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June 6, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Procession for 32-year-old LAPD officer who died after suffering spinal injury during training
A procession was held Friday for a Los Angeles police officer who  died following a training accident  at LAPD's Elysian Park Academy last week. Houston Tipping, 32, a five-year veteran of the force who served as a bike instructor in the Devonshire area, was injured during a training exercise involving grappling with another officer, according to LAPD. A  GoFundMe page  has been established to help Tipping's family and girlfriend. ABC 7

How Los Angeles became a hotbed for terrifying ‘follow home' robberies
For the past seven weeks, Donna Martin has kept vigil at the bedside of her son, Christopher Charles Martin. Some days Christopher, 27, is able to move his limbs and his eyes, and Martin believes he is trying to comfort her when he hears her cry. “Christopher has always been a protector,” said Martin. “He is very protective of me, and all of his family members.” On April 15, Christopher's protectiveness nearly cost him his life after he was shot in the head while trying to defend friends during a “follow-home” robbery — a trend that has terrorized Angelenos since last year. Distinguished by their coordination and brutality, the attacks target people leaving upscale restaurants, hotels or posh clubs. NY Post

Victim of hit-and-run in Venice outraged over juvenile suspect's sentence
A mother who was the victim of a hit and run in Venice, an incident that also struck her infant child who was in a carriage, has expressed outrage over the sentencing of the juvenile suspect. Security cameras caught the stunning crash last year in August when the mother and her child were struck. KCAL 9

Two of Three Encino Stabbing Victims Released From Hospital
Two of the three people injured in a stabbing attack at Encino Hospital Medical Center have been released from a hospital. A third victim remained in fair, but stable, condition Saturday, according to the hospital where they were treated after Friday's stabbing. The victims were identified as two nurses and a doctor who worked at the Encino medical center. All three were removed from the hospital and taken by ambulance to Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center. NBC 4

2 women stabbed in Canoga Park 'group fight'
Two women are hospitalized after they were stabbed in what police are calling a "group fight" at a party in  Canoga Park  Saturday night. According to the  LAPD , a caller reported an assault with a deadly weapon around 9:40 p.m. in the 6900 block of Alabama Avenue. When officers got to the scene, they found the two victims suffering from lacerations. Both women were last listed in stable condition at a local hospital, according to authorities. There were also "multiple victims of battery," according to police. Fox 11

Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Killed in San Bernardino Shootout After High-Speed Chase A high-speed chase following a bank robbery Thursday afternoon in San Bernardino County ended with a deadly shootout involving sheriff's deputies. The bank robbery suspect was shot and killed after he opened fire on the deputies at the end of the chase, authorities said. Events unfolded quickly in the community east of Los Angeles after deputies received a report about 3:30 p.m. of an attempted burglary at a closed bank in Grand Terrace. Authorities then received a report of a bank robbery in nearby Colton, about 50 miles east of LA. NBC 4

LAUSD issues fentanyl health alert after 3 students overdose on drugs bought online  
A health alert issued by Los Angeles Unified School District is warning parents about fentanyl-laced drugs that can be purchased online and the dangers to those who take them. The health alert comes after three students in Santa Monica ingested fentanyl-laced drugs last week and overdosed. Officials said the students thought they were buying ecstasy online. A letter from the school district's medical director sent to parents on Wednesday said the students suffered “neurological consequences” after ingesting the fentanyl-laced drugs. LA Daily News

Whittier police officer dies in off-duty motorcycle crash: WPD
An officer with Southern California's Whittier Police Department was killed in a weekend motorcycle crash while off duty, authorities said. Lanell Whitfield died in the crash Saturday afternoon in the city of Lynwood, south of downtown Los Angeles, the department said in a statement. “Officer Whitfield was a beloved partner and friend, and a dedicated protector of the community,” the statement said. KTLA

Child in backseat when car was stolen is reunited with mother; suspect arrested
A woman was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly stealing a mother's SUV while her child was in the backseat. Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers received a call about a car theft and kidnapping near 110th Street and Wilmington Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The mother told police that she had pulled over because of a flat tire. As the driver left the vehicle to look at the tire, a woman entered the car and drove off, according to police. Los Angeles Times

Woman, boy fatally shot in Baldwin Park following domestic-related incident
A woman and child were fatally shot in Baldwin Park Sunday evening, as part of what authorities are referring to as a "domestic-related incident." The shooting occurred just after 9:20 p.m. in the 4200 block of Merced Avenue, where arriving Baldwin Park Police officers found two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. CBS 2

Iowa Supreme Court lowers bar to get workers' comp for PTSD for first responders
In a 4-3 decision, the Iowa Supreme Court has in effect lowered the bar for workers' compensation claims by emergency responders to receive benefits for trauma-induced mental injuries suffered on the job. The decision was released Friday with Chief Justice Susan Christensen and Justices Brent Appel, Dana Oxley and Matthew McDermott siding with the appellant, Mandy Tripp. Justices Tom Waterman, Edward Mansfield and Christopher McDonald dissented. PoliceOne

Local Government News

Mayor Eric Garcetti signs revised $11.8 billion budget for 2022-23
Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an $11.8 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year Thursday, with a 6.5% increase to the Los Angeles Police Department as well as a second year of historic spending of more than $1 billion related to homelessness. Yahoo News

LAHSA to immediately review policies following CBS 2 investigation
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said it will make every effort to distribute and donate food after a CBS 2 investigation captured outreach workers trashing food meant for the unhoused. The agency has been criticized recently after CBS 2 Investigates and investigative reporter David Goldstein caught LAHSA outreach workers repeatedly throwing away cases of county-funded food that was supposed to go to the homeless. "I don't know if there's much of a greater sin than throwing good food away especially when people are hungry," said Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin on May 31.  CBS 2

LA Councilman Joe Buscaino seeks to ban homeless encampments near libraries
Two days after the Los Angeles City Council took steps to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of all schools and daycare facilities, Councilman Joe Buscaino on Friday introduced a motion to ban encampments near city libraries. The city's anti-camping law, which went into effect last year, already restricts sleeping and encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare facilities after each individual location is approved for enforcement by the City Council. On Tuesday, the council voted 13-2 to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance amendment to prohibit sitting, lying, sleeping or storing personal property within 500 feet of "any school or daycare." ABC 7

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