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Operations-South Bureau Community Appreciation Day

WHAT:
Community Event

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
6 p.m.

WHERE:
California African American Museum
600 State Drive Exposition Park
Los Angeles, California 90037

WHO:
California State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, District 54
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas
Los Angeles Police Commissioner, Vice President Paula Madison
Los Angeles Police Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa
LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck
LAPD Deputy Chief William Scott, Operations-South Bureau
Members of the Watts Gang Task Force

WHY:
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Operations-South Bureau (OSB) will be hosting a Community Appreciation Day event which will include the swearing-in ceremony of Deputy Chief William Scott. The event will also feature the introduction of the OSB command staff and will recognize members of the community for their continued support and partnership.

CONTACT:
For more information, please contact Operations-South Bureau at (213) 485-4251.

 

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80-Year-Old Man Reported Missing

Los Angeles: The family of Francisco Pineda Perez and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's unit are asking for the public's help in locating the 80-year-old man who has been missing for over a week.

On March 23, 2015 around 3:00 p.m., Mr. Perez was last seen at the 800 block of Cooper Avenue. Mr. Perez is reported to be in good mental condition but his family is concerned because they have not heard from him in over a week.

Perez is described as a male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pastel plaid shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.

Anyone with information on Perez's whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Person's Unit 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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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: On March 17, 2015, a female victim was sexually assaulted on the 6000 block of Haskell Avenue in the city of Van Nuys. The suspect prevented the victim from leaving the laundry room of her apartment complex and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect, David Ivan Campos, was identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On April 2, 2015, suspect Campos was taken into custody by Mission Division's Gang Enforcement Detail. The suspect is a 22 year-old Hispanic male transient and is known to frequent the area of Haskell Ave and Vanowen Ave in Van Nuys.

Anyone with information regarding any other crimes committed by this individual is urged to contact West Valley Division's Sexual Assault Unit at (818) 374-7730. 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 Dodgers Opening Day

Los Angeles: In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion andparking delays, the Los Angeles Police Department is informing the public of the temporary“No Parking” restrictions near Dodger Stadium. Between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., there will be “No Parking” on Ave of the Palm (Stadium Way) between Scott Road and Academy Road.

In addition to parking enforcement, LAPD officers will be patrolling the area to enforce the no tolerance policy for drinking in public or in the parks. Dodger fans are also reminded that there is no Tailgating in Dodger Stadium. Everyone in attendance on Opening Day deserves a safe and fun-filled day of baseball, so please respect the neighborhood and stay safe. Let’s Play Ball!

If anyone has any questions, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

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Chief Beck Hosts Muslim Community Forum

On the evening of Thursday, April 2, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck hosted the Department’s biannual Muslim Community Forum at the Getty Museum.  Several officials joined Chief Beck for the event, including Assistant United States Attorney Susan J. DeWitt and LAPD Inspector General Alexander Bustamante, along with Muslim community and business leaders and many others. 

20150402_184508In his opening remarks, Chief Beck talked about liberties of the individual as a vital cornerstone for American society.  Continuing in that vein, he went on to discuss the importance of relationships.  “That’s what this forum is about,” said Chief Beck, “making sure we have a relationship [with the community] of trust, openness and frankness.” He emphasized these qualities enable issues to be resolved before they become “unresolvable.”

Chief Beck described an example of the kind of partnership he supports between officers and community members.  He believes Muslims, like other citizens, want to understand their local police officers, and the officers, in turn, want to understand the people they serve.

“Just like a cop on the beat stops by a store, stops by a school, to build relationships with those he may need to either help or be helped by in the future; that’s what we do in 20150402_194720 these forums,” said Chief Beck. “Thank you for being here.”   


April 2015 COP Message

Recently, we have come under sharp criticism regarding the training and abilities of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man on skid row. Critics opined that any four officers who could not take a single unarmed suspect into custody without resorting to deadly force must be incompetent. I will not comment on the specific officers involved in the shooting or whether the tactics employed were proper. As you all know the investigation is far from complete, but I would like to comment on this mistaken belief that physical conflicts are completely predictable and controllable. Los Angeles Police officers are the best trained in the nation, but with that training comes the realization that the dynamics of extreme physical conflict are such that every instance is different, and every situation has the potential to escalate quickly with deadly results. Because policing is done so publically and has been the subject of so many portrayals in works of fiction, everyone believes they are a subject matter expert.

During this time of criticism, take a moment to know that you are supported by the vast majority of the public, and most importantly, by me. I know you are the best trained officers in the world. Continue to do the great work you do every day, and reflect on the number of people you’ve helped throughout your career and the many more who depend on you to keep them safe in the future.

