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Los Angeles Police Department statement regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Los Angeles:  On May 29, 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received from the Seattle Police Department two Draganflyer X6 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  These vehicles were purchased by the Seattle Police Department using federal grants.  There was no cost to the City of Los Angeles.

No decision has been made whether or not these vehicles will be used.   They are currently in the custody of a Federal Law Enforcement Agency pending review by the LAPD and the Board of Police Commissioners, as well as the public.  The review would only consider narrow and prescribed uses to prevent imminent bodily harm, for example, a hostage situation or barricaded armed suspect.

Questions regarding this matter should be directed to Commander Andrew Smith, Media Relations at (213) 486-5910.

28-Year-Old Man Shot and Killed in Hollywood

Hollywood:   Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the killing of a young man.

On May 30, 2014, at 2:01 A.M., Los Angeles Police Officers, assigned to Hollywood Division, were walking a foot beat near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas when they heard what sounded like gunshots.  The officers checked the area and found a man, down and unconscious.  The officers requested an ambulance, and paramedics found a single gun-shot wound to his chest.  Los Angeles City Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was described as a male Black, approximately 28 years of age. The victim has not been identified pending notification to next of kin. The circumstances and motive for this homicide are unknown.  The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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.

Officers Saved Woman from a Burning Apartment

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area Narcotics officers responded heroically when they located an apartment on fire.

On May 28, 2014, around 12:00 p.m., Topanga Area Officers Ben Mia and Matt Stuart were in the area of the 21700 block of Roscoe Boulevard when they observed an apartment unit engulfed in flames.

Officer saved womanThe Officers realized Los Angeles Fire Department was not at scene and feared that victims might be trapped inside the apartment.  As the Officers checked for possible victims through the front door, they were advised by neighbors that an occupant (husband) had gone inside to rescue his wife who was asleep in the bedroom.  Both the husband and wife had not yet emerged from the burning apartment and were trapped inside.

 Officers Stuart and Mia reacted quickly and rushed inside and found the husband disoriented in the living room.  Officers escorted the husband out and learned that the wife was still trapped in the back bedroom.  Officers returned to the engulfed apartment and crawl on their hands and knees through the smoke and flames to reach the wife.  Officers were able to locate the wife who was overcome by the smoke and trapped in the bedroom.

The female victim was carried to safety and treated by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics at the scene.  The female victim was later transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital where they were also treated for smoke inhalation and later released.

Officers Mia and Stuart are to be commended for their heroic actions while upholding the proud traditions of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officer Matt Stuart (Blue Dodger shirt) and Officer Ben Mia (Black T-shirt)

Officer-Involved Shooting in Foothill Area

May 29, 2014

The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer II Oscar Orellana, Serial No. 36908 and Police Officer II Daniel Ramirez, Serial  No. 40184.

Los Angeles:  On May 17, 2014, around 11:45 p.m., Foothill Area Patrol officers responded to an “Assault with a deadly weapon suspect there now” radio call at a residence in the 11600 block of Stagg Street.   
Upon the officers’ arrival, they observed the suspect, later identified as Danny Christian Molina standing in the street throwing rocks and small boulders at civilians and police vehicles. Molina ignored the officers’ commands and produced two large kitchen knives, one in each hand.  Molina continued being non-responsive to officers commands and began to move toward the officers.  As Molina continued to advance towards the officer an officer-involved shooting occurred.  Molina fell to the ground and was taken into custody.  

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced Molina dead at scene.  There were no injuries to the involved officers, and two knives were recovered at the scene.

Force Investigation Division Detectives are investigating the Officer Involved Shooting.

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 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.                                                      

42nd Annual Police Celebrity Golf Tournament

Pasadena:  The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation will host its 42nd Annual Police Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 31, 2014.  The Event will take place at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, California.

The 42nd Annual event will be hosted by actor Dennis Quaid along with over 50 celebrities participating including Teri Hatcher, Eric Christian Olsen, Danny Trejo, Nathan Kress, Joanna Krupa, Gilles Marini, Jonathan Banks, C Thomas Howell, Danny Masterson, Neal McDonough, Ian Gomez, Tito Ortiz, Jerry West, Jason Collins, Nyambi Nyambi, Rob Riggle, Vanessa Marcil, Quinton Aaron, AJ Buckley, Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan, CS Lee, Bruce McGill, Chris Knight, Carl Weathers, Paula Trickey, Emilio Riviera, Mil Mascaras, Ron Masak & more. LAPMF is utilizing both courses for a day of fun.  The Celebrity Tournament will run on one course where spectators are welcome to watch their favorite celebrity golf.  The other course will be covered with LAPD equipment displays, over 50 vendors, great food & drink for a day of family fun.  There will also be photo & autograph opportunities with celebrities arriving throughout the day.

This has been a tough time for the LAPD.  In recent months, the department has lost five Officers in unrelated incidents.  On May 31, with heavy hearts, the Memorial Foundation will pay tribute to Officer Nicholas Lee, Officer Chris Cortijo, Detective Ernest Allen, Officer Robert Sanchez & Officer George Nagata as well as all Officers killed in the line of duty acknowledging their service to the community.  These Officers & the Officers who have lost their lives before them, will not be forgotten.  The Los Angeles Police Protective Memorial Wall will be transported to the event where all can pay respects.

