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November 22, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Los Angeles Police Department officers fatally shot a man in North Hollywood on Friday night after responding to reports that an individual was walking down the street with a gun and disturbing the peace, authorities said. Shortly before 8 p.m., a caller reported that a man with a gun was walking near Burbank Boulevard and Riverton Avenue , said Sgt. Ernie Fischer of the LAPD's North Hollywood Station. Two officers responded in a squad car, Fischer said, and encountered the man. HOMICIDE REPORT: Telling victims' stories since 2007 According to Officer Cleon Joseph of LAPD Media Relations, the man was holding a semiautomatic pistol and turned toward officers, who shot him. “He was engaged by the officers and fatally shot,” Fischer said.
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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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January 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A federal jury on Friday found that two Los Angeles police officers did not use excessive force when they arrested a one-time bank and Hollywood executive they believed to be under the influence of the drug bath salts. Brian Mulligan, 54, sued the Los Angeles Police Department and two of its officers, James Nichols and John Miller, in federal court. He alleged they violated his civil rights, used unreasonable force and committed battery during a May 16, 2012, arrest. The decision by the eight-person jury means there will not be a second phase of the trial to decide whether the city negligently supervised the officers.
OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Beck sends wrong message,” Column, March 26 This article is excellent. However, I would add this: A former ranking LAPD official is quoted as saying that the finding that the officer had been untruthful rendered him “basically useless to LAPD,” because of an obligation to disclose it to defendants in future prosecutions in which he is involved. True, but such thinking is insufficient, because it assumes those defendants are guilty; the greater risk to the public good is that innocent people may be arrested and/or prosecuted on the basis of unreliable reports from such an officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2000
I decided it was time for a positive note concerning the Los Angeles Police Department. My son-in-law, Kirk Buchanan, is retiring from the LAPD after 29 1/2 years of service. He's never gotten his name in the papers, he's just done what hundreds of his peers have done. They have daily fulfilled the oath they took on graduation from the academy, "To protect and serve." Kirk is truly a role model to emulate. Too often the public is quick to tar the whole because of a few bad apples.
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March 31, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Having a police force that is too small has its rewards, at least for the bank accounts of officers patrolling Los Angeles' streets. Just ask the Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who made $240,000 last year -- $131,000 of that from working overtime. Or another sergeant, who added $105,800 in overtime pay to his $101,900 annual salary.
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June 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Two former Los Angeles police partners who were found guilty of perjury and conspiring to obstruct justice avoided jail Tuesday when they were sentenced to community labor and probation, capping the first conviction of LAPD officers accused of falsely testifying during a trial in more than a decade. Describing his sentencing decision as among the most difficult a judge could face, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor called the officers' conduct "regrettably shameful" but said he also took into account the careers and lives they had led. He ordered that Evan Samuel, 41, perform 750 hours of service on graffiti removal or some other intensive labor and that Richard Amio, 34, complete 500 hours doing the same type of work.
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January 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation for allegedly preying on women over a period of five years, luring them into an unmarked car and forcing them to perform sex acts, according to court records. Detectives from the LAPD's internal affairs unit suspect that Officers Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols targeted at least four women whom they had arrested previously or who worked for them as informants, according to a search warrant reviewed by The Times.
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October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police formed a skirmish line late Wednesday as they tried to disperse crowds that had gathered outside a club in Lincoln Heights. The incident was at Avenue 24 and Broadway outside the Airliner club, according to police and television news footage. "The bouncers started turning people away and it got unruly," Officer Norma Eisenman told The Times. Police at the scene were requesting additional officers from the Central Bureau to deal with the crowds.  Los Angeles Police Department cruisers were driving north along Broadway with lights and sirens as officers took up positions along the street.  It was not immediately clear whether any arrests were made or whether there were any injuries.
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October 11, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles police said they shot and wounded a woman inside a downtown building Friday after she answered the door holding a knife.   Officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of East 3rd Street about 1 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French.   Officers went to a room on the fifth floor of the building and announced themselves, French said. A woman who appeared to be in her 50s opened the door armed with a knife and officers opened fire, striking her, he said.
