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December 17, 1990 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heading home not long ago, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates spotted a motorist slumped over his steering wheel at a stop sign, in an intoxicated stupor. Fearing that the drunk might lurch into traffic and kill someone, Gates and his driver pulled over, handcuffed the man and radioed for assistance. It did not matter that Gates identified himself as "Staff One"--radio code for the chief of police. An hour and 15 minutes elapsed before officers arrived to take the drunk away.
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April 8, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Ruben Vives and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police said they are still trying to determine what prompted a man to open fire at an LAPD station in Mid-City station Monday night, wounding an officer. The shooting suspect, 29-year-old Daniel C. Yealu, remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday but was booked in absentia on suspicion of attempted murder, LAPD officials said. Online jail records showed his bail was set at $2 million. Yealu walked up to the front desk of the LAPD's Wilshire Division station about 8:30 p.m. and fired at two officers there, Chief Charlie Beck said.
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September 28, 2002 | JILL LEOVY and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two of the three candidates for the Los Angeles Police Department's top job are veterans of the New York City Police Department, and they are promoting their experience as an advantage. To many LAPD loyalists, however, the East Coast experience of John F. Timoney and William Bratton doesn't count for much.
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April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. He told him that he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
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August 27, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A murder suspect facing his third strike under California's penal code barricaded himself inside a friend's apartment and killed himself Wednesday morning after Los Angeles police cornered him and evacuated the neighborhood, including a preschool. Police had an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Ronald Figueroa, wanted in connection with a May drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old woman who was riding in a car with rival gang members in Montecito Heights.
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November 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A man sought in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon was shot by Los Angeles police in Pacoima on Monday afternoon, officials said. The suspect was shot in the arm about 2:30 p.m. near Borden Avenue and Paxton Street, LAPD Sgt. Robert Ginther said. Details about the man's condition or the circumstances leading up to the shooting were not immediately known. Ginther said officers were "looking" for the suspect and "came across him. " ALSO: Suspect in fatal Hollywood party bus shooting identified For World War II veteran, daily flag-raising is a sacred duty Sanctuary and Meatball's biggest fan tiff over bear's copyrighted name Twitter: @katemather | Google+ kate.mather@latimes.com
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July 12, 1991
Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and three former and current aides testified under oath last month before the Christopher Commission. Their testimony provides an extraordinary glimpse into the attitudes and policies of the LAPD's leadership on issues ranging from excessive force to officer discipline. Following are excerpts of transcripts released Thursday: POLICE CHIEF DARYL F.
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July 2, 1993
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, whose president was chosen this week to be Mayor Riordan's deputy mayor for public safety, reacted to critics of that appointment Thursday by releasing a statement pledging the union's commitment to LAPD reform. Some department critics--including the local American Civil Liberties Union's legal director, Paul Hoffman--expressed concern over Riordan's appointing union President William C. Violante to the post.
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April 2, 1992
A Los Angeles police captain who was accused of illegally using anabolic steroids has been cleared of wrongdoing, his attorney and a department spokesman said Wednesday. Capt. John P. Mutz, a 16-year veteran assigned to the Van Nuys Division, was found not guilty of two administrative charges--soliciting a doctor to commit a felony and improperly using anabolic steroids, said his attorney Barry Levin of Los Angeles.
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May 27, 1994
Los Angeles police officers here may feel unappreciated, with the turmoil since the Rodney G. King beating and the fact that officers have not had a raise in two years. But somebody out there likes them--such as the Japanese company that donated $20,000 to the department, or the folks who gave police $250 for a fax machine, or the bank that pitched in 13 computers. In fact, the Los Angeles Police Department has become something of a charitable cause recently.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A man was fatally shot near a North Hollywood elementary school early Monday morning, shortly after police say they made contact with him as he was attempting to cut down trees in a nearby park. Los Angeles police told NBC 4 that the man appeared to be speaking nonsensically when authorities first confronted him and asked him to leave. Then, about an hour later, around 12:45 a.m., officers responded to a citizen's report of a gunshot and discovered that the man had been shot near the corner of Tujunga Avenue and Kittridge Street, Lt. McNeill Gardner said.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A couple accused of abducting their children from Boyle Heights and taking them to the U.S.-Mexico border have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other felony charges. Enrique Felix and Rose Chairez, both 28, were arraigned Tuesday on two counts of kidnapping, four counts of child stealing and one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The couple also face an allegation that the victims - their four children - were under the age of 14, and that Felix had "serious" prior felony convictions for making a criminal threat and drug possession.  The pair are due back in court April 11. If convicted, prosecutors said, Felix faces nearly 50 years in state prison, Chairez nearly 20. A statewide Amber Alert was issued after Felix and Chairez allegedly took their children - Enrique, 7; Justin, 5; and 1-year-old twins Veronica and Janet - from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights on March 14. The couple did not have custody of the children, police said, and had been ordered to stay away from them except for supervised visits by Los Angeles County social workers.
