Sindicato de la Policía de Los Ángeles Ataca al Jefe Charlie Beck

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

El sindicato que representa a oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles arremetió contra el Jefe de la policía Charlie Beck el miércoles por la mañana, uniendo sus políticas a un aumento de la delincuencia y pidiendo audiencias al Ayuntamiento para que hable de sus estrategias en su lucha contra la delincuencia.

“La Liga Protectora de la Policía de Los Ángeles solicitará formalmente que el Comité de Seguridad Pública del Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles lleve a cabo inmediatamente audiencias públicas para determinar la efectividad de los esfuerzos actuales del jefe Beck para reducir el crimen y que propone hacer para reducir el dramático aumento de la delincuencia”, anunció un

comunicado.

“El LAPPL también divulgará el peligroso bajo número de personal de patrullas de policía que ponen en peligro a residentes, visitantes, empresas y agentes de la policía de Los Ángeles”.

El sindicato de la policía citó un aumento del 20,2% en los crímenes violentos y un 10,7% de aumento en los delitos contra la propiedad del 2014 al 2015.

Las relaciones entre el jefe y el sindicato parecen estar particularmente tensas desde que él pidió la semana pasada que se presentaran cargos contra el oficial de LAPD, Clifford Proctor por la muerte a tiros de un indigente llamado Brendon Glenn en Venice el 5 de mayo. Fue su primera tal llamada.

“Yo no hago esto a la ligera y en la gran mayoría de las veces, como ustedes saben muy bien, yo me pongo de su lado, independientemente de la opinión pública”, el jefe le dijo a oficiales en un video. “Pero en este caso, tuve que llamarlo como lo vi. Tuve que hacer lo correcto”.

Dirigentes sindicales de la Policía acusaron al jefe de abanderamiento al enfrentar presión política y pública.

Jaime McBride, uno de los directores del sindicato dijo que al hacer pública su recomendación para acusar a Proctor, Beck se involucró “en nada menos de grandilocuencia política”, para ganarse el favor de los críticos del departamento.

Los oficiales, dijeron que “han perdido cualquier y toda la confianza” en su capacidad para dirigir la policía de Los Ángeles. “ Sería delirante creer lo contrario”, dijo McBride en un comunicado la semana pasada.

El concejal Mitch Englander, quien preside el Comité de Seguridad Pública del Ayuntamiento dijo que “apoya completamente” la petición del sindicato de tener una audiencia.

“En este momento tenemos la misma cantidad de oficiales en el departamento de policía, que teníamos cuando tuvimos el crimen más bajo hace un par de años y sin embargo, el delito esta incrementando,” dijo. “La economía ha mejorado, sin embargo, el crimen esta incrementando”, dijo Englander quien planea introducir una moción el viernes pidiendo una reunión especial del Comité de Seguridad Pública sobre el tema.

Durante la audiencia, dirigentes sindicales de la policía estarán “en la mesa” con funcionarios del departamento de policía “para compartir problemas, preguntas y sugerencias que se mueven con interés frente a esta alza de crimen”, dijo.

Englander señaló que una de las estrategias actuales de reducción de la delincuencia—mover 200 oficiales a una división de metro centralizada para que más tarde sean enviados a áreas con más crimen—“no parecen haber hecho un gran impacto ‘’ y hay dudas sobre si la práctica podría agotar recursos de patrullas.

L.A.Experienced 20% Violent Crime Spike In 2015

January 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 12.6 percent rise in the number of crimes from 2014 to 2015 in Los Angeles was driven by increases in gang-related and domestic violence crimes, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday.

Violent crime alone was up 20.2 percent last year, while the number of property crimes was up 10.7 percent, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. The upticks followed a 12-year trend of declining crime in the city.

Among the violent crime categories, the homicide rate grew by 8.8 percent, from 260 people killed in 2014 to 283 in 2015. Nearly 60 percent of those 2015 homicides – 165 – were deemed to be gang-related.

