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Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

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LAPD Officer Dies in Beverly Hills Crash

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Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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Updated at the bottom: Authorities identified the fallen officer as Nicholas Choung Lee.

An LAPD patrol car was hit by a trash hauler that might have lost its brakes in Beverly Hills this morning, killing an officer inside and putting his partner in the hospital with critical injuries, authorities said.

The collision at at Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive near Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion was reported at 8 a.m., LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told us.

That's only a few blocks ...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

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Why Is That LAPD Helicopter Circling Overhead?

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Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM
Why is that LAPD helicopter circling incessantly over your house in the middle of the night? Some folks, reasonably enough, get worried that a serial killer is lurking in their backyard. Others are simply annoyed by the noise and just want to get some sleep.

Helicopters, it's safe to say, are among Angelenos' biggest pet peeves.

See also: Helicopter Noise Law Would Protect Westsiders From Buzz Endured By the Rest of L.A.

And while this won't help your copter-induced insomnia, it might satisfy your curiosity. We recently spoke with Lt. Phil Smith, second in command at LAPD's Air Support Division. He was kind enough to give up the top five reasons why an LAPD helicopter is circling overhead:

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Don Thompson, LAPD Hero, Rescues Man From Fiery Wreck Christmas Day

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Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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Updated at the bottom with the rescued man being arrested on suspicion of DUI. First posted at 2:07 p.m.

An LAPD officer became a Christmas hero yesterday when he rescued a 72-year-old man from fiery doom on the 405 freeway in Sherman Oaks.

Dom Thompson, a 26-year veteran of the department, happened to be heading to work on the freeway when he saw a Mercedes veer out of control, hit a center divider, and go up in flames.

He rushed to the vehicle and rescued the man inside within seconds of his last breath:

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Sheriff's Asshole Culture Revealed In Jail Indictments

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Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM
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Evelin Fischer, an Austrian consul, went to the Men's Central Jail on June 6, 2011, to pay a visit to an Austrian citizen who had been arrested. It was a routine diplomatic errand, and she brought her husband along.


While he was standing outside the visitor center, he walked a little too close to the entrance. According to an indictment unsealed on Monday, Deputy Sussie Ayala confronted him and then placed him in handcuffs.

When Fischer protested to a supervisor, she, too, was handcuffed. According to the indictment, Ayala and Deputy Noel Womack took her to a break room and searched her, though she was not suspected of a crime and should have been protected by diplomatic immunity.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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In Sheriff's Case, Low-Level Employees Take The Brunt

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Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 6:04 AM
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On Sept. 26, 2011, Sheriff Lee Baca went on "Good Day L.A." and blasted the FBI for smuggling a cell phone to an informant in one of his jails. "It's illegal," he said. "I think I need to know what the reason is, and quite frankly it's unacceptable regardless."


The FBI had been ignoring the sheriff's inquiries. So that same day, two of Baca's sergeants visited FBI Special Agent Leah Marx at her home. She was involved in the jailhouse investigation, and the sergeants wanted to get some information from her. While they were at Marx's home, the sergeants allegedly threatened to arrest her.

That confrontation is at the heart of an federal case unsealed Monday by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

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Feds Indict 18 Sheriff's Officials in Wide-Ranging Jail Probe

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Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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Updated at the bottom with info on two officials who are at large.


Federal authorities have indicted 17 18 current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on a range of charges, including obstructing an investigation of abuse in the county jails, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The federal charges also relate to two incidents of violence against county inmates, as well as unrelated mortgage fraud and gun charges, according to the sources. The highest ranking defendants are two lieutenants -- Gregory Thompson and Stephen Leavins -- according to a copy of one of the indictments, posted after the jump.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is scheduled to reveal more information at a 1 p.m. press conference. Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to hold his own press conference responding to the charges at 3:30 p.m.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

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Westside Cops Kill Homeless Man Holding a Stick

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Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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For the second time in two weeks L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies opened fire on LAPD turf along Venice Boulevard.

This time it happened on Venice near Cadillac Avenue and Kaiser's West L.A. Medical Center yesterday. Deputies from the sheriff's department Transit Services Bureau, those cops who patrol trains and buses, came across a homeless man:

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Armando Rodriguez, El Segundo Cop, Saves Woman From Fiery Wreck (VIDEO)

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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An El Segundo cop was being called a hero this week after he jumped into a burning car to rescue the woman inside.

It was such a dangerous move that Officer Armando Rodriguez was still in the hospital after he suffered from minor burns and smoke inhalation following the rescue, Lt. Jaime Bermudez told LA Weekly:

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Attorney David Drexler, left, and shooting victim Angel Mendez - PATRICK RANGE MCDONALD
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  • Attorney David Drexler, left, and shooting victim Angel Mendez

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and then-District Attorney Steve Cooley believed the horrific, 2010 deputy-involved shooting of a Lancaster man holding a BB gun was totally legitimate, but yesterday U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled otherwise.

On Tuesday afternoon at the federal courthouse in downtown, Fitzgerald awarded $3.8 million to Angel Mendez, and $222,000 to his wife, Jennifer, for damages resulting from Fourth Amendment violations by two L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who shot the Mendezes in their makeshift home.

"I'm really happy," said Jennifer Mendez after the ruling. "Justice was served."

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

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Christopher Dorner's Firing 'Justified,' LAPD Review Says

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Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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The LAPD today said that after a "comprehensive review of the firing of former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner" his termination was determined to have been legit.

The department was practically forced to take a second look at Dorner after his "manifesto" hit the press during a rampage that killed four, not including the ex-cop's own demise in a shootout near Big Bear in February.

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