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Passing of Former President of the BOPC, John Mack

Joint Statement of Chief of Police Charlie Beck and Chief of Police-Select Michel Moore on the Passing of Former President of the Board of Police Commissioners, John Mack

Los Angeles: "The men and women of the LAPD mourn the passing of former Police Commission President John Mack. Commissioner Mack was not only an outstanding commissioner, but an inspiration and personal mentor for thousands of police officers throughout the decades of his service to the community. His thoughtfulness, kindness, grace, and leadership have been instrumental in shaping the LAPD of today. He will forever be missed and never be forgotten."


Cyber Watch Partnership Helps Nab Knock-Knock Burglary Suspect

Los Angeles Police Department's Cyber Watch Partnership Helps Nab Knock-Knock Burglary Suspect

San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Detectives announce the arrest of 19-year-old Richard Rashad Golden for burglary.

On January 29, 2018 a burglary occurred near the 3400 Block of Anchovy Avenue in San Pedro. The suspect would knock on the door of a residence multiple times. If the resident was home, he would ask to speak with a randomly named person who did not live at the location. The resident would tell the suspect the named person did not live there and the suspect would leave. If the resident did not answer the door, the suspect would then enter the residence and take the resident's property. The suspect was committing these crimes with the assistance of another person who would drive around the area or park and wait until the suspect committed the burglary. The suspect would then get in the vehicle with the stolen property and flee the location. These crimes primarily occurred in the daytime.

An observant neighbor and CyberWatch community member spotted an unusual vehicle (silver mini-van) parked in their neighborhood near where the burglary occurred. The neighbor photographed the vehicle and reported it to the police (see attached). The photo was circulated on social media.

An extensive investigation revealed that the suspect had committed the same exact crime at another residence near the 1300 Block of 26th Street. Last week, Harbor Area officers and detectives arrested the suspect in both cases. The District Attorney filed two counts of first degree burglary against Golden.

The Investigating Officer, Tom Baran, Harbor Area Detectives, was quoted as saying, "Once again, the social media/ CyberWatch efforts paid off. We were able to put together evidence, find the suspect, make the arrest and file the case. If not for the efforts of the community, cases like this would never be solved. I want to thank everyone involved in this effort. Because of them, this arrest was made possible."


Community Photo of Suspect Vehicle from Day of Burglary

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Harbor Detectives, at (310) 726-7900. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may 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 "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Critical Incident Video Release

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Charlie Beck, Chief of Police and Alan Hamilton, Commander, Force Investigation Division, held a news conference to introduce the LAPD’s first Critical Incident Video Release “Community Briefing.” The video footage is from officers body worn camera and provides information about a critical incident which occurred on May 6, 2018. The release of video is accompanied by additional information to provide context based on the evidence available at the time of release.

It is the intent of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, through the adoption of this policy, to increase transparency with respect to the operations of the LAPD and in doing so, foster greater public trust. It is the policy of the LAPD that video evidence in the Department's possession of critical incidents involving LAPD officers be released to the public within 45 days of the incident.

Critical Incidents: This policy applies to video imagery concerning the following types of incidents:

• Officer-involved shootings, regardless of whether a person was hit by gunfire;

• A use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury requiring hospitalization;

• All deaths while an arrestee/detainee is in the custodial care of the Department unless there is no preliminary evidence of any of the following: misconduct, a use of force, or an act committed by an arrestee/detainee that appears intended to cause injury or death; or

• Any other police encounter where the Commission or the Chief of Police determines release of video is in the public interest.

Audio - Critical Video Release

 


Notes from the June 19, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Verbal presentation and discussion by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy relative to the Law Enforcement Advanced Development Program. No action required.

Verbal presentation and discussion relative to the 2017 Use of Force Year-End Review Report. No action required.

Executive Director’s Report, dated June 14, 2018, relative to Fiscal Year 2018-19 proposed adjustments to fees for Special Services established by the Board of Police Commissioners, as set forth. [BPC #18-0225] was approved.

