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Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Discuss Mid-Year Crime Statistics

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Los Angeles:  June 28, 2013 – In what was billed as the final press conference of Antonio Villaraigosa’s tenure as Mayor of Los Angeles, Chief Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa discussed the mid-year crime statistics which revealed continued crime decline throughout the City.  A statistical breakdown of the figures and a comparison analysis can be found on the LAPD Online home page.   To hear Mayor Villaraigosa and Chief Charlie Beck’s comments click on the links below.


Officer-Involved Shooting Occurs with Suspect Hiding in Attic One Officer Seriously Injured by Suspect’s Gunfire

Los Angeles:  LAPD 77th Street Area officers assisting Los Angeles County Probation Department officers were conducting a probation search for a named subject when they encountered a suspect with whom an officer-involved shooting occurred.

About 7:30 p.m. on June 25, 2013, LAPD officers working with county probation officers were looking for a probation subject at a residence in the 2200 block of 117th Street. Upon arrival and after conducting a check of the rear house, they were unable to locate the individual. As their search continued, they were leaving the property and passing by the front residence on the same property when they smelled marijuana fumes emitting from that home.

The officers then made contact with four people in the residence and asked them to step outside, which they did.  As they exited, the officers discovered that a parolee resided at the location.  The officers entered the residence to clear it, not realizing the parolee was hiding in an attic crawlspace.

As one of the officers inspected the crawlspace, 33-year-old Howard Michael Partee unleashed a barrage of gunfire toward the officers.  One LAPD officer was shot in the face during the gunfire.  At this point, an officer-involved shooting occurred.

Officers quickly established a perimeter and requested SWAT Team assistance for response to a barricaded suspect.  For several hours after SWAT officers arrived, they attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate with Partee and eventually were forced to deploy rounds of teargas and less-lethal munitions.  Finally, around 7:30 a.m. the next morning, SWAT officers were able to enter the dwelling.  They located Partee in the crawlspace, and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead.

The wounded LAPD officer was rushed to a local hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition.  A County Probation officer was also treated and released at the scene for a graze wound to his leg.

Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting.  Robbery Homicide Division detectives have also responded and are investigating the crimes against the officers.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy, which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.

Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.



     
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Officers Ambushed at the Gates of Wilshire Station Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) Ensued

Los Angeles:  On June 25, 2013, around 4:34 a.m., West Bureau Surveillance Unit Detectives were returning to Wilshire Police Station, preparing to turn into the secured parking lot west of the station when they observed the suspect walking towards them on the sidewalk.  As the driver officer drove the vehicle up the sloping apron towards the key card reader to activate the parking lot security gate, the passenger officer continued to watch the suspect as he walked past the rear of their vehicle.  As the suspect passed the rear of the vehicle, he suddenly turned and fired a handgun at the officers and an officer involved shooting (OIS) ensued.  The suspect fled south across Venice Boulevard and then west towards Highland Avenue.

The driver officer sustained lacerations to his head and the passenger officer sustained lacerations to his hand.  Both officers were transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance where they received medical treatment and were subsequently released.


Metropolitan Division SWAT and K-9 units responded and conducted a systematic search of the area and were unable to locate the suspect.  It is unknown whether the suspect was struck by the officers’ gunfire.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded and are investigating the OIS.  Robbery Homicide Division detectives responded and are investigating the crimes against the officers.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Notes from the June 25, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commission Vice President John Mack said he attended the West Bureau African-American Community Forum with fellow Police Commissioner Rafael Bernardino.  He said there was a good turnout and an overall good evening.

• Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman stated he attended the Hollywood Area press conference last week in response to the brutal attack on a transgender individual.  He said the suspect was taken into custody and thanked the involved officers for their hard work.

• Police Commissioner Rafael Bernardino attended the Valley Bureau Hispanic Forum and said there were a lot of good ideas discussed on how to serve the Hispanic community.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck offered the Board an update on the two Wilshire Division officers who were ambushed in an early morning attack in front of the station.  He said all Department facilities were on heightened alert and the investigation was ongoing.