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February 28, 2014 | By Kate Mather
It takes a small army to get Hollywood Boulevard ready for its biggest party of the year: Streets are closed. Lights are set up. Rain canopies are brought in (just in case). But it's not just the film industry that must be red-carpet-ready. The Academy Awards is the most high-profile event Los Angeles police handle each year. Police spend months planning with private security, the FBI and various city agencies for scenarios ranging from a terrorist attack to party crashers. "The glitz and glam is kind of gone for me now," said Cmdr.
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February 14, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer was found guilty of perjury and conspiracy to obstruct justice 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 lying on the stand during a drug possession case. 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. This time, a panel of six women and six men deliberated for about two hours before deciding Ortiz's fate.
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February 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A homeless man who was shot point-blank in the head in Panorama City on Sunday during an argument over $50 has been declared brain dead, according to Los Angeles police. Hospital officials told homicide detectives that Carlos Sanchez Cruz, 31, was declared brain dead at 3 p.m. Monday. “It's sad that a dispute over $50 would lead to a man's death,” said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon. “I hope the family can find some solace in knowing at least that we have the persons responsible in custody.” Cruz was placed on life support at Holy Cross Hospital following the shooting, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on the sidewalk near 9010 Tobias Avenue, police said.
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January 25, 2014 | By Jason Song
An Arizona man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of trespassing at the home of actress and singer Selena Gomez, authorities said. Los Angeles police received a 911 call at 9:25 a.m. reporting an intruder on the grounds of Gomez's home in the 19800 block of Wells Drive in Tarzana, according to a police spokeswoman. The suspect, Juan Daniel Garcia, 19, of El Mirage, Ariz., was taken into custody. It was unclear if Gomez was home at the time, the spokeswoman said.  Gomez starred in the film "Spring Breakers" and several Disney Channel television series.
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August 17, 1994
Police detonated a military-style device outside the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance on Tuesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear if the object was a bomb. The incident at the museum followed the bombing deaths of more than 100 people in a building housing Jewish organizations in Buenos Aires, 21 people aboard a commuter plane in Panama and two other bombings in London that left 18 people injured last month. After staff members and visitors at the center at 9760 W.
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November 19, 1993
The president of the union representing Los Angeles police officers said Thursday that contract talks with the city have broken off, leading the union to lay plans for escalating its job action. "We can't strike, but there are other things we can do," said David Zeigler, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file officers. "Our members are incredibly frustrated." The league's board met in an emergency session Thursday to discuss the options.
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December 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles police said Tuesday that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in a minor crash that occurred after talk show host Arsenio Hall drove off the side of the road in West Hills. Hall was not injured in the incident about 7:30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Sherman Way and Medical Center Drive, police said. "He was just off the side road there," said LAPD Sgt. Emalee Baptiste. There was no arrest and no collision report, she added. It was unclear what caused Hall to drive off the road or how much damage was done to the vehicle, Baptiste said.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- A 2009 police search of a Los Angeles gang member's home will be examined Wednesday by the Supreme Court in a case that could further define Americans' 4th Amendment protections. The case of Walter Fernandez vs. California is the latest requiring the court to determine when police may enter and look around a home without a search warrant.    At issue is whether a consent to search provided by one resident of a private home is enough to override an objection from a spouse or roommate, if the objecting party is not present.
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