LAPD Reserve Officer Appreciation Month

The month of April marks our annual appreciation and recognition of our Reserve Corps program. Many of you know that almost 40 years ago, I began my law enforcement career as an LAPD reserve officer, and it’s a program I’m very proud of. I know firsthand how reserve officers are a tremendous force multiplier for our Department. Each day reserve officers work different assignments side by side with full-time police officers in a seamless way. The public has no idea reserve officers put their lives on the line for no pay.
Reserve officers are the truest form of community-based policing. The value reserve officers bring to the table is immense, and their hard work and dedication are a priceless benefit to the City. Reserve officers are not content to play a passive role in life. They get involved for the betterment of our community, and by doing so, they live up to the Reserve Corps’ motto, “To be a reserve is to be twice a citizen.” In your daily assignments, as you work alongside a reserve officer, please join me in recognizing and thanking them for their service.

Thank you for all you do and be safe,
Charlie

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Wilshire Burglar Caught on Camera

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Area detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a burglary. The suspect was later caught on surveillance video when pawning the victim's property.

On Sunday, February 21, 2015, a suspect broke into a residence located in the 1300 block of Tremaine Avenue. The suspect took the victim's property including jewelry and a laptop computer. On Tuesday, February 23, 2015, the victim got a ping from her laptop computer at a local pawn shop. The victim immediately phoned the police who responded to the pawn shop. By the time the officers arrived to the store, the suspect had left the location, however, detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from inside the pawn shop.



The suspect is described as a male Black, between 18 - 23-years-old with black hair. He stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and has a thin build. On the surveillance footage, he was seen wearing a grey shirt, glasses and carrying a black back pack.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is asked to call Wilshire Area Detective Nolan at (213) 482-8255. During non-business hours or on the 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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60-Year Old Female in Los Angeles Reported Missing

Los Angeles: The family of Zakiyyah Elamin and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing 60-year-old female resident of Los Angeles.

On March 23, 2015, around 7 a.m., Ms. Zakiyyah Elamin was last seen in the 1000 block of West 39th Street in the City of Los Angeles. Considering her age, Ms. Elamin's family is extremely concerned for her safety. Zakiyyah Elamin is described as a 60-year-old Black female, with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs around 150 pounds.

Anyone with information on Zakiyyah Elamin's whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit 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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Police Chief Charlie Beck to Host Muslim Community Forum

WHAT:
Muslim Community Forum

WHEN:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

WHERE:
The Getty Museum
Harold Williams Auditorium
1200 Getty Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

WHO:
Ms. Susan J. De Witt, Assistant United States Attorney
Inspector General Alexander Bustamante
LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck, Chief of Police
Mr. Arif Alikhan, Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing
LAPD Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas, Office of Operations
LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau
Mr. Mohammed Akbar Khan, Co-Chair Muslim Community Forum
Muslim Community and Business Leaders

WHY:
This event provides community members with the opportunity to meet with Chief Charlie Beck and LAPD personnel. The Department is committed to an ongoing partnership with the many diverse communities throughout the City of Los Angeles in the spirit of openness and transparency.

CONTACT:
For more information, please call Senior Lead Officer Nathan Ruvalcaba, Media Relations and Community Affairs Group, Community Relations Section at (213) 486-6000.

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Suspect Charges Officers and Paramedics with Knife

UPDATE

April 7, 2015


Updated:
The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Sherwin Vigilant, Serial No. 37010 assigned to Harbor Division.

Wilmington: On March 26, 2015, around 9:25 a.m., Harbor Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a suicidal man who was cutting himself and had a belt around his neck in the 1500 block of Bayview Avenue.

When the officers arrived, they met with the subject's mother who told them that her son, later identified as Adrian Solis was lying on the kitchen floor bleeding profusely from a deep laceration to the throat. The officers rendered aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

When Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived, one officer went outside to advise them to bring a gurney and escort them back to the kitchen. Suddenly, Solis leapt to his feet, grabbed two kitchen knives off of the counter and walked towards the officer who remained with him. That officer redeployed outside to warn his partner and paramedics that Solis had armed himself with knives. Solis continued to advance and then charged at the officer, resulting in an officer involved shooting.

Solis was struck by gunfire and paramedics immediately rendered aid, but Solis was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured during this incident. Two serrated kitchen knives were recovered in the driveway and street where the officer involved shooting occurred.

Force Investigation Division investigators responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer involved shooting. 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 Departments 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.

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