The 13,569 aggravated assaults logged in 2015 was a 27.8 percent jump over the 10,615 such crimes recorded during the previous year. The number of reported rape rose 9.1 percent to 1,649, according LAPD statistics.

The lions share of property crime in 2015, about 70 percent, was auto-related, and included thefts of vehicles and break-ins. Car models from the 1990s were especially prone to theft, with 40 percent of the 2,400 vehicles stolen in 2015 from that decade, according to the statistics.

LAPD officials noted that the city is still safer than 50 years ago, with the per-capita crime rate lower than in 1953. The overall crime rate in 2015 was also 21.8 percent lower than a decade ago, for example.

Compared with 1992. when there were 1,094 people murdered, the number of people killed in a city of 4 million people has held at less than 300 for the past six years, officials said.

Garcetti said that whether crime is up or down, “the men and women of this department are as engaged as they ever have been” with helping those who are victims of crimes.

Beck said that while he feels “this is still a great and safe city,” there are “a number of things we need to work on.”

He said he was concerned about gang crime, which went up 14.6 percent in 2015, marking the first increase in eight years.

“Gang crime is what truly steals the youth of Los Angeles” and “makes some people in some of our communities unsafe,” he said.

Beck said the police department is focused on finding a solution and partnering with the community, vowing that “we will make a difference.”

He added that “the homicides that are the most difficult to solve … gang homicides are by far the most difficult to obtain witnesses for.”

“And we understand why, but we also know the solution,” the chief said. “And the solution is communities that work together, communities that stand together, communities that work to save their children. We’ll continue to do that, we’ll continue to push forward.

“Far too many of our homicides involve youth … far too many of our homicides involve primarily young men of color,” Beck added. “We need to make this a safe city, but we can only do that together.”

Prepared for these Wet Winter Days?

January 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The City and County of Los Angeles are working diligently to inform the community about the preparations that can be taken during these stormy days.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is informing the L.A.’s homeless population of the pending inclement weather, in an effort to keep them safe and dry.

Each geographical division of the LAPD has identified homeless encampments that are in areas subject to flooding, according to a press release sent to the media.

“Officers are out on foot, advising the homeless of the possible flood danger, as well as passing out flyers with locations of available shelters and property storage options,” stated LAPD.

 

Heavy rain flooded streets in Lincoln Heights Tuesday, causing some traffic incidents. (Photo by Nancy Martinez)

Heavy rain flooded streets in Lincoln Heights Tuesday, causing some traffic incidents. (Photo by Nancy Martinez)

 

Signs are posted, warning that heavy rain can cause floodwaters to rise, and public address systems are being utilized to ensure everyone hears the important information.

LAPD informed that if the Los Angeles Fire Department determines there is a predicted or anticipated rainfall within 24 hours, a Rain Notification Tracking Form must be completed, signed by a Watch Commander and forwarded to LAPD’s Real-Time Analysis & Critical Response Division. That form includes the date, time, location and method used for all notifications.

LAFD is Providing Sandbags

The Los Angeles area is periodically subject to floods that result in property damage. The potential for mudslides and debris flow is greatly increased near recent wildfires. Los Angeles residents—especially those in foothill and low-lying communities, are encouraged to prepare their properties in advance of coming rainstorms.

In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) works closely with the Department of General Services and has ordered more than 200,000 ready-to-fill sandbags, made available at all Neighborhood Fire Stations (Please note that residents are welcomed to no more than 25 bags).

LAFD also works very closely with the Bureau of Street Services and has ordered more than 250 tons of sand made available at several fire stations and convenient community locations.

These are some of the locations where residents can pick up their sand bags:

  • Fire Station 44 (Cypress Park), 1410 Cypress Ave., (213) 485-6244
  • Fire Station 42 (Eagle Rock), 2035 Colorado Blvd., (323) 254-5195
  • Fire Station 2 (Boyle Heights), CD 14 Office, 2130 E. 1st St., (323) 526-9332 .
  • Fire Station 42 (Eagle Rock), CD 14 Office, 2035 Colorado Blvd., (323) 254-5195
  • Fire Station 44 (Cypress Park), 1410 Cypress Ave, (213) 485-6244
  • Fire Station 47 (El Sereno), 4575 Huntington Dr South, (213) 485-6247

It is quite normal for potholes to form during heavy rain seasons. To report any new or existing potholes call 3-1-1.

