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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 2, 2022
Law Enforcement News

New Limits On ‘Pretextual Stops' By LAPD Officers Approved, Riling Police Union
Under a new policy adopted Tuesday, Los Angeles police can no longer use minor violations as an excuse to investigate motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians for more serious crimes unless they first have information that justifies the intrusion. And when officers do make these stops, called “pretextual stops,” they now must record themselves on their body-worn cameras stating their reasons for suspecting a more serious crime has occurred, according to the new rules. Officers who fail to do so will be required first to undergo training and will face increasingly severe discipline for subsequent violations. Union leaders from the Los Angeles Police Protective League warned the new rules were a threat to public safety. They also claimed the process the commission followed to change the policy violated the union's collective bargaining agreement with the city and that the union was considering legal options to challenge the new policy. In a statement, the union said Briggs “should get off his soapbox, do his homework and tell the truth about pretext stops and the important role they play in taking guns off our streets.” The statement cited data suggesting there were 817 firearms seized during 726 stops in the Newton Division in 2021, and that the seizures “prevented our residents from being shot, shot at, intimidated, victimized and murdered.” Los Angeles Times

Woman's Burned Body Found In Shopping Cart Near Downtown Los Angeles
A woman's burned body was found in a shopping cart near downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning, prompting an investigation from police. Los Angeles police said officers responded to the intersection of Main Street and Wilhardt Street after the incident was reported around 4:49 a.m. When officers arrived to the scene they discovered the burned body, according to LAPD. Police are currently investigating the case as a suspicious death. George Gibbs, who works inside a nearby warehouse, heard the sirens and knew it was something serious. "It's very concerning. In fact, the whole safety environment in this area has been getting a little tense since the pandemic started," Gibbs said. Police say someone saw the fire and tried to put it out, and that's when the woman's body was found. The woman has not been identified. ABC 7

Detectives Hospitalized After Being Exposed To Unknown Substance During Reseda Investigation
Two Ventura County sheriff's detectives were treated at a hospital Tuesday after being exposed to an unknown substance while conducting an investigation at an apartment in Reseda. Paramedics sent to the 19300 block of Sherman Way at 7:30 a.m. transported three people for hospital treatment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which did not confirm the affiliation of any of the patients. According to CBS2, the two detectives were exposed to the substance while serving a warrant in an apartment in connection with an investigation into a commercial burglary that had occurred in January. Sheriff's Capt. Denise Silva told the station that a detective inhaled a powdery substance, lost consciousness, and had to be carried out by her fellow detective. Both detectives were taken to a hospital for evaluation and were reported to be in stable condition. Los Angeles Daily News

Rapper Yngx 17 Run Over, Killed By Trailer After Altercation With Driver
A Los Angeles hip-hop artist and rapper was killed Monday after he was run over and pinned beneath a trailer following an altercation with a driver in North Hollywood, authorities said. Taariq Grant, 28, of Los Angeles, whose performing name is Yngx 17, was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as the man killed. Los Angeles police said a pedestrian and a driver who was hauling a trailer engaged in a “brief verbal altercation” at Riverside Drive and Camarillo Street about 3:40 p.m., LAPD spokesperson Lizeth Lomeli said. The pedestrian then climbed atop the trailer, which crashed into a concrete divider, causing him to fall and become trapped beneath its wheels, police said. First-responders pronounced the man, who was later identified as Grant, dead at the scene. A family member on Tuesday confirmed Grant's death and his musical recording work as Yngx 17. The death is still under investigation, police said. Los Angeles Times

LAPD Wants To Name Station After Margaret “Peggy” York, Groundbreaking Cop And First Female Deputy Chief
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday, March 1, unanimously recommended naming one of the Police Department's stations after the first female deputy chief, a woman who had already been a groundbreaking cop and helped inspire a TV show. Adding her name to the department's Northeast Station was “one way we can memorialize the legacy of a trailblazer,” Cmdr. Ruby Flores told the commission while briefly discussing the legacy of Margaret Ann “Peggy” York, part of the department's first all-female homicide detective team that served as inspiration for the 1980s television series “Cagney & Lacey.” “They never sought out to be trailblazers or ever think that this TV show would take off,” Flores said. “This was sadly because no one else wanted to work with the two women.” The vote by the commissioners sent the recommendation to the City Council for consideration, with a motion coming as early as the City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 2. The department chose the Northeast Station, which sits just south of the southern border of Glendale, because York was based there during her time as a detective, Flores said. Plans to memorialize York at the station would include adding her name to the front of the building and installing a plaque that includes her photo and a biography that recounts her achievements. Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Backs Off Chase After Driver Nearly Strikes Person In Koreatown
The driver of a stolen car who nearly hit a person and a dog during a police pursuit was at large Tuesday after police called off the chase. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department began pursuing the driver in the Echo Park area around 11:20 p.m. Monday and the chase moved to the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway and residential streets through Echo Park, Silver Lake and the Elysian Fields neighborhood near Dodger Stadium. The driver then went back though Echo Park, with the driver at times driving on the wrong side of the street at high speeds. While driving through Koreatown, the driver nearly struck a pedestrian and a dog before heading toward the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. The LAPD canceled the pursuit just after 11:30 p.m. Monday due in part to the reckless and dangerous driving. The driver was last seen traveling west on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. NBC 4