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March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Street closures in downtown Los Angeles for the public funeral for an LAPD officer who was killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash was slowing the morning work commute. The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a 16-year department veteran, was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels , after which, a  procession will end at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Lee will be interred. To accommodate the funeral, officials closed Hill Street between Ord and 1st streets, Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway, and the northbound side of Grand between 1st and Temple - slowing the morning work commute through downtown after they took effect at 6:30 a.m. PHOTOS: Fatal collision in Beverly Hills California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The longtime Los Angeles police officer killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash  will be laid to rest Thursday following a public funeral service at a downtown cathedral.  The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a nearly 16-year department veteran, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the LAPD said. The service is open to the public, however officials warned seating inside would be very limited. California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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March 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Matt Stevens
Authorities are trying to determine why a dump truck slammed into a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car in Beverly Hills on Friday, killing one officer and injuring a second. California Highway Patrol investigators spent most of the day Friday at the scene, photographing the scattered wreckage and spilled oil, and looking for surveillance cameras that might have caught the crash on tape. Authorities said they were also trying to determine whether the patrol car's sirens and lights were on and how fast both vehicles were traveling.
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March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles police officer who died after his patrol car collided with a truck in Beverly Hills on Friday morning was a training officer, department officials said. The officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division was training a female probationary officer who was critically injured in the crash, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The names of the officers have not been released, pending notification of family. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was en route to the hospital where the female officer was taken, Smith said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
A Los Angeles police officer was killed and another seriously injured Friday morning when their squad car collided with a big rig in Beverly Hills, police said. The crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, said Beverly Hills Sgt. Max Subin. A male officer was killed, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French said. A female officer in the car with him was seriously injured.  There were at least two officers in the car, which was from the LAPD's Hollywood Division.
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March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Los Angeles police officer killed Friday when a truck slammed into his patrol car in Beverly Hills has been identified as a 40-year-old longtime officer. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the officer as Nicholas Choung Lee. [For the record, 6:03 p.m. PST, March 7, 2014: A previous version of this post misspelled the officer's middle name as Cheong.] At a newsconference earlier in the day, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Lee had worked in LAPD's Wilshire and Hollywood divisions, describing him as a father and “family man” who was “extremely well-respected.” Lee had worked for the department since 1998.
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June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Robert J. Lopez and Richard Winton
A gunman hiding in an attic opened fire on several officers conducting a search Tuesday evening, wounding a parole-probation officer and Los Angeles gang officer, law enforcement authorities told The Times. The attacker sprayed multiple rounds inside a home in unincorporated South Los Angeles, hitting the Los Angeles Police Department officer in the face and neck and the parole officer in the leg, authorities said. Multiple rounds were exchanged in an intense firefight during which bullets tore through the ceiling and floor, authorities said. Law enforcement sources said the officers were searching the home when the gunman opened fire.
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October 7, 2009 | Jack Leonard and Joel Rubin
Three Los Angeles police officers were charged with perjury and conspiracy Tuesday for allegedly lying under oath in a drug-possession case that was dismissed last year when a videotape sharply contradicted their testimony. The felony charges mark the most serious allegations of police perjury in Los Angeles since the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart scandal about a decade ago. Prosecutors allege in court documents that two officers falsely testified during the trial that they saw a suspect throw an object that split open to reveal crack and powder cocaine.
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February 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A man accused of shooting an acquaintance in Reseda and then firing at police, injuring one officer, was charged Thursday with three counts of attempted murder, prosecutors said. Cliff Gershowitz, 50, also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. He also faces allegations he personally discharged a handgun and caused great bodily injury. Prosecutors said they plan to ask that Gershowitz's bail be set at just over $4 million.
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February 13, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case five years ago was convicted Thursday at his retrial. Manuel Ortiz was first put on trial in 2012 along with two former Los Angeles police officers accused of writing false reports and perjury. Prosecutors said that a grainy black-and-white surveillance video - that ended up leading to the drug case's dismissal - contradicted what they said on the stand. Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted and sentenced to community labor and probation, but the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of guilt when it came to Ortiz.
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