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LAPD Statement on the Election of the 43rd District Attorney in Los Angeles County NR20278ti

The people of Los Angeles County have elected a new District Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department stands ready to work with DA elect George Gascón as he assumes the leadership over the largest prosecuting agency in the Nation.

The men and women of the LAPD also extends its appreciation and gratitude to outgoing DA Jackie Lacey for her life-long public service to the people of Los Angeles County. During DA Lacey's many decades of service and specifically her time as District Attorney, she has demonstrated her relentless commitment to justice and needed reforms.

Chief Moore stated, "Congratulations to DA elect George Gascón and welcome back home. I am committed to working with him and his leadership team in the pursuit of justice including the path of continued reforms. I also want to thank outgoing DA Jackie Lacey on her many years of public service to the people of this City and County. Her work fighting violent crime, safeguarding children from sex traffickers, and finding meaningful alternatives to the criminal justice system for those suffering from mental illness is unmatched."

Officer-Involved Shooting in Devonshire Division

November 5, 2020

The officer involved in the below investigation has been identified as Police Officer II Phillip Yu, Serial No. 41574 assigned to Devonshire 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 Devonshire Division.

On November 1, 2020, around 6:00 p.m., a man, later identified as 37-year-old Manuel Marshall Hernandez, was found inside the rear warehouse area of a grocery store in the 16900 block of Devonshire Street. A store employee told Hernandez he needed to leave the area. While he was walking Hernandez out of the store, Hernandez took a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the employee. Hernandez fled toward the rear of the store and the employee called 9-1-1.

Devonshire Division officers responded and found Hernandez standing on top of a fixture near the front of the store. For several minutes, officers tried to convince Hernandez to surrender. Suddenly, Hernandez jumped down and ran toward the rear of the store, holding a firearm in his hand. Hernandez fired at an officer, at that time there was an officer-involved shooting.

Hernandez was not struck by gunfire and was able to run out a rear exit of the grocery store and across Balboa Boulevard. He ran into a convenience store where held the clerk at gunpoint. Additional officers responded to the area and Hernandez ultimately surrendered.

One police officer was transported to a local hospital for an injury they sustained during the officer-involved shooting. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. No one else was injured during the incident.

A handgun was located in the convenience store and collected as part of this investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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.

55.07 LAMC Amendment

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is fully committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment Right to peacefully assemble and protest.  Due to recent incidents involving laser pointers and laser devices being used to cause eye damage, including temporarily blindness and potentially permanent vision loss to both police officers and members of the public, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor have added an amendment to 55.07 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) prohibiting laser pointers and laser devices at specified events.  As a reminder, and to ensure everyone’s safety, LAMC 55.07 prohibits possession of the below specified items while attending or participating in any public demonstration, rally, protest, picket line or public assembly: 

1.   Any length of lumber, wood, or wood lath unless that object is 1/4 inch or less in thickness and 2 inches or less in width, or if not generally rectangular in shape, such object shall not exceed 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension.  Both ends of the lumber, wood or wood lath shall be blunt;

2.   Any length of metal or plastic pipe, whether hollow or solid; provided, however, that hollow plastic piping not exceeding 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension and not exceeding 1/8 inch in wall thickness, and not filled with any material, liquid, gas or solid may be used solely to support a sign, banner, placard, puppet or other similar expressive display.  Both ends of any plastic pipe permissible under this subsection shall be blunt;

3.   Signs, posters, banners, plaques or notices, whether or not mounted on a length of material permitted under Subdivisions 1. and 2. of this section, unless such sign, poster, banner, plaque or notice is constructed solely of soft material, such as cloth, paper, soft plastic capable of being rolled or folded, or cardboard material no greater than 1/4 inch in thickness;

4.   Baseball or softball bats, regardless of composition or size; provided, however, that such items are permissible when configured of cloth, cardboard, soft plastic, foam or paper for expressive purposes;

5.   Any aerosol spray, tear gas, mace, pepper spray or bear repellant;

6.   Any projectile launcher or other device, such as a catapult or wrist rocket, which is commonly used for the purpose of launching, hurling or throwing any object, liquid, material or other substance, whether through force of air pressure, spring action or any other mechanism;

7.   Weapons such as firearms, knives, swords, sabers or other bladed devices, axes, hatchets, ice picks, razor blades, nunchucks or martial arts weapons of any kind, box cutters, pellet or BB guns, conducted electrical weapons (CEWs), including, but not limited to, Tasers or stun guns, metal/composite/ wooden knuckles, or any chain greater than 20 inches in length or greater than 1/4 inch in diameter.  This subdivision also includes toy or replica firearms unless such toy or replica is florescent colored or transparent;

8.   Balloons, bottles or any other container such as water cannons or super-soakers, filled with any flammable, biohazard or other noxious matter which is injurious, or nauseous, sickening or irritating to any of the senses, with intent to throw, drop, pour, disperse, deposit, release, discharge or expose the same in, upon or about any demonstration, rally, protest, picket line or public assembly;

9.   Glass bottles, whether empty or filled;

10.   Open flame torches, lanterns or other devices that utilize combustible materials such as gasoline, kerosene, propane or other fuel sources;

11.   Shields made of metal, wood, hard plastic or any combination thereof;

12.   Bricks, rocks, pieces of asphalt, concrete, pellets or ball bearings; or,

13. Laser pointers or laser-style devices emitting any color beam, milliwatt output level, intensity class level or any visibility level, including infrared, or nonvisible.

The LAPD asks all members of the public to not bring any of the listed prohibited items to any event specified under 55.07 LAMC as these items have no legal purpose while individuals are attending or participating in these events.  The First Amendment is essential to our Democracy and by prohibiting the above listed items we can all ensure the public’s safety as they exercise their Constitutional Rights. 

Additional information can be obtained by contacting LAPD Media Relations at 213-486-5910.