Bentley Driver Speeding At 90 MPH Crashes Into Cars On West Hills Street
A Bentley driver was traveling at about 90 mph before crashing into several parked cars early Tuesday in West Hills. Video from a home's security camera captured the sound of screeching tires and sparks as the Bentley slammed into cars. One of the cars parked on Vanowen Street flipped around when it was struck by the high-end luxury car. Four parked cars were damaged in the crash, reported at about 3 a.m. The driver was hospitalized in critical condition.  NBC 4

Six Alleged Counterfeit Clothing Sellers Banned From LA's Fashion District
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday that his office has secured a permanent injunction barring six alleged sellers of counterfeit clothes from being in the Fashion District for the next 10 years. The six people allegedly sold counterfeit items purporting to be Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The City Attorney's Office alleges that some of them are members of or affiliated with the “Malditos” and “Hope Street” gangs. “Selling knock-offs is a source of income for some criminal gangs, who can use that money to fund other illicit activities. Moreover, fakes often are made by victims of labor trafficking,” Feuer said. “It's vital to continue to disrupt gang-involved counterfeit rings in L.A. And I want to reiterate the risks of purchasing counterfeit goods, whether on the street or through social media channels like Instagram, YouTube and Offer Up. You never know the quality or safety of the products, from whom you are buying or what they will do with the proceeds,” he added. The complaint's defendants allegedly used two-way radios to warn of incoming police while selling counterfeit goods in the Fashion District, including in Santee Alley, as well as from storefronts, sidewalk stands, stairwells and parking lots.

Prolific Southern California Bank Robber Dubbed ‘Green Gaiter Bandit' Arrested
A South Bay man accused of robbing multiple banks in Southern California was arrested by authorities in Los Angeles County Sunday. Christopher Paul Daniels, 55, of Torrance, was arrested in Palos Verdes Estates. Daniels is at the center of a massive bank robbery investigation by the FBI and several other law enforcement agencies. Authorities have responded to 19 robberies or attempted robberies in Orange and Los Angeles counties since October 2021. The FBI believes it has been able to link Daniels to at least 12 of these crimes. The bank robber in these cases wore a green camouflage gaiter covering part of his face, which led to law enforcement dubbing him the “Green Gaiter Bandit.” On Sunday he was arrested while he was in a white Toyota Yaris, the same make of vehicle spotted at some of the robberies he's accused of committing. Daniels appeared in federal court Monday after he was charged with robbing or attempting to rob four banks: U.S. Bank in Mission Viejo on Jan. 7; Wells Fargo Bank in Placentia on Jan. 21; Chase Bank in Fullerton on Jan. 21; and Bank of the West in Fullerton on Jan. 27. The criminal complaint filed against Daniels sates he is also a suspect in at least eight other robberies. KTLA 5

California Father With Restraining Order Kills Daughters, Chaperone, Himself At Sacramento Church
A father with a restraining order shot and killed his three daughters, their chaperone and himself during a supervised visit with the girls at a church in Sacramento, California, authorities said. His girls were 9, 10 and 13. The man wasn't identified and neither were the victims. Authorities said the man was 39 years old. The mother was not there at the time of the shooting and has been alerted to what happened. The Sacramento County Sheriff was expected to release the names later on Tuesday. Deputies responding to reports of gunfire around 5 p.m. Monday found five people dead, including the shooter, at the church in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood, said Sgt. Rod Grassmann with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. The shooter was estranged from his daughters' mother, who had a restraining order against him, Sheriff Scott Jones said. Investigators believe the shooting happened during a supervised visit with the children and that the fourth victim was their chaperone, Jones said. An employee of The Church In Sacramento heard the gunshots and called 911, Grassmann said. Sheriff's officials are investigating it as a domestic violence incident, he said. FOX 11

Man Open Fires In Milwaukee Police Station, Officers Return Fire
A man walked into a Milwaukee police station and opened fire on officers Friday, reported WISN. Officers returned fire, sending the man running out the door where officers eventually caught up to him. According to the report, seven officers were involved in the shooting but none were injured. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. The seven officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave, reported FOX 6. "There is a lot of destruction," said Police Chief Jeffrey Norman of the shooting's aftermath. "This is where you come in to file reports, so this is something that I will say no one really expects." Norman commended his officers for how they responded to the situation. "There is a lot of shaken up staff," Norman told FOX 6. "My heart is out to my staff. I'm very proud of how they're handling themselves. I know that we're wrapping our arms around them." The Milwaukee Police Association says officers were horrified that the city's rising violence came right to their front door. “They're shocked. They're angry," Andrew Wagner, the president of the association, told TMJ 4. “This isn't just affecting officers. It's affecting our community and they're living in a place of crime and disorder and something needs to be changed.”  PoliceOne