More El Niño preparedness and emergency information can be obtained at the following websites:

LAFD sand bags pick up: http://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-provides-sandbags-homeowners-1

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

Breaking El Niño emergency information

El Niño preparedness information website: http://www.elninola.com

Boyle Heights: Nun Severely Injured by Hit-and-run Driver

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles police asked public help today in finding a hit-and-run motorist who severely wounded a 70-year-old nun.

The suspect is believed to have been driving a black truck and authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating that suspect.

Sister Raquel Diaz, Director of Religious Education at the Church of Assumption was in the crosswalk at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue when she was struck at about 5:20 p.m. by a black truck going southbound on North Evergeen, the LAPD said.

The truck driver continued south on Evergreen without stopping after his vehicle hit Diaz, who has been a nun for more than 50 years, police said.

Paramedics took Diaz to an area hospital in critical condition.

Police had no suspect information and no arrests have been made.

Central Traffic Division detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the crash to call them at (213) 833-3713.

Police said a reward up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading up to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise, through the Los Angeles Administrative Code’s Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund.

LAPD Misclassified Crimes

December 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The rate of aggravated assaults in Los Angeles would have been 36 percent higher per year, from 2008 and 2014, had the crimes been properly classified, according to an inspector general report presented Wednesday to the Police Commission.

Crimes that should have been classified as aggravated assaults, considered violent crimes, were instead reported to the federal government as simple assaults or put in other, less severe categories, during the seven-year period reviewed by his office, Inspector General Alexander Bustamante told commissioners.

Bustamante said the estimated number of misclassified aggravated assaults was based on a random sampling of 3,895 crime reports, as his office could not do a review of every instance of crimes likely to have been misclassified.

The misclassifications appeared to be largely due to a “lack of education” and “inconsistencies” in guidance from the FBI — to which the department submits crime statistics — rather than from intentional efforts by members of the department to mislead the public and the federal government, Bustamante said.

When he began the investigation, “the first thing we were looking for was evidence that people were gaming this, to manipulate the system either on a division level or individual station or all the way up to the department heads,” Bustamante said.
He said his office ran across “some examples of individuals that made decisions that we … could not really rationalize why those decisions were made.”

But it became clear early in the investigation that “an overwhelming majority” of those in the department tasked with classifying the crimes “didn’t really understand the process at all,” he said.
Some of the confusion came from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, or UCR, system not always lining up with the penal codes that police officers use to decide what charges to submit for the district attorney’s consideration, Bustamante said.

And when the department sought help from the FBI, it “got further inconsistencies from the FBI itself,” Bustamante said.
The inspector general’s report follows a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2014 that found the LAPD was under-reporting aggravated assaults due to misclassification.

Bustamante said the police department has since established a Data Integrity Unit that regularly inspects crime statistics and trains personnel to more accurately classify crimes.

He said the department appeared to be “on point with the issues they identified and the remedies (that) … were designed specifically to fix those issues and try to reduce the errors.”

LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore told the commission that while he feels most of the misclassifications stem from the “idiosyncrasies” of the UCR, lack of training and staffing cutbacks, there have been a few cases in which the department has had to take disciplinary action.

“The department is not suggesting that individuals have not wrongly classified and wrongly, we believe, done so for the improper reasons,” Moore said. “And in each instance of that occurrence, we have taken swift and certain actions — there’s been demotions.

“There is no tolerance for people managing crime with an eraser or downplaying an incidence because of an upcoming Compstat inspection” or to give an impression that safety was improving, he said.

Moore added that the department depends on the same data to determine how to deploy its resources, so “we’re all committed as an organization to make sure this is accurate.”

Security Heightened In Wake of Paris Terror

November 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In light of apparent coordinated terrorist attacks that have left dozens dead in Paris, Los Angeles police added extra patrols today at “critical infrastructure” sites and will have extra officers on hand at large public gatherings, a department spokesman said.

