Petition Launched to Pressure D.A. to Prosecute Police Shootings

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The families of Los Angeles residents fatally shot by law enforcement officers joined Black Lives Matter organizers Monday outside the downtown Hall of Justice to demand that District Attorney Jackie Lacey prosecute some of those officers.

Black Lives Matter organizers have posted a petition at www.bity.ly/BLMLA and on the group’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and said they hope to garner 10,000 signatures in the next 30 days.

“Jackie Lacey has not filed charges against a single police officer,” said BLMLA spokeswoman Melina Abdullah, explaining that the group turned out Monday to “convince her to do her job.”

More than 200 deaths have occurred at the hands of law enforcement since Lacey took office in 2012, according to BLMLA, with one organizer putting the number at 268.

Some officers were judged to have acted “out of policy” by their departments and were subject to administration action. In other cases — like the fatal shootings of James Joseph Byrd and Norma Guzman in unrelated incidents in 2015 — the police commission found that officers violated rules about deadly force, though Beck and union officials disagreed.

And shortly after the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brendon Glenn in Venice in 2015, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he hadn’t seen circumstances to justify the use of deadly force.

No criminal charges have been filed in any of those cases.

Lacey’s Justice System Integrity Division filed a formal report finding that the officers who shot Guzman acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others. No reports have yet been published on Byrd or Glenn.

BLM organizers say they have a clear-cut case of criminal misconduct in the shootings of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin. The five officers involved are no longer with the force, though when the Inglewood Police Department made that announcement in May, it declined to say whether they had resigned or been fired.

Either way, family members see it as evidence of guilt and want the district attorney to prosecute the men.

“We are demanding that District Attorney Jackie Lacey bring charges against police when they kill our people, beginning with the filing of charges against former Inglewood police officers Michael Jaen, Richard Parcella, Jason Cantrell, Sean Reidy and Andrew Cohen who killed Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin while sleeping in their car in February 2016, leaving seven children without their parents,” the petition reads.

“We are demanding that in each (police shooting) case, the District Attorney vigorously pursue charges against murderous and abusive officers rather than deferring to police units rife with scandal and corruption to hold themselves accountable.”

The Inglewood Police Department said that Michael and Sandlin appeared to be unconscious in a car at Manchester Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue when officers approached and that Michael had a gun in her lap. Both had a blood- alcohol content in excess of the legal limit for driving, according to police.

Officers fired into the car, but the department has not released the details of its investigation and exactly what led to the use of deadly force.

BLMLA advocate Justin Marks said it was time for the IPD to pay for body cameras for its officers

“The Inglewood Police Department is in serious need of some accountability,” Marks said, adding that a city where a $2.6 billion stadium is being built can afford the expense.

“Inglewood does not have a budget crisis, it has a priority crisis,” Marks said.

Abdullah said the group was seeking justice for those “who are not ,wealthy, who are not white.”

The small crowd outside the Hall of Justice was made up of black, white and Latino faces, including the father of Jesse Romero Jr., a 14-year-old boy shot in Boyle Heights last year.

Romero Sr. stood before a microphone and told reporters, “I want justice for my son,” before he was overcome by grief and had to walk away, sobbing.

An organizer with neighborhood organization Centro CSO took his place, offering a “thank you to Black Lives Matter for standing in solidarity with the Latino families in Boyle Heights.”

A series of family members wearing buttons or carrying photos of their loved ones shared their stories and as the media packed up their cameras and notepads, took handfuls of flyers urging residents to sign the petition.

Public pressure on officials by BLMLA, White People for Black Lives, faith leaders and residents was what led to the dismissal of the Inglewood officers, Abdullah said.

“We recognize that the system that we live with is flawed,” she added. Her goal is “push it as far as we possibly can to get some semblance of justice.”

A response from Lacey’s office was not immediately available, but she has said in the past that she would not bow to public or media pressure and has followed the evidence and the law in each of the police shootings she has reviewed.

Vernon Checkpoint Nets 5 Arrests

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint conducted in the city of Vernon resulted in 5 arrests, according to the Vernon Police Department.

Officers with the police department’s traffic unit were looking for drunk motorists, but also hoped their presence would serve as a deterrence to driving intoxicated, said the department in a written statement.

Close to 1,100 cars drove through the checkpoint – located at Santa Fe Avenue and 38th Street — between 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. Police said they screened 709 vehicles and cited 23 drivers for operating an unlicensed vehicle; 4 drivers were cited or arrested for driving with a suspended license, and 5 drivers were investigated for DUI. Police also arrested one driver for a DUI warrant and driving without an ignition interlock device.

Checkpoints are conducted in locations where there is the “greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” police said, citing California’s “disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.” Vernon police support “the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,’” it could also mean marijuana, the department said.

“Vernon PD will continue to enforce DUI related offenses in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.”

Police Need Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

August 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

MONTEREY PARK (CNS) – Monterey Park police need the public’s help to identify two young men sought for burglarizing a residence.

