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Notes from the April 10, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

PC Mtg April 10


Commission Vice-President Matthew Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. Commission President Steve Soboroff joined the meeting later.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

The Department gave a verbal report relative to the status of the Cops for Kids Program.

Department’s Report, dated April 5, 2018, relative to the response to Public Safety Committee Relative to Reported Hate Crimes and Religious, Ethnic or Racially Motivated Violence, Council File No. 17-0256, as set forth. [BPC #18-0109] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated April 4, 2018, relative to the Public Safety Motion on LAPD BMW i3 Project, as set forth. [BPC #18-0124] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated April 4, 2018, relative to The Los Angeles Police Department’s Mid-Fiscal Year 2017/18, Risk Management and Harm Reduction Strategy Status Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0125] was approved.

Chief Beck reported on significant incidents, including the 3rd Annual Run to Remember, the half-marathon and 10k athletic event at The Grove. This year’s event included more than 5,000 participants, largely from LAPD, the public, Sheriff’s Department, along with other allied agencies.

Chief Beck reported on a traffic accident on April 10, involving a LAPD vehicle and produce truck. The produce truck driver turned in front of the LAPD vehicle containing two officers. Both officers are in stable/good condition, and are expected to be released without major injuries.

Chief Beck also reported on an officer-involved shooting on Monday, April 9 in Topanga Division. Officers became aware of a stolen vehicle report via a LowJack hit. Officers attempted to detain the vehicle and its driver. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. While in an alley, the suspect fired multiple rounds at the Officers. Officers returned fire, striking and killing the suspect. One Officer sustained one gunshot wound to the upper leg, while the other Officer sustained scrapes and bruises. A .38 caliber pistol was recovered at the scene, and body-worn video camera recorded the incident.

Chief Beck provided updated crime statistics. Chief Beck reported more than 10,000 sworn personnel, approximately 3,000 civilian personnel, and 1,799 cadets.


Class 10B-17 Recruit Graduation

Friday, April 13, 2018 – A Los Angeles Police recruit officer graduation ceremony was held this morning on the field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Pa

Today’s ceremony featured 33 graduates.  Four will be officers for Los Angeles World Airports, one for Los Angeles Port Police Officer and one is a Lateral Police Officer. The new police officers completed 920 hours of intense physical and mental training over the course of 24 weeks.  In full uniform and anxiously awaiting receipt of their diplomas, the new officers proudly appeared before Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, command staff, and hundreds of spectators.   

Chief Beck welcomed the new officers to a great profession and to the family of the LAPD. “Some of you are first generation Americans, some of you are 4th generation LAPD,” said Chief Beck. “Regardless of that status, regardless of that history, you are now one with this organization.” 

“I need you to guard your character just like you guard your partner. I need you to take care of the people of Los Angeles just like you take care of each other. I need you to be the highest example of policing in America.” Chief Beck ended his speech like he always does, making a promise to the family and friends of the new LAPD officers. “While your loved ones protect and serve the city of Los Angeles, I promise each and every one of you that I will protect and serve them.”

At the end of the graduation, the recruits vigorously recited their class chant and ceremoniously tossed their caps high into the air, symbolizing their success at the police academy and the promise of a rewarding career as LAPD police officers.       

There is little down time for these new officers as they will begin their new assignments on the streets of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours. The new officers will begin their careers partnering with training officers for the first year of service. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com

To hear Chief Charlie Beck’s address the new class,

Graduation 4-13-18


Missing Mother and her 3-Year-Old Child

UPDATE
April 12, 2018


Kali and Kali's 30-year-old mother, Antonia Alicia Garza. returned home safely.



Los Angeles: The father of 3-year-old Kali Karla Garcia and the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area Juvenile Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Kali and Kali's 30-year-old mother, Antonia Alicia Garza.

On April 11, 2018 around 3 p.m., Kali and Antonia were last seen near the 14900 block of Nurmi Street in the City of Sylmar CA. Antonia was pushing Kali in a black child stroller east on Nurmi Street.

When Antonia left the residence with Kali, she had not taken any additional clothing or food. Neither Antoina nor Kali have been seen or heard from since leaving their residence the father is concerned for their safety.

Kali is described as a 3-year-old female Hispanic, with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She stands 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds. She was wearing a gray shirt and purple shorts.

Antonia is described as a 30-year-old female Hispanic, with long brown hair and black eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She had a distinctive tattoo of a fairy on her front left shoulder. She was wearing a white shirt, tan shorts and black sandals. Antonia was pushing a black child stroller with a shade canopy.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kali Garcia or Antonio Garza, please contact Mission Area Juvenile Detectives, at 818-838-9810 or 818-838-9800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Murder Suspect Arrested

 

Baltimore, Maryland: Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives along with Baltimore Police Department have arrested Jill Blackstone for murder.

