60 Law Enforcement Officers Fatally Shot This Year, 20 in Ambushes, Report Says
A total of 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 67 percent increase since 2015, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported. Citing a preliminary report from January 1 through November 23, the organization said that Texas has seen the most fatalities this year with 18. So far, 130 officers have died nationwide.
Bay Area Police Officer in Critical Condition After Being Attacked With Skateboard
A South San Francisco police officer was in critical condition after a man struck him in the head with a skateboard during a confrontation on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said. The officer was responding to a disturbance in the early afternoon at a business in the 300 block of Grand Avenue, police said. When the officer arrived at the scene, the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, refused to follow the officer’s commands, authorities said.
Wounded Hawthorne Police Officer Recovering After Confrontation With Armed Man
A Hawthorne police officer wounded in an officer-involved shooting at a storage facility is in good spirits and making progress in his recovery, authorities said Thursday. Hawthorne police posted a picture on Twitter of a smiling Officer Williams in his hospital bed. “His right femur has been replaced with a metal rod and he’s been moving around a little with the use of crutches,” according to the statement. “We at HPD have a lot to be thankful for today.”
Texas State Trooper Hit by Gunfire From Mexico
A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gun battle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
Lt. Johnny Hernandez of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound. The state trooper was hit about 1 p.m. Friday while on foot patrol with the Border Patrol agent in Fronton, on the border about 105 miles upstream from Brownsville.
Law Enforcement News
Union-backed Changes to LAPD Disciplinary System Could Go to Voters
Los Angeles city leaders took the first step Wednesday toward a major overhaul of the Police Department’s disciplinary process — a move long sought by the union that represents rank-and-file officers. City Council President Herb Wesson unveiled plans for a May ballot measure that would allow the LAPD’s Board of Rights panels, which review serious misconduct cases, to be made up entirely of civilians. Craig Lally, president of the police union, said Wesson’s proposal would represent the biggest change to the LAPD’s disciplinary process in 50 years.
Los Angeles Times
LAPD Could Roll Out ‘Less-lethal’ Weapon Citywide to Curb Escalation
Los Angeles police have long used “less-lethal” launchers with sponge rounds for crowd control and by their elite SWAT team on individuals when less than deadly force may have been needed. But in July, the Los Angeles Police Department equipped patrol officers from several stations, including the Mission Community Police Station in Mission Hills, with these “guns” and their 40 mm sponge rounds, which are intended to incapacitate but not kill a subject, to use on their beats for the first time. Jamie McBride, a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said he’s “all for it,” as long as their use on patrol does not cause officers to put themselves in harm’s way. “If someone is walking to you with a knife and starts to raise it, that’s not the time to use a ‘less lethal’ weapon,” he said.
Los Angeles Daily News
Two Officers Start Their Run From L.A. to Sacramento
Two LAPD officers have set out on a 12-day long run from Los Angeles to Sacramento, California to raise awareness about police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty, called Project Endure. Officers Joe Cirrito and Kristina Tudor will run a total of 40 miles a day – each will run 20 – in full Class-A uniforms, including their hats and gun belts. The pair will also be raising money for charity: Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and the LA Memorial Wall.
Watts Bears, Football Team Coached By LAPD, Honored At Grad Ceremony
The Watts Bears, a unique team coached by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, are the new L.A. County Pop Warner Southern Conference Champions. The football team, which consists of players who live in housing projects in Watts, beat the odds and are thankful for their law enforcement coaches. “We don’t really like think of them as police officers. We just think of them as the coaches,” Dominic Conner said.
Cops Battle Cops in Court: Wrongdoing by LAPD Top Staff?
Six members of the Los Angeles Police Internal Affairs Group are suing the city over “whistleblower retaliation,” alleging they were wrongfully reprimanded in a dispute about unlawful activities and nepotism within the department’s upper levels. The lawsuit says the six believe they were targeted because a deputy chief thought they would speak in support of another internal affairs cop who was vocal about the supposed wrongdoing.
My News L.A.
Woman Found Beaten to Death Inside Harbor City Motel Room
A woman was found beaten to death inside a motel room in Harbor City Sunday and police have no suspect at this point, Los Angeles police said. The woman’s body was found about 11:40 a.m. inside the Colony Motel at 1629 Pacific Coast Highway, according to LAPD Officer Irma Mota. The woman appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, Mota said. Her name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Blunt force trauma appears to be the cause of death, Mota added. Police have no suspect information so far, she said. The homicide investigation was being handled by LAPD’s Harbor Division.
My News L.A.
LAPD Says Valley Gang Targeted Wrong Victim
Jose Zeron was not a gang member, but the man he was with the morning he was shot and killed is – and police believe the killer killed the wrong person. “He wasn’t perfect but he was the perfect son for me,” said Carmen Zeron of her 37-year-old son they called “Joe.” Carmen said Joe was friends with every person he met and often did charitable things for strangers.
Four People Injured in Shooting at Wilmington Party: LAPD
Two males and two females were injured a shooting at a Wilmington party early Monday, officials said. The incident was reported about 12:40 a.m. in the 1000 block of North McDonald Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Two females and one male were taken to a hospital by ambulance and another male later arrived at the hospital.
More Than $10,000 Stolen During Armed Robbery of Northridge Guitar Center
A helmet-clad robber armed with a handgun got away with more than $10,000 in cash from the Guitar Center in Northridge on Saturday night after tying up the manager with zip ties, police said Sunday. The incident occurred at the store at 19510 Nordhoff Street after closing time sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., said LAPD Sgt. Brian Eldridge of the Devonshire Community Police Station. The robber, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet the entire time and is believed to be male, met the manager outside, took him inside the store, zip-tied him in his office and then took an unknown amount of money that exceeded $10,000, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News
Neighbors Evacuated During Hours-long North Hills Apartment Barricade
Residents were forced to evacuate an apartment complex while a man was barricaded inside for hours on Wednesday in North Hills. The standoff began at around 5 p.m. in the 8500 block of Columbus Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Mission Division. Officers were called in for a possible domestic violence dispute between a man and a woman.