“We are aware of the attacks in Paris and the command staff has been alerted,” Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD’s Media Relations section said.

He said there was no known threat to Los Angeles, and the department was not on tactical alert. But department commanders were contacted and officers will be stepping up their presence at critical sites and places where large crowds are gathered — such as a scheduled Justin Bieber concert tonight at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said via Twitter there are “no confirmed credible threats here in Los Angeles” in response to the terror attacks in Paris, but he said the city is “taking all necessary precautions for heightened attention for our city.”

“Los Angeles stands with Paris against the horror of these attacks,” Garcetti said. “Our love and prayers are with you.”

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also expressed solidarity with Paris on Twitter.

“No city should have to undergo the sheer terror which took place in Paris,” he said. “LAPD stands with Paris against this unthinkable violence.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that it was not taking extraordinary measures in response to the attacks.

“While there is no specific credible threat to Los Angeles County, sheriff’s personnel will be reminded to remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness. We urge the public to report any suspicious activity to a local law enforcement agency and if they see something, say something,”
according to the department.

LAPD and Sheriff’s department have previously identified “soft targets” and will step up patrols at those locations in response to elevated security concerns.

Police in Pasadena, where UCLA will be playing Washington State University at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, echoed that advice while explaining that although no threats against the city have been identified, the department “is in ongoing communication with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement agencies … .”

As of now, no flights out of LAX to Paris have been cancelled, however, LAX spokesperson Mary Grady is advising anyone traveling to France to sign up with their airline carrier for text alerts because things could change quickly.

A media representative at the French Consulate in Los Angeles referred questions about the attacks to the French embassy in Washington.

At French-language school Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles in West Los Angeles, a person who answered the phone said school administrators did not want to comment, saying they were mourning “a great tragedy.”
 

La Muerte de Dos Mujeres Incrementa Miedo y Rumores

November 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El portavoz del forense dijo el miércoles que no podía comentar sobre un informe que una de dos mujeres jóvenes encontradas muertas en un parque de Montecito Heights había recibido un disparo en la cabeza.

Ed Winter, asistente del forense dijo solamente que había preocupaciones sobre la seguridad puesta en los dos casos, y se negó a dar detalles.

Read this article in English: Girls Killings Fuel Fear, and Rumors

NBC4 citó la oficina del forense como la fuente de información de que Gabriela Calzada de 19 años de edad había recibido un disparo.

Los amigos y la familia han identificado la segunda víctima en los medios sociales como Briana Gallegos de 17 años de edad, residente de Pico Rivera y estudiante de Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies en Glassell Park. Los cuerpos fueron encontrados alrededor de las 2:20pm el 28 de octubre por una mujer que paseaba a su perro en un camino cerca de las avenidas Mercury y Boundary en la sección Rose Hills del Parque Regional Ernest E. Debs.

Sus muertes han sido clasificadas como homicidios.

La noche del martes, decenas de residentes preocupados asistieron a una reunión en Ramona Hall, donde la policía de Los Ángeles les informó dónde se encuentran en la investigación.

“Estamos hablando con la gente, sobre las preocupaciones y rumores”, Martín Baeza, capitán de la División Hollenbeck de LAPD le dijo a la multitud.

Según la policía, las víctimas estaban completamente vestidas y había evidencia de lesiones por contusión, pero no confirmó si esa fue la causa de la muerte.

Baeza confirmó que las autopsias se habían realizado, pero no dio detalles sobre los resultados, se limitó a decir que la “investigación oficial está siendo manejada por mis detectives”.

Gabriela Calzada, 19, fue encontrada muerta en el parque Ernest E, Debs en Oct. 28. (Facebook)

Gabriela Calzada, 19, fue encontrada muerta en el parque Ernest E, Debs en Oct. 28. (Facebook)

Baeza no quiso especular sobre si los asesinatos ocurrieron en el parque o en otro lugar. “Los cuerpos estaban alrededor de 300 a 400 yardas de la calle en el camino”, dijo, y añadió que habría sido inusual que las hayan aventado de un vehículo, pero dijo que nada está siendo descartado.