• The Department’s report, dated June 17, 2013, relative to the review of investigations surrounding the termination of Christopher Dorner, as given by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, was approved. Mr. Chaleff said he reviewed all documents involved with the complaint and subsequent investigation.  He found everything involved with the case to be done appropriately and thoroughly.  Mr. Chaleff also informed the Board this report was the first of three related to the Dorner investigation.  The next one will review the discipline and employee relations procedures of the Department and the third will be a review of the personnel complaints of those officers who requested their case be reviewed.

• The Inspector General’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the review of Christopher Dorner files, was approved.  Inspector General Alexander Bustamante said everything that was done in the case was appropriate.

• The Department’s report, dated June 14, 2013, relative to the Public Safety Committee inquire regarding the use and retention of the recorded digital in-car video system, as given by Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich, was approved and transmitted to City Council.  Ms. Goodrich informed the Board in-car video is only available for public release through a court order or subpoena and the use of the video was limited by a Department Special Order to only be used as evidence in an investigation.  Ms. Goodrich added all video is retained for a period of five years with Motor Transport Division being responsible for the maintenance of the equipment. 

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the response of motion made during City Council’s consideration of the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget, was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the revolving training fund budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the transmittal of the extension for the 2011 community oriented policing services Child Sexual Predator program grant, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the reprogramming of funds within the 2011 Forensic Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) backlog reduction program, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.

• The Department’s report, dated June 14, 2013, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Los Angeles Police Department and the University of Southern California regarding training of University of Southern California Public Safety officers, was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the Operations South Bureau Gang Enforcement Detail command accountability performance follow-up inspection (IAID No. 11-144A), was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated June 21, 2013, relative to the release of the request for proposals for canine veterinary services, was approved.


Chief Beck Holds Media Availability to Discuss Recent Officer-Involved Shootings NA13110rf

WHAT:
A media availability news conference to provide details about two incidents on June 25 (yesterday) during which suspects wounded officers with gunfire.

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2 p.m.

WHERE:
LAPD Administration Building
Compstat Room, 1st Floor
100 W. First Street
Los Angeles 90012

WHO:
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
LAPD Detective Bureau Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese
LAPD Robbery Homicide Division Commanding Officer Captain William Hayes
Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers


WHY:
To provide details and give members of the media an opportunity to ask questions about ambush-style assaults LAPD officers experienced while investigating two unrelated incidents yesterday. Suspects in both encounters wounded three     LAPD officers and one Los Angeles County probation officer.

CONTACT:
More information is available by contacting the LAPD Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.


     
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Man Dies in Solo Traffic Collision

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Detectives are currently investigating a solo traffic collision.

On June 18, 2013, around 4:20 a.m., a solo traffic collision occurred on Highland Avenue south of Melrose Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was travelling southbound on Highland Avenue when he lost control and hit a tree.  The vehicle burst into flames and the driver died at scene.

The driver of the 2013 Mercedes C250 has been identified as 33-year-old Michael Mahon Hastings.

Detectives from West Traffic Division are investigating the collision. For further information please contact Detective Connie White at (213) 473-0234.  During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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78-Year-Old Critical Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Berta Dean Brown and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s assistance in locating Brown.

Brown was last seen on June 19, 2013, around. 5:30 p.m., at her residence in the 3900 block of South Norton Avenue, in the Southwest Area of Los Angeles and has not been seen or heard from since.  Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare because she suffers from dementia.  

NR13209cj_MPBrown is described as a 78-year-old African American female with black hair and brown eyes.  She stands 5 feet tall and weighs around 100 pounds.  Brown was last seen wearing a gray shirt and brown pants.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brown, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Units’, Detective Carlton at (213) 996-1800.  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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Los Angeles Police Department Statement on the Release of the Christopher Dorner Review

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has submitted to the Board of Police Commissioners the comprehensive review of the firing of former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner.  Mr. Dorner was discharged from his position as a Los Angeles Police Officer and later went on a murder rampage, killing four people before dying during a police shootout in San Bernardino County.

The Dorner report, entitled "Review of the Investigation Surrounding the Termination of Christopher Dorner," is scheduled to be heard by the Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday, June 25th during the Board of Police Commissioners meeting.  The report along with the June 25, 2013 Board of Police Commissioner’s Agenda is available on the Police Commission’s website at: www.lapdonline.org/police_commission.