Suspect In Death Of Arkansas DOC Sergeant Is Captured After Manhunt
A man suspected in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas Department of Corrections sergeant was captured early Tuesday, authorities said. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Demark Lee Jordan, 38, was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Authorities were searching for him in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of Sgt. Joshua Caudell, a 29-year-old sergeant who was assisting local law enforcement. A court hearing wasn't immediately set for Jordan and it wasn't known Tuesday morning whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. Caudell, a married father of three children, was part of a K-9 team assisting Pulaski County deputies who were responding to a residential disturbance in Maumelle, just outside Little Rock. Authorities have said someone opened fire on responding officers, and Caudell was struck and killed. Caudell had worked with the Department of Corrections since December 2012. Associated Press

Severity Of Domestic Violence Incidents Increased During Pandemic, Experts Say
A study by researchers at the University of Michigan from the early months of the pandemic found incidents of violence among domestic partners did not increase overall, but the nature of the attacks in some cases was more severe. But advocates with Metro Detroit organizations that offer services to victims of domestic violence said they are seeing more requests for help and believe incidents may be on the rise as many experts feared when the pandemic began in Michigan in March of 2020. The UM researchers studied 1,169 Michigan women and transgender/nonbinary residents from June to August 2020. About 1 in 7 women in Michigan and trans/nonbinary individuals had experienced domestic violence, similar to the numbers of incidents before the pandemic, the study found. But 1 in 10 experienced new incidents which were more frequent and more severe violence, according to Sarah Peitzmeier, assistant professor at the UM School of Nursing and School of Public Health and the study's co-author. People who were experiencing financial hardships or having problems finding housing were more likely to experience new, worse or more frequent intimate partner violence, the study found. Transgender and nonbinary people as well as those living with six or more people in a household were also more likely to experience more severe domestic violence. The Detroit News

Public Safety News

Fire Crews Knock Down Blaze At 2-Story Structure In Encino
Firefighters were battling a structure fire at 5130 N. Yarmouth Ave. in Encino. According to officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department, two additional task forces were requested, while crews were in defensive mode on the two-story garden style home. Firefighters have since gotten the fire under control. It was unclear what started the fire. So far, no injuries have been reported.  CBS 2

L.A. County Likely To Drop Indoor Mask Order Friday
Los Angeles County will likely lift its universal indoor mask mandate Friday, a significant acceleration of the expected timeline following changes in federal face-covering guidance. While nothing is set in stone, the potential changes would align L.A. County's mask rules with those unveiled Monday by the California Department of Public Health, meaning it would be strongly recommended — but not required — for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents to wear masks in public indoor settings. “As we've emphasized throughout the pandemic, masks are one of the easiest things we can do to prevent COVID-19 transmission and provide strong protection to the person wearing them as well as to the people around them,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Ferrer also announced plans to relax some vaccine-verification rules in L.A. County. She said vaccine-or-test rules will no longer be required at outdoor mega events — such as at SoFi and Dodger stadiums and at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and the Hollywood Bowl — and vaccination verification will no longer be required in indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, distilleries, wineries and breweries. Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council Confirms Appointment Of Kristin Crowley As First Woman To Lead LA Fire Department
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment Tuesday of Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley to be the first woman to lead the Los Angeles Fire Department. The appointment is effective March 26, when Chief Ralph Terrazas is scheduled to retire. "I think it's so fitting for this nomination to come to council today, on the first day of Women's History Month," Council President Nury Martinez said. "Our city's fire department has gone 136 years without a woman in its highest office and today we're going to finally be able to turn the page." Martinez added that Crowley "made a name for herself in the department as a strong leader, a hard worker and someone who does not shy away from a challenge." Crowley already made history within the LAFD when she became the city's first female fire marshal in 2016. "I'm truly honored to be considered the nominee for the next fire chief of the Los Angeles city fire department and I am humbled and proud to have earned the opportunity to represent each and every one of our 3,779-strong civilian and sworn personnel of our department," Crowley told council members before Tuesday's vote. ABC 7

LA City Council Approves Motions Aimed At Combating Illegal Dumping
The Los Angeles City Council today approved components of a plan aimed at reducing illegal dumping throughout the city, including by shortening the time it takes to deploy cleanup teams when a report is made about excess trash and debris. “The city of Los Angeles is facing a crisis when it comes to trash, bulky items and illegal dumping. In every corner of the city, pieces of furniture, loose debris and trash piles are prevalent,'' Councilman Kevin de León wrote in one of five motions introduced Feb. 1 as part of his “Clean Streets Now'' plan. Four of the five motions were passed 11-0 Tuesday. The fifth motion has not yet been considered by the council. According to de León, the Bureau of Sanitation has nine two-person teams that deploy each day to handle illegal dumping cleanup. The Office of Community Beautification also provides funding to address loose trash and debris, and council district offices fund their own crews to address it as well. “The city consistently pours more resources every year into cleaning the public right of way, but progress has been slow and the city is not moving the needle on neighborhood cleanliness,'' de León wrote in one of the motions. WestSide Current

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