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December 3, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - On his last full day as mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders did something Sunday that took him back four decades. He rode with a police officer assigned to the 2 p.m. to midnight shift patrolling downtown. In the mid-1970s, fresh out of San Diego State, Sanders was a rookie officer assigned to that same beat. "I came in in a police car, I'm going out in a police car," Sanders, 62, had said with a laugh last week as he stood outside one of his signature achievements of his seven years as mayor: a new central library under construction.
October 26, 2012 |
A police officer dreamed up plots to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database, authorities said Thursday. Gilbert Valle's alleged fantasies about cannibalizing women -- one expressing the desire to "cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible" -- were described in online fetish chat rooms and emails. Authorities said he was arrested because he was taking steps to carry the fantasies out. None of the women were harmed, although a prosecutor said that some of the women said they knew Valle and that the six-year NYPD veteran had stalked at least two of them, including once in a police car. Valle's estranged wife tipped off authorities to the online activity, leading to his arrest, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2012 |
The L.A. County district attorney's office will not charge a man with involuntary manslaughter after he falsely claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, setting off a chain of events that ended with an officer fatally shooting a college student. Pasadena police shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade on a narrow street in the city's northeast section March 24 as he was being chased by an officer and his path blocked by a police car. Prosecutors found that Oscar Carrillo lied when he said he was robbed at gunpoint by McDade, but the lie just "was one in a series of acts ... that culminated in the fatal shooting," the prosecutor's report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2012 |
Ted Saraf flipped on his red lights and leaned on the siren as he passed through the intersection of Cahuenga and Hollywood boulevards. His 1968 Dodge Coronet has the Pasadena Police Department logo on its doors and old-fashioned squad car lights on its roof. But it was the Los Angeles Police Department escort that prompted drivers to stop. The Coronet was one of 30 vintage police cars that rolled through Hollywood on Thursday for the 10-4 public safety parade. Saraf, a 70-year-old retired Pasadena police detective spent $35,000 restoring the old pursuit vehicle.
September 17, 2012 |
Back in the early 1990s, when the Los Angeles Police Department was the source of much fear and brutality, about 1% of its arrests involved the use of some force, from a firm grip to a gunshot. Over the last two years, during a period when the LAPD has been justifiably lauded as a restrained and professional agency, about 1% of arrests involved the use of force. That remarkable constancy is true despite wide fluctuations in the number of people taken into custody - the department arrested almost 300,000 people in 1990, twice as many as last year - and reflects two aspects of the interaction between police and the public: Most officers do their jobs with good intentions, and most suspects know better than to resist.
September 14, 2012 |
On Thursday, the Twitter feed of @BookaliciousPam was full of the normal posts: plans to attend an upcoming writers' conference, which galley service she preferred, enthusiasm for good books. Then she wrote that she had just been the victim of attempted carjacking. But it wasn't a carjacking; it was an attack by an author whose work she had rejected. Pam van Hylckama Vlieg began working as a literary agent for San Francisco's Larsen Pomada Literary Agency this summer. For years she's been blogging about romance as Bookalicious and running a separate kids' literature blog . She's one of those people who has been comfortable living online, using Twitter, Facebook, and the check-in app Foursquare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2012 |
Facing public concern over three videotaped incidents in which police used serious force to subdue people, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to host a series of community meetings to discuss with the public why officers use force and how the department investigates such encounters. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck ordered meetings held by the department's 21 stations throughout the city, Lt. Andrew Neiman said. The dates of the meetings have not yet been set, Neiman said, adding that he expected them to occur in the near future "because it is such a hot topic right now. " The meetings will give the public an opportunity to ask questions about the three incidents that reignited old concerns about Los Angeles officers using excessive force.
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August 31, 2012 |
At least five Los Angeles police officers are under investigation in the death of a woman who stopped breathing during a struggle that included an officer stomping on her genital area and the use of additional force by others to take her into custody, police officials confirmed Thursday. The altercation in front of her South Los Angeles apartment was captured by a patrol car's video camera. When asked by The Times about the incident, LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green confirmed that one officer, while trying to get Alesia Thomas into the back of a patrol car, threatened to kick Thomas in the genitals if she did not comply, and then followed through on her threat.
August 24, 2012 |
New details have emerged in the strange case of Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man Arkansas police say committed suicide by shooting himself in the head while handcuffed in a police car. But along with those details come new questions and, from critics, increased skepticism. Carter's girlfriend told an investigator that Carter had called her from the car and said he had a gun. Investigators in Jonesboro, Ark., detailed the woman's account, without identifying her, in a four-page statement about Carter's July 28 death, which was ruled a suicide in an autopsy report released this week.
August 20, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Police in Jonesboro, Ark., have drawn scrutiny after a suspect handcuffed in a police car apparently managed to shoot himself in the head. Jonesboro police stopped Chavis Carter, 21, of Southaven, Miss., on July 28 while he was riding with several other people in Jonesboro, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. Carter was held on an outstanding warrant, frisked, found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, placed in a patrol car and handcuffed, according to police reports . A short time later, officers noticed Carter slumped in the backseat of the cruiser, covered in blood, according to an autopsy report released Monday . The report found Carter had managed to conceal a handgun, which he used to shoot himself in the right side of the head.