For the past five months, the Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing, Mr. Gerald Chaleff (see bio below) and his staff members have researched, compiled, and reviewed thousands of pages of testimony, internal reports, complaint Investigations, as well as Dorner’s "manifesto."

The report addresses the specifics of Dorner's discharge, including allegations made against Dorner, and the allegations made by Dorner in regard to alleged unfair treatment, retaliation and conflicts of interest surrounding his discharge.  The report concludes that based upon the facts and evidence, the discharge of Christopher Dorner was factually and legally proper.  According to the report, discharging Dorner from the Department "was not only appropriate, it was the only course the Department could have taken based on the facts and evidence."  Dorner was discharged due to consequences of his own actions and that decision was found to be sound and just.    

“After a thorough review of all the available information, my analysis concludes that the discharge of Christopher Dorner was justified,” said LAPD Special Assistant Gerald Chaleff.  “His discharge was based on his own actions.  The allegations he made against his training officer appeared to have been made in an effort to forward his own agenda.”

“I directed this review because I wanted to ensure that the Los Angeles Police Department is fair and transparent in all that we do,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  “All of us recognize that as a Department we are not perfect, nonetheless, this report shows that the discharge of Christopher Dorner was factually and legally the right decision.”

A second report on the Dorner matter will be published later in the year.  That report will specifically address issues raised by Dorner and others regarding the Department's disciplinary system and the state of employee relations within the Department.  

Gerald Chaleff was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department by Chief of Police William J. Bratton on January 13, 2003.  He currently serves as the Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing (SACP) to the Chief of Police.  As the SACP, Mr. Chaleff oversees the operations of the Department Risk Manager, Planning and Research Division, Legal Affairs Division, Internal Audits and Inspections Division, and Fiscal Operations Division.

In 2013, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) will award Gerald Chaleff the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award.  The LACBA President Richard Burdge said Chaleff, “was selected as the recipient of the Shattuck-Price Award for his remarkable career of service to the justice system, including his dedication and efforts in helping to guide the Los Angeles Police Department into a more transparent and community-oriented department.”

In 1997, Mr. Chaleff was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and elected as President of the Board from 1999 to 2001.  He is a former President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and served as Deputy General Counsel to the Webster Commission, which examined the Department's response to the 1992 civil unrest. He has prior experience with both the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's Office, and spent several years in private practice.  Mr. Chaleff received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

In private practice, Mr. Chaleff is a nationally recognized expert in criminal defense, in both state and federal courts, and has been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Chancery Club.  He is a former partner of the firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where he chaired the white-collar criminal defense practice group.  He has extensive trial experience and has provided legal analysis to a variety of news media, providing commentary and legal analysis on high profile criminal cases.
 


LAPD Knock-Knock Task Force Issues Final Notice for Online Viewing and Identification of Stolen Items

Los Angeles: Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police Department began the Knock-Knock Task Force to investigate “fence” burglaries.  A fence is an individual who knowingly buys stolen property for later resale, sometimes in a legitimate market.  

The task force engaged in extensive surveillance and investigative efforts.  They activity culminated with the arrest of numerous suspected burglars and the service of multiple search and arrest warrants at several locations of suspected “fencing” operations, resulting in the potential recovery of stolen property.  Ultimately, 11,000 items of evidence were booked.

In an ongoing effort to return the property to its rightful owners and victims of burglaries, the LAPD has had property available for viewing online since November 19, 2012, and would like to remind the public and victims of burglaries in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, to view the online photographs using the following link:

http://www.lapdonline.org/valley_bureau/news_view/52394


If individuals were the victims of a residential burglary prior to September 19, 2012, and believe their property is depicted in any of the photographs, they may send an e-mail to lapdvctf@lapd.lacity.org or leave a message at (818) 644-8091.  In the e-mail or message left, please include a brief description of the item, the item number written on the yellow tab in the photograph, the name listed as the victim on your burglary report, the report number, the address where the burglary occurred, the date of the crime, and a callback number.

Further information or questions may be directed to Operations-Valley Bureau Detective II Joe Esquivel at (818) 644-8091.


     
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