Inspector General’s Report, dated June 14, 2018, relative to review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Jail and Holding Tank Structures and Procedures, as set forth. [BPC #18-0224] will be continued for discussion as a regular agenda item on Tuesday July 17, 2018.

Department’s Report, dated June 13, 2018, relative to the Domestic Violence Audit (AD No. 17-016), as set forth. [BPC #18-0211] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated June 15, 2018, relative to the request for approval on the third amendment with both contractors (Ben Hyatt Certified Deposition Reporters and Lynden J an Associates, Inc.) for court reporter services for the Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #18-0212] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated June 7, 2018, relative to the grant application and award acceptance for the 2018-2019 Operation ABC Grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, as set forth. [BPC #18-0226] was approved.

Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala presented the report of the Chief of Police as Chief Beck was in attendance at a funeral for a retired captain. Chief Girmala provided information on an officer involved shooting that occurred Saturday June 16, at 1:00 p.m. Van Nuys Patrol Division uniformed officers responded to an ambulance cutting radio call at a homeless outreach center, located at 6400 Tyrone Avenue. The officers confronted a suspect, who was armed with a large knife. The officers ordered the suspect to drop the knife and utilized less lethal options including a beanbag shotgun to gain compliance. The suspect then grabbed a female bystander and held the knife to her neck, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting. Chief Girmala provided Part IA crime statistics and reported there are 10,026 sworn personnel, 2,938 civilian personnel, and 1,799 cadets.

Audio - PC Mtg June 19, 2018

 


Man Stabbed to Death in North Hollywood

 

North Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for killing a man.

On June 18, 2018, around 2:50 a.m., North Hollywood Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing near the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located the victim laying on the grass, bleeding from his upper torso.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim is described as a 25-year-old male. His identification is being withheld until his next of kin is notified.

Preliminary investigation revealed the victim and suspect were involved in an argument. The argument turned physical, at which time the suspect stabbed the victim and fled on foot. The suspect is described as a male Black with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro at 818-374-1925. 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 LA 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 17-year-old Kayla Yolanda Huerta.

On June 18, 2018, at 2:25 a.m., Kayla Yolanda Huerta was inside of a vehicle when an unknown person shot Ms. Huerta, fatally wounding her. The vehicle that Ms. Huerta was in, rolled forward and came to rest against a block wall in the 700 block of West Sepulveda Street in the city of San Pedro.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render aid; however, Ms. Huerta did not respond and was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives have no leads on a vehicle description or suspect(s) and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Sergeant Oliva and Detective Coffee, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7886 or (310)726-7887. 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.

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West Valley: Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that severely injured a 41- year-old woman.

On June 17, 2018, around 9:20 p.m., the pedestrian was crossing southbound Oxnard Street east of Goodland Avenue, outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle travelling westbound on Oxnard Street. That vehicle was described as a gray 2007 to 2012 Nissan Altima.

The unidentified driver of the Nissan Altima failed to stop, identify himself/herself or render aid to the victim as required by law.

The woman suffered severe injuries as a result of this collision and was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division, Officer Takishita at (818) 644-8116 or Detective Fuentes at (818) 644-8029. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Two Suspects Responsible for Murder Arrested

 

San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide Detectives announce the arrest of 21-year-old Mario Gallegos and 32-year-old Carlos Rivera for Murder.

On June 14, 2018, around 9:25 a.m., the victim, Tony Bustillos, a 52-year-old male was sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot near the 200 block of North Pacific Avenue, in the city of San Pedro. Mr. Bustillos was talking with friends, when suspects fired multiple rounds at the victim, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location to render aid and transport the victim to a local hospital; however, Mr. Bustillos died from his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, Harbor Area homicide and gang detectives identified and located two suspects responsible for the murder of Mr. Bustillos. The suspects were arrested for murder. The case will be presented to the District Attorney's office on Monday, June 18, 2018 for filing consideration.
Mario Gallegos and Carlos Rivera who are affiliated with a street gang are in custody and being held on $2,000,000 bail.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Officer Tiffin or Detective Cortez, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7889 or (310)726-7884. 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.