Algunas personas que viven cerca del parque han reportado ver a un hombre sospechoso rondar. Existen rumores que los homicidios pudieron estar relacionados a los homicidios no resueltos de dos mujeres en Lincoln Heights hace unos años, o a tres ataques separados a mujeres que caminaban solas en el parque el año pasado.

La residente de Montecito Heights Andrea Mageed le dijo a EGP que ella solía ir a caminar en el parque, pero últimamente tiene miedo ir después de ver algunas veces “a un hombre sospechoso” con una mochila  viendo a mujeres.

“Uno ya no puede venir aquí sola”, dijo.

Silvia (cuyo apellido no se proporcionó) y su marido le dijeron a EGP que caminan por el parque todos los días alrededor de las 4pm.

Ella dijo que el mismo día que se encontraron los cuerpos, pero en la mañana, ella escuchó gritos de una mujer, y aunque algunos de sus vecinos dicen que podrían ser las mujeres asesinadas, la pareja cree que era una vecina que sufre violencia doméstica.

“Asumo que las trajeron ya muertas”, especuló el esposo de Silvia.

“Nunca habíamos visto nada como esto antes”, dijo el residente de Rose Hill Courts.

La noche del martes, Baeza le dijo a la audiencia que esta tragedia ha conmocionado a toda una comunidad y que están siguiendo cualquier pistas, rumores y no se descarta ninguna posible causa de muerte.

“La gente nos está dando una gran cantidad de información, y lo que hacemos es dividirlo por prioridad”, en un libro de evidencias, dijo. “Esto es algo que quiero ver llegar a su final”.

La funcionaria de campo del área noreste con el concejal del Primer Distrito Gil Cedillo, Sylvia Robledo le dijo a la audiencia, que la oficina de Cedillo ha estado trabajando muy de cerca con los oficiales de policía de Los Ángeles y ha recibido muchas llamadas telefónicas, algunos de ellos con información y algunos con los rumores y se lo están haciendo saber a las autoridades.

Un altar yace en el lugar donde fueron encontrados los cuerpos. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

Un altar yace en el lugar donde fueron encontrados los cuerpos. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

La miembro de la Junta Vecinal de Lincoln Heights Nancy Rosas dijo a los panelistas que está preocupada por las chicas jóvenes que caminan en la calle y tiene miedo que este podría ser un asesino en serie. “Necesitamos más oficiales de patrulla por nuestra seguridad”, dijo.

“En este momento no sabemos si se trata de un asesino en serie y no tenemos ninguna información para apoyar esta afirmación”, respondió Baeza.

Después explicó a la audiencia que en abril del 2014 fue encontrada una mujer muerta a lo largo del río en Arroyo Seco, pero fue un homicidio resuelto y se encontró al sospechoso quien actualmente esta en la cárcel.

Otro caso fue el de julio de 2014, cuando un hombre expuso sus partes a una mujer. “Hemos puesto una alerta en ese momento y tenemos un boceto del hombre”, dijo Baeza.

El sospechoso, sin embargo, no ha sido capturado todavía.

La residente del Este de Los Ángeles Carla Legaspi le dijo a EGP que ella se siente insegura, no sólo por el caso del parque, pero por que la situación se está convirtiendo en una “epidemia” de violencia contra las mujeres “y todavía no hay resultados positivos”.

Se refirió al caso del 29 de septiembre en Boyle Heights, donde un hombre trató de asaltar sexualmente a una mujer cerca de la estación de metro en las calles Primera y Pecan. El sospechoso sigue en libertad.

“[LAPD] tiene que enviar correos electrónicos masivos, publicar la foto de los sospechosos en todas partes”, dijo.

Baeza dijo que el parque cuenta con patrullas adicionales todo el día incluyendo oficiales en bicicleta hasta las 8pm.