Tear Gas Terminates Tense Squatter SWAT Standoff
A homeless man taking shelter in a residence under construction was forced out with a volley of tear gas and arrested Wednesday after a tense, hours-long standoff with a SWAT team. The incident began about 9:30 a.m. near Beverly and Plymouth boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The unidentified suspect was taken into custody shortly before 2 p.m. KNX Newsradio reported that the man was squatting in a home under construction and had threatened workers, but he was not believed to be armed. He was taken into custody after police used tear gas, the radio station reported. No further details were available.
City News Service
Carjackers’ Big Mistake: Armed Victim is Fed Cop, Shoots Attacker
Two carjacking suspects picked the wrong victim as their target turned out to be an armed off-duty ICE agent in Wilmington who wounded one of his attackers, police said. The shooting occurred around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday near Figueroa and Anaheim streets, prompting the closure of the Anaheim Street off-ramp from the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway. The agent fired shots at the female driver and her male passenger as they took off in his white Mazda, according to reports from the scene. Both suspects were in police custody, according to a Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division officer.
City News Service
LAPD, FBI to Address Threatening Letter Sent to California Mosques
The Los Angeles Police Department has scheduled a press conference for Monday with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and leaders of local Muslim community to address a vitriolic letter sent to at least three California mosques. The author addressed the letter “to the children of Satan” and called Muslims “a vile and filthy people.” “There’s a new sheriff in town,” the letter said, “President Donald Trump.”
Family Members Of Pregnant Woman Stabbed To Death In Venice Speak Out
Family members of a 22-year-old pregnant mother who was stabbed to death in Venice spoke with Eyewitness News Thursday. Jasmine Preciado was a mother to a 3-year-old girl and pregnant with her second child when she was killed in a brutal stabbing at Windward and Pacific avenues. “They killed not only her but a baby, an unborn child. It’s caused us a lot of hurt and we’re all suffering now. Now her daughter’s not going to have a mom anymore,” her aunt, Jackie Bustamante, said.
Family, Friends Come Together To Mourn 70-Year-Old Killed In Hollywood Hit-And-Run
A few weeks ago, Gabriela Futsi’s friends gathered to celebrate her 70th birthday.
Her daughter, Isabelle Futsi, told CBS2’s Tina Patel that despite some health issues, her mom had good reason to cheer and to look forward. Now the same friends are looking back at Futsi’s life, cut short by a hit-and-run driver Saturday.
With Hate Crimes Rising, L.A. Law Enforcement Vows to Crack Down
As hate crimes surge in California and across the country, Los Angeles law enforcement leaders came together Wednesday to promise they will not let the city fall victim to fear. Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey spoke about the wide-ranging effects that bias crimes can have on the city and county, urging victims of crimes with a racial or religious motive to come forward immediately.
Los Angeles Times
Emaciated Dog Found on Side of Road in San Fernando Valley by Off-Duty LAPD Officers Makes Improbable Recovery
Two police officers and two animal rights advocates serendipitously discovered a dying dog on the side of a secluded road in the San Fernando Valley just in time to save its life. The boxer, now named Bronx, was first found laying in pain by off-duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rick So on his usual route home. The dog wasn’t moving, and So thought he had been hit by a car due to the way his shoulder joints were protruding because he was so emaciated.
Two Northern California Inmates At-large After Rappelling From 2nd-story Window
Four inmates cut their way through the bars of a second-story window and rappelled down the side of a California jail using a makeshift rope of bedding and clothing before making their way clear of the facility, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office said Thursday. Two of the men were recaptured just outside the jail after the Wednesday night escape, but the other two, Rogelio Chavez and Lanon Campbell, remained on the lam early Thursday, Sgt. Rich Glennon said. Crime scene detectives were working to figure out how the men were able to cut through the window’s bars. A deputy patrolling the jail’s perimeter spotted the men as they made their escape.
Strangled With a Shoelace: Slaying of Inmate in Lancaster Prison Came After ‘Extremely Vicious’ Fight
When Leron Morris summoned guards to his cell at a state prison in Lancaster, he showed them a gruesome, bloody scene and a lifeless body. Morris and his cellmate, Rashell Clarke Jr., had a furious fight that ended only after Morris bit off part of the other man’s ear and wrapped a shoelace around his neck, strangling him, according to investigative reports.
Los Angeles Times
California’s Legal System Beset by Scandal, Conflict
While other, more pejorative, terms could be used to describe California’s massive legal system these days, let’s just say it’s in disarray, and count the ways. The State Bar, an agency that licenses and oversees hundreds of thousands of California attorneys, has been wracked by financial irregularities and allegations that it has neglected to protect us from unethical or incompetent lawyers.
Active Shooter Reported at Ohio State University; 8 Hospitalized, 1 Critical
At least eight people were taken to hospitals after an active shooter was reported on the Ohio State University campus Monday, authorities said. One of those eight patients is in critical condition, Columbus Fire spokeswoman Rebecca Diehm said.
Colo. Trooper Fatally Struck While Investigating Crash
An 11-year Colorado State Patrol trooper was investigating a crash on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock Friday afternoon when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle, officials said. Trooper Cody Donahue was out of his vehicle when he was hit by a commercial truck pulling a trailer, said Deputy Chad Teller, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Castle Rock Gazette