On March 14, 2015, Jill Blackstone drugged her sister Wendy Blackstone and placed her in the garage of their North Hollywood residence along with three pet dogs.

Jill Blackstone set the garage on fire, killing Wendy Blackstone and two of the dogs; staging it as an accident.

Homicide detectives believe the motive was Jill's frustration of being forced to provide Wendy long-term care, as well as the associated financial hardship.

Homicide detectives worked in coordination with Los Angeles Fire Department Arson investigators, conducting independent investigations. The investigative follow up required for a successful prosecution included significant travel, research, numerous interviews, and additional forensic evidence processing which added time to this extremely complex and sensitive investigation.

In March 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office filed murder and animal cruelty charges and issued a warrant for Jill Blackstone. Homicide detectives were notified by Jill Blackstone's attorney, that she checked herself into a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland due to a medical condition.

On April 11, 2018 Jill Blackstone was arrested by Homicide detectives and the Baltimore Police Department. She is currently in custody with Baltimore Police Department awaiting extradition.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 805-750-7888. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Seeking Additional Victims of a Child Predator

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit, Detective Support and Vice Division, arrested a man who sent harmful matter to someone he thought was an underage girl.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Jonathon Ellis of Long Beach, CA after he contacted an undercover police officer, who was posing as a 16-year-old girl on the internet. Ellis also sent a sexually explicit image to the officer. Jonathon Ellis, studied medicine in Henderson, Nevada and is currently a resident physician in Long Beach, CA.

Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson, filed (4) counts of 288.2(a)(2) PC, Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor, and (1) count of 288.4(a)(1) PC, arrange a Meeting with a Minor to Engage in Lewd Behavior.

Additional victims who may have been reluctant to report similar crimes committed by Dr. Jonathon Ellis, are encouraged to contact Detective Support and Vice Division, Human Trafficking Unit, Officer Aaron Korth or Detective Sammy Cruz, at (213)486-0910. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(800-222-8477) or go directly towww.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Officers Injured During Officer-Involved Shooting in Topanga Division

Update:

The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer II Eduardo Guillen, Serial No. 42367, and Police Officer II Oscar Granillo, Serial No. 42366, both officers are assigned to Topanga Division.

 

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Topanga Division neighborhood early Monday morning.

On April 9, 2018, around 10:15 a.m., Topanga Division uniformed officers went in pursuit of a cold plated, brown, Ford Explorer SUV, that was "Lo-Jack" equipped. During the pursuit, the suspect (later identified as 29-year old Daniel Joseph Carver) exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officers initiated a foot pursuit and chased Carver into the north/south alley, just west of the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue. Carver produced a revolver and fired several shots at the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting. The officers fired their police service weapons striking Carver, causing him to fall to the ground. Carver was taken into custody without further incident.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics responded to the scene and provided Carver with emergency medical treatment. Unfortunately, he did not respond to the medical treatment and was pronounced deceased at scene by LAFD paramedics.

Carver's revolver, which contained six spent casings was located at scene and booked as evidence.

During this incident, one of the involved officers was shot in the left leg and transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for his injury and listed in stable condition. The second involved officer was also transported and treated for minor arm abrasions, a shoulder injury and was eventually released. Fortunately, no pedestrians were injured during the initial shots fired or as a result of this incident.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the on-scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation, evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at(877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637(C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


Southwest Division Officer-Involved Shooting Occurred Within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

 

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza late Tuesday afternoon.

On April 10, 2018, around 5:43 p.m., Southwest Division uniformed officers responded to the comments of a radio call indicating a "Man with a Knife" within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the 3600 block of W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Upon the officer's arrival, they entered the mall and encountered a Male, Black suspect that was aggressively waving a long knife. The officers began to verbalize with the suspect and repeatedly commanded him to put the knife down. The suspect was very agitated and it appeared that he was possibly under the influence or was going through a mental health crisis. The suspect then ran in the direction of mall patrons with the knife in hand at which time and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and was taken into custody without further incident. Los Angeles Fire Department(LAFD)paramedics responded to the scene and rendered emergency medical aid but the suspect was pronounced deceased.

The knife was located at scene and booked as evidence. Fortunately, no officers or patrons within the mall were injured as a result of this incident. It appears this was an isolated incident and not a mass knife attack situation.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the on-scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation, evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.

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