Hoy a las 5pm habrá una vigilia y procesión en honor a las dos mujeres organizada por Eastside Mujeres, una red de organizaciones que prestan apoyo a mujeres, en el lugar donde fueron encontradas las dos mujeres. Exigirán la justicia y paz en la comunidad “para detener los feminicidios y homicidios de mujeres”, Carla Osorio del  Centro de Mujeres de ELA y parte de la red le dijo a EGP.

Osorio dijo que están proporcionando consejos de seguridad a las mujeres, tales como “no caminar sola y tomar algunas clases de defensa personal”.

Otra “Marcha por la Paz” se llevará a cabo en Lincoln Heights el sábado a las 10am en las esquinas de Griffin y North Broadway.

Así mismo se están llevando a cabo esfuerzos para ayudar a cubrir los costos del funeral.

Un lavado de autos se llevará a cabo el sábado de 9:30am a 4:30pm para colectar donaciones para el funeral de Bianca Gallegos en 5337 Monte Vista Street Los Ángeles 90042.

Ambas mujeres tienen una página gofundme.com para recaudar más fondos.

Cualquier persona con información sobre el caso puede llamar a los detectives de la división Hollenbeck al (323) 342-8900 o el Oficial Principal Superior de Montecito Heights Austin Fernald al (213) 924-5538.

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UPDATE: Two Women Found Dead in Debs Park

October 29, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

A 17-year old girl found dead in a park in Montecito Heights was identified Friday by friends as family as Briana Gallegos of Pico Rivera.

The coroner’s office previously identified a second victim as 19-year-old Gabriela Calzada.

The women’s deaths have been classified as homicides, Officer Aareon Jefferson of the Los Angeles Police Departments Media Relations Section said.

The bodies were found about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday near Mercury and Boundary avenues along a walking path through Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, according to the LAPD.

 

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park is a popular location for hikers and runners. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Motecito Heights is home to several miles of hiking and cycling trails. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

A woman walking her dog came upon the bodies, which were on the side of a hill, and called police, LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig said Wednesday.

According to police, the women were found fully clothed about 300 yards from the street, and did not appear to have been sexually assaulted. He declined to comment on whether police found obvious signs of trauma on the bodies.

The coroner’s office has not officially identified Gallegos as one of the victims but friends have identified the teen and written on her Facebook page. According to the page, Gallegos was a student at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies in Glassel Park.

One of the young women was reported missing at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, nearly seven hours after their bodies were found.

The park is popular with hikers and walkers. It’s also home to a National Audubon Center.

Flowers were placed at the site where the bodies of two woman were found at Debs Park. (EGP Photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Flowers were placed at the site where the bodies of two woman were found at Debs Park. (EGP Photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

“I’m really scared knowing a killer may be out there,” said Helen, who asked not to use her last name.

“I never walk in the park alone anymore, not since those women were attacked last year, ” she told EGP.

She was referring to the assault on three women between January and July 2014.  At the time, police said the suspect was targeting women walking alone in the park. Signs with a composite drawing of the suspect warning women to to not walk alone and to keep an eye out for the suspect were posted around the park.

Autopsies to determine the victims’ causes of death were pending, according to the coroner’s office.

Article includes information from City News Service.

Update: 6:39 p.m.

Updated Oct. 30 2:45 p.m.

Familiares de Hombre Asesinado Por Oficiales del LAPD Entablan Demanda

October 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los familiares de un hombre asesinado a tiros por agentes de la policía de Los Ángeles en Lincoln Heights en abril están demandando a la ciudad y a los tres oficiales.

La demanda presentada la semana pasada en la corte superior de Los Ángeles alega que Luis Molina Martínez, de 35 años, recibió cinco disparos, incluyendo tres en la espalda mientras estaba acostado boca abajo en la entrada de su apartamento.

La demanda también alega que los agentes falsificaron pruebas tras el tiroteo para encubrir su presunta mala conducta.

La demanda alega homicidio culposo, negligencia, violación de sus derechos civiles, asalto y agresión. Los demandantes son la viuda de Ramírez, Mónica Ramírez; sus tres hijos biológicos y su hijastra.