The break-in occurred about 1:30 p.m. July 12 in the 600 block of South Lincoln Avenue, according to the Monterey Park Police Department.

The suspects were both described as black males about 15-21 years old with thin builds. One had braided hair.

“The suspects knocked on the front door of the residence and received no answer,” according to a police statement. “The two suspects then climbed over a side gate and gained entry into the residence through an unlocked bathroom window.”

The pair fled with some property.

The security  images of the suspects can be viewed at www.montereypark.ca.gov/civicalerts and clicking on “news.”

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call detectives at (626) 307-1226, or the watch commander at (626) 307-1200.

Policía busca ‘orador’ sospechoso que robo iglesia

July 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

La policía está pidiendo la ayuda del público para identificar a un hombre que se arrodillo para orar antes de robar donaciones para los pobres en una iglesia de Bell Gardens.

El sospechoso, descrito como un hombre hispano, fue captado por las cameras de vigilancia el 15 de junio mientras robaba la caja de donaciones en la iglesia St. Gertrudes en la avenida Garfield.

Según la policía de Bell Gardens, el sospechoso entró a la iglesia a través de una puerta de salida y se dirigió a la Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, donde procedió a pretender que estaba rezando. Luego forzó abrir una caja de donaciones de madera y robó el dinero adentro, dijo la policía en un comunicado. La cantidad de dinero que consiguió es desconocida, dijo la policía.

Policía busca ‘orador’ sospechoso que robo iglesia en Bell Gardens.

Policía busca ‘orador’ sospechoso que robo iglesia en Bell Gardens.

La policía llamo la atención sobre las acciones del hombre que, según ellos, parecían ser un intento de mezclarse con los feligreses de la iglesia.

El sospechoso, que pasó menos de 15 minutos en la iglesia, hizo una pausa varias veces para orar en el altar, y luego se ve en el video haciendo el signo de la cruz mientras sale de la iglesia.

A partir de ahora, la investigación es “más como una expedición de pesca”, le dijo el Detective de Bell Gardens Don Leuschen a EGP. A partir del miércoles por la mañana, la policía había recibido dos llamadas; uno diciendo que el sospechoso estaba comiendo en un Subway y otro que podría conducir a un nuevo rastro para que la policía lo siguiera.

El sospechoso fue visto por última vez con una camisa azul y pantalones cortos del color café claro.

El robo enojo a los feligreses, especialmente por uso de prácticas religiosas por parte del sospechoso.

“Si usted va tomar algo así y todavía tiene el valor de arrodillarse y orar y hacer el signo de la cruz, se burla de lo que creemos”, dijo la feligresa Krystal Ledezma para el Canal 2 de CBS.

A cualquier persona con información se le pide que llame al Departamento de Policía de Bell Gardens al (562) 843-4031.

Rams Will Pay for Police and Other City Services

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to reimburse thefull cost of city services incurred during home games at the Coliseum, including for police, fire and street services, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced
Tuesday.

“(Team owner) Stan Kroenke and the Rams organization made it clear to me from the start that they intended to be partners with the city and good neighbors to the people of Los Angeles and the region,” Garcetti said. “The commitment they made today, to cover the cost of game-day impacts to the city — including police, fire and sanitation support at and around the Coliseum — is a win for

Police presence at the games will also not take officers away from existing patrols around the city, Garcetti said. Only off-duty police officers will provide security outside the Coliseum during games.

“This partnership ensures that fans will continue to enjoy a secure and family-friendly experience at the venue, with no impact on our ability to provide public safety to all of our communities,” he said.

The officers working inside the Coliseum gates will still be on “regular duty and pay,” according to Garcetti spokesman Carl Marziali.

The Rams will also make retroactive payments for two pre-season games held last month, under the agreement. The team’s first regular-season home game will be on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Marziali said the team was already paying for the costs of transportation officers.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, has been pushing the team to pony up money for security costs. The LAPPL estimated that the security will cost the city about $2 million a year, with more than 200 officers needed at each game. Union officials released a statement saying they are “pleased that the Rams receipt of taxpayer-funded police patrols to secure their games will now end and that they will pay their bill.”

“Keeping police officers on duty fighting crime was the reason the League exposed this arrangement and we now hope that other organizations, such as USC, will follow Mr. Kroenke’s lead and to no longer accept free police officers for their events at the expense of neighborhood safety,” according to the union.

The union noted that the agreement “shouldn’t have taken so much effort to achieve.” Former City Councilman Dennis Zine and Los Angeles resident James Bibeau filed a taxpayer lawsuit last month looking to force the team to fund the security cost, saying it would otherwise be an unlawful gift of public funds to the Rams.

Four Los Angeles City Council members also sent a letter last month urging Kroenke to commit to covering all the public safety costs incurred at games played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. One of the council members who signed the letter, Mitch O’Farrell, said the agreement “is exactly the outcome we were hoping for.”

He said the use of police officers at the recent games necessitate shifting officers from around the city, and the agreement means officers can now “just focus on the core mission of making the community safer.”

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