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May 27, 2011

Hawthorne mourns loss of 'excellent' police officer

LA Times blog

Hawthorne police officers, civic leaders and residents were struggling Friday with the first loss of a police officer while on duty in the department's 89-year history.

May 25, 2011

Prosecutors seek further investigation before charging Dodgers beating suspect

LA Times

Because the suspect is in jail on a parole hold, the LAPD has more than the usual amount of time to file charges against him. Meanwhile, the victim's family sues the Dodgers and Frank McCourt for 'disturbing' lack of security.

May 25, 2011

No easy fix for California's prison crisis

LA Times

Even if a court order to ease crowding can be met, sentencing laws could fill lockups again, analysts say.

May 24, 2011

Torrance resident to receive LAPD Medal of Valor for bravery

Torrance Daily Breeze

Owen Berger saw the movement out of his right eye. Suddenly, the shots rang out.

May 23, 2011

Police arrest suspect in beating of Giants fan at Dodger Stadium

LA Times blog

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, an ex-convict and documented gang member, is arrested on suspicion of attacking Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on opening day.

May 19, 2011

Public Safety and Crimefighting in the Age of Twitter

The Crime Report

Law enforcement agencies around the country are increasingly reaching out to the public through social networking tools.

May 17, 2011

LAPD acknowledges shortcomings in retaliation investigations

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police officials Tuesday acknowledged serious shortcomings in the way the LAPD investigates claims of retaliation among officers, vowing quick reforms to the unit that investigates such cases and better training for supervisors who are often accused of workplace misconduct.

May 17, 2011

Dodger fan beating: reward upped to $200K+

ABC7

In a Tuesday afternoon news conference in Cypress Park, Los Angeles Police Dept. officials discussed updates in the case of the beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on March 31. Bryan Stow attended the Dodgers home opener against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on March 31. Stow, a Giants fan and San Francisco resident, was attacked by two men in the parking lot after the game. He was severely beaten and hospitalized in critical condition. A coma was medically induced in order to reduce swelling on his brain. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Northeast Division Captain Bill Murphy released further details in the investigation Tuesday afternoon. The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two suspects was raised by another contribution from the Dodger organization to more than $200,000. The reward offer was previously $100,000. The Dodgers had already contributed money to the reward fund. Chief Beck said there are 17 detectives working full-time on the case. The department has received about 500 various clues. Beck said there are currently more than 300 billboards in the L.A. area featuring the reward and composite sketches of the suspects. Capt. Murphy said the leads have been prioritized as police continue to intensively investigate the incident. Beck said the case was a top priority of the department. He said there were several strong leads, particularly pertaining to the female driver of the car that took the two suspects away on the night of the beating. The woman was described as wearing a white Andre Ethier Dodgers jersey. Related Content Story: Giants fan Bryan Stow moved to San Francisco Story: Ad company aims to catch men in fan beating Story: Giants fan Bryan Stow's family speaks out Story: Beaten Giants fan may have brain damage Murphy said that in the upcoming Dodger home series against the Giants, there would be an LAPD office set up at the Stadium Club in Lot L. Anyone with tips about the crime is able to report to officers there and remain anonymous. Wanted flyers will also be distributed throughout the stadium. Murphy said the attack on Stow lasted about 30 seconds in a dark lot. Police believe there is no connection between Stow and the suspects; they believe he was attacked for wearing Giants gear. Beck and Murphy both stressed that the upcoming home series against the Giants would be safe for families to attend. Murphy compared behavior at Dodger games this season to the 2010 season. He was the incident commander at Dodger Stadium during last season's home opener. Last year's opening game saw more than 200 people ejected and 132 arrests. Sunday's game saw two ejections from the park, and two people were ticketed for drinking in public. He attributed that difference to changes made in Dodger Stadium security procedures. Stow remains hospitalized. He was transported Monday from Los Angeles to a San Francisco hospital to be closer to his family. Anyone with information related to the case should contact Los Angeles Police at (877) LAPD-24-7.

May 16, 2011

Search Allowed if Police Hear Evidence Being Destroyed

NY Times

The police do not need a warrant to enter a home if they smell burning marijuana, knock loudly, announce themselves and hear what they think is the sound of evidence being destroyed, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in an 8-to-1 decision.

May 16, 2011

Officer retaliation problems still plague LAPD, inspector general finds

LA Times

The independent watchdog of the Los Angeles Police Department again has found serious shortcomings in how the LAPD investigates cases of retaliation among officers.

May 14, 2011

Man tries to run police over w/ car in NoHo

ABC7

An investigation is under way into an officer-involved shooting in North Hollywood where a man tried to run over police with a car.

May 13, 2011

Cities nationwide heighten vigilance on terror

NY Times

In large and midsize cities across the country, police chiefs and domestic security officials say they have drastically increased counterterrorism operations under the assumption that a “lone wolf” or a small group of terrorists will try to strike on American soil to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.

May 13, 2011

How many police? It depends on how much crime you want

Washington Post

Over the past three years, the District has reduced the number of its police officer positions from 4,200 to 3,800, and the number of officers would continue to fall to about 3,500 in the next 18 months under Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget plan.

May 13, 2011

316 Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Are Honored During Candlelight Vigil At The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

NLEOMF PR

Attorney General Eric Holder leads the lighting of candles and reading of the officers’ names; 152 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010, a 25% increase over 2009.

May 12, 2011

4 LAPD officers honored with 'Top Cop' awards at White House

LA Daily News

Four Los Angeles police officers were among 30 law enforcement personnel receiving "Top Cop" awards today at the White House.

May 10, 2011

Debate persists over effectiveness of surveillance program

LA Daily News

The city's controversial red-light traffic cameras issued 46,000 tickets last year.

May 10, 2011

Budget committee suggests furlough days for LAPD officers, certain firefighters

LA Times blog

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to recommend six furlough days for police officers and certain firefighters in January if labor talks are unproductive in the coming months.

May 9, 2011

LAPD's gun buyback event nets more than 2,000 weapons

LA Times blog

A Los Angeles gun buyback that offered gift certificates for people who turn in guns netted 2,062 weapons over the weekend, including 91 assault rifles and a black Uzi machine pistol with a massive silencer, L.A. police said.

May 9, 2011

Senate approves LAPD bill on BB guns

LA Times blog

The state Senate on Monday approved a measure requested by the Los Angeles Police Department to require BB guns to be made in bright colors so that police officers do not mistake them for real firearms.

May 8, 2011

Flood of lawsuits by LAPD officers costs the city millions

LA Times

At least 17 officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in the last decade in lawsuits involving accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices.

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