Junto con la ciudad, la demanda tiene como demandados a los agentes del LAPD Ricardo Huerta, Rudolph Rivera y Aldo Quintero. La demanda busca daños compensatorios y punitivos no especificados.

Un portavoz de la policía de Los Ángeles declinó hacer comentarios sobre el caso el jueves pasado.

La policía dijo anteriormente que Martínez recibió un disparo después de que presuntamente los amenazara con un cuchillo de cazar en su apartamento el 21 de abril alrededor de las 4:30pm en el bloque del 3400 de la Avenida Manitou.

El incidente se desarrolló después de que Ramírez marcó al 911 y le dijo a los operadores que su marido se estaba apuñalando a sí mismo, dijo la policía.

Martínez aún sostenía el cuchillo cuando los agentes llegaron, dijo la policía.

Los oficiales le dijeron que soltara el cuchillo, pero dispararon cuando él avanzó hacia ellos, dijo la policía.

Pero de acuerdo a la demanda, Ramírez llamó al 911 para obtener atención médica para su marido. Martínez entregó el cuchillo a su esposa y ella lo puso fuera de su alcance, dice la demanda.

Después que llegaron los oficiales, le dijeron a Ramírez que saliera y uno de ellos le preguntó a su colega si tenía una pistola eléctrica, según la denuncia. Uno de los oficiales fue a buscar la pistola de aturdimiento, pero segundos más tarde Martínez recibió un disparo con pistolas de balas, alega la demanda.

“Luego un oficial pateó al Sr. Martínez dos veces y ninguno de los oficiales hicieron ningún intento para proporcionar atención médica”, dice la demanda.

Después llegaron los paramédicos, el cuerpo de Martínez fue levantado sobre una camilla y removido del lugar “para permitir a los oficiales mover y destruir la evidencia del homicidio a disparos que los oficiales habían cometido”, alega la demanda.

Los oficiales conspiraron para alterar la escena “para crear un relato de ficción de lo ocurrido” poniendo un cuchillo cerca de Martínez, pretendiendo proporcionarle asistencia médica adecuada y por “alterar los restos del señor Martínez con heridas adicionales para apoyar el falso relato de los oficiales”, alega la demanda.

No se le permitió a Ramírez regresar a su apartamento hasta el día siguiente, dice la demanda.

LAPD Collects Data to Curb Racial Bias

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Police Department already collects data on police stops that is required under a newly signed state law aimed at curbing racial bias among law enforcement agencies, police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday.

“Los Angeles has been collecting stop data which is very similar to what is in the new Assembly bill for the past dozen years,” he said, adding that the department last year recorded such data for about 800,000 stops.

Beck said the city may need to make changes to its data collection “in order to achieve all of the data points that the state wants, but we’re way, way ahead on this.”

The LAPD was required to begin collecting data on people stopped by police more than a decade ago as part of a federally mandated consent decree put in place amid investigations into excessive force.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this weekend that requires law enforcement agencies to record the perceived race or ethnicity of people they stop, the reason for the stop and the result of the encounter, such as whether any arrests were made.

The bill was championed by groups calling for better information for evaluating potential racial bias of police officers, and to curb police shootings of unarmed black men.

But the bill has also received criticism from police groups, which contend the law creates another layer of bureaucracy and adds menial tasks to the already busy schedules of police officers.

Beck said the data collection “can be done,” but the information gathered should be used properly.

If the data is used correctly and examined in the right context, it will be helpful to law enforcement,” he said.

He said the data about the race or ethnicity of those stopped by police should not be compared to the overall population. Instead, “victimization rates, reported suspect identity rates, unemployment rates, housing rates” and other “broader context” issues also should be considered.

“There are a lot of areas of our society that have disparate impact on races, and I think it’s important we view these things in those contexts, and hopefully that is the way the state will look at those kinds of things,” he said.

Beck also said Los Angeles will now be able to determine how its statistics measure up to those of other agencies around the state, “so that’s significant.”

 

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