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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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April 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled a memorial star Friday to honor fallen LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee. Lee's family, including his mother and brother, attended the service unveiling the star at the entrance to the LAPD Hollywood Division at 1358 North Wilcox Ave. LAPD officers from around the city came for the memorial. Lee was killed on March 7 when his patrol car was hit by a dump truck. Lee's is the eighth star at the Hollywood Division memorializing Hollywood LAPD officers killed in the line of duty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A felon charged with shooting at two Los Angles police officers and another man pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Cliff Gershowitz, 50, was accused of shooting the man during a Feb. 10 argument in Reseda, prosecutors said. The victim was wounded in the arm and leg. When Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the scene, they began chasing Gershowitz as he ran away, according to authorities. Prosecutors said Gershowitz opened fire on police, injuring an officer who was struck in the arm. Police officials later determined that the officer had been injured by shrapnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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April 22, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Officials are warning commuters to avoid the northbound 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon as funeral services are held for a motorcycle officer who died  several days after he was struck by an SUV. Chris Cortijo, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 27 years, was rear-ended April 5 by a Chevrolet Blazer while stopped on his motorcycle at a red light near Saticoy Street and...
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April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A Pacoima woman accused of slammed her vehicle into a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer, severely injuring him, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, faces a felony DUI charge, and prosecutors allege that she was under the influence of cocaine in her Chevrolet Blazer when she rear-ended the officer as he was stopped at a traffic light Saturday in North Hollywood. The collision sent the officer and his motorcycle into the rear of the car in front of him, crushing him, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Hailey Branson-Potts
The Los Angeles Police Department was in mourning with news that a veteran motorcycle officer hit by a driver suspected of being high on cocaine Saturday had died of his injuries. Chris Cortijo, a 27-year veteran of the department, died Wednesday afternoon. Jorge Villegas, the commanding officer of the LAPD's Valley Bureau, said he first met Cortijo in 2006 and over the years had “observed him to be an absolute quality, outstanding individual,” adding that Cortijo was “very humble.” Late last week, just days before he was struck, Cortijo was awarded “Valley motor officer of the quarter” - a commendation given for an officer's all-around performance in the field, Villegas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
The officer who was shot multiple times when a gunman opened fire inside a Mid-City Los Angeles police station Monday night has been released from the hospital, officials said Wednesday. The officer, identified only as a seven-year department veteran, was released about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and is recovering at home, LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes said. The officer sustained multiple bullet wounds in the shooting, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday at the  LAPD Wilshire Division on Venice Boulevard near South La Brea Avenue.
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April 9, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced Wednesday to community labor and three years' probation for falsely testifying about the details of a 2008 drug arrest. Officer Manuel Bernardo Ortiz, who was convicted of one count each of perjury and conspiracy, must perform 900 hours of graffiti removal or work for the California Department of Transportation. Ortiz, 40, was one of three LAPD officers convicted in connection with the arrest of Guillermo Alarcon Jr. Former officers Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted of multiple counts of perjury for testifying falsely during different court proceedings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission is demanding answers amid revelations that officers tampered with voice-recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found that 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, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A federal jury found Friday that two Los Angeles police officers had not used excessive force when arresting a onetime bank and Hollywood executive whom they believed to be under the influence of drugs known as bath salts. Brian Mulligan, 54, a former Deutsche Bank vice chairman, sued the Los Angeles Police Department and two of its officers, claiming that James Nichols and John Miller had used batons to break his nose and shoulder during the May 16, 2012, encounter. After hearing three days of testimony, jurors took less than three hours to reach a verdict, finding that the officers had not violated Mulligan's federal or state civil rights or battered him. Much of the trial focused on Mulligan's mental state that night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
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