Proceeds from this event benefit officers who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty.  The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the LAPD employee wellness program & has granted over $15,000,000 without any direct taxpayer money.

The support of the community, sponsors & entertainment industry has been heartwarming. Recently music superstar Rihanna made a contribution to the Memorial Foundation as well as the Los Angeles Police Foundation after meeting LA Police Commission President Steve Soboroff at a Clippers game. Stevie Wonder performed at the funeral service of one officer and TV Stars Ray Romano & Betty White also made charitable contributions.

The Elton John Charitable Fund has been a long-time supporter & continues to be a great help to the Memorial Foundation as well as Live Nation the world’s largest concert promotion company, Kaiser Permanente, In–N-Out Burger, Ahmanson Fund & Outback Steak House who continue to contribute throughout the years.  After hearing about the recent tragedies, PokerStars also joined in to help again.  They became a supporter of the Memorial Foundation early in 2013 when they sponsored the Foundation’s Celebrity Poker Tournament hosted by the late James Gandolfini.

Celebrity supporters include  Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Paula Abdul, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Pesci, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Lopez, Donald Trump, Kelsey Grammer, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Dennis Franz, Chris O'Donnell, Mark Wahlberg and Luke Wilson.

Patrons may purchase tickets to attend the Family Fun Day & watch the golf tournament at All LAPD Stations or for more information call 213-847-4239  www.LAPMF.org.

The Memorial Foundation welcomes the community support during a tragic time & hope that more people will decide to get involved.

For more information, visit LAPMF.org or find us on Facebook at Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation

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Robbery Leaves One Man Dead

Koreatown: The Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting incident that left a 28-year-old man dead inside of a marijuana clinic in Koreatown.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 around 9:25 p.m. Olympic officers were flagged down by residents near 8th Street and Vermont Avenue. The witnesses stated they saw three men run out of the marijuana clinic wearing masks and carrying a duffel bag. The men entered a green sedan and drove away eastbound on Francis Avenue.

When officers entered the clinic they observed a victim down inside of the business. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim has not been identified, pending notification to next of kin.

According to the detectives initial investigation the motive for the shooting is an apparent robbery.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470. 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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Chief's Message

While words cannot explain the sorrow we are feeling as an LAPD family, it is during these difficult and trying times that we look to each other for comfort and solace. Keep your heads up and be proud to be a member of this fine police department. You have supported each other in ways unimaginable and have demonstrated the utmost respect and honor for our fallen brothers in what now feels like a very small yet close knit family of nearly 13,000 civilian and sworn men and women. Together we will get through this. In time, our hearts will heal but we shall never forget.

Summer of Success

This year the City's summer youth job program will serve 10,000 young people. As you are out in the field during the summer months, you will have an opportunity to interact with various youth striving to become young professionals within the community. You serve as a point of inspiration and leadership with each youth with every interaction you engage with them. Seize this moment to make a difference in their lives, even if its just one life at a time.

As the days get longer during summer vacation, kids will once again have the Summer Night Lights program. For the 7th year, the Summer Night Lights will operate at 32 locations across the City, keeping recreation centers and neighborhood parks open between 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kids who are at-risk for gang involvement or gang-violence will be given the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of activities for them and their families at every park. We all have the fundamental right to enjoy our neighborhood parks and by doing so we make a difference in the lives of those that live, work and play in our communities. It is our neighborhood and together we can make a difference in creating a safe and fun summer of success.

Safe Summer Tip-Off Youth Safety Festival and Basketball Event

Summer time is family time. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate family and friendships than with a BBQ. The Safe Summer Tip-Off Youth Festival and Basketball game is one of my personal favorite events.

The 2014 Safe Summer Tip-Off will be held on Saturday, June 14th at the USC Galen Center and hosted by our good friend Arsenio Hall.

Now in it’s fifth year, this free youth festival focuses on bringing kids from throughout the City out for a day of fun, food, prizes. I invite you to the bring your family out to spend some time with our event sponsors, and Public Safety professionals from the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

This festival allows the public an opportunity to get up close & personal with the vast array of amazing vehicles, and emergency equipment utilized by the LAFD & LAPD.

What begins as friendly competition turns into an intense basketball game between the undefeated LAPD basketball team and LAFD challengers. Last year’s game was an intense contest which saw the LAFD break out to a big lead over the LAPD in the early going only to be caught and eventually lose in a crazy finish. It was fitting that the final score was LAPD 51 – LAFD 50!

We will also incorporate our various Social Media channels into this year’s events. We have set up a site on https://www.facebook.com/safesummertipoff, on Twitter @SummerTipOff and also on Instagram @SummerTipOff. You can also follow me on Twitter @LAPDChiefBeck & Instagram @LAPDChiefCharlieBeck.

This free event is an outstanding opportunity to make a lasting and positive impression on kids during the start of their summer vacation. We hope to see you there.