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March 1, 2008 | Helene Elliott
A team of 30 SWAT officers will run a torch relay during Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon in tribute to Randal Simmons, the SWAT officer killed Feb. 7 in a shootout in Winnetka. Simmons' 15-year-old son, Matt, will run the final 1.2 miles with the officers. They hope to raise money to fund Matt's education and that of his 12-year-old sister, Gabrielle, who will stand at the finish line with Simmons' widow, Lisa.
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May 21, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Seventeen Los Angeles police officers, including those involved in a 2008 hostage rescue attempt in which a SWAT officer was killed, received the department's highest honor for bravery in the line of duty Thursday. The Medal of Valor is bestowed on a handful of the LAPD's nearly 10,000 officers each year for "bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service." At a luncheon ceremony, Chief Charlie Beck spoke of the importance of recognizing such acts of bravery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2008 | AL MARTINEZ
In the volatile world of the street, cops haven't always been the good guys. They've been known to apply brute force as a form of justice in the shadowy confines of downtown alleys and to quell peaceful protests with swinging truncheons. We've seen them get away with videotaped crimes against civilians, and we've seen their militaristic units turn into undisciplined mobs.
SPORTS
March 1, 2008 | Helene Elliott
A team of 30 SWAT officers will run a torch relay during Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon in tribute to Randal Simmons, the SWAT officer killed Feb. 7 in a shootout in Winnetka. Simmons' 15-year-old son, Matt, will run the final 1.2 miles with the officers. They hope to raise money to fund Matt's education and that of his 12-year-old sister, Gabrielle, who will stand at the finish line with Simmons' widow, Lisa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Seventeen Los Angeles police officers, including those involved in a 2008 hostage rescue attempt in which a SWAT officer was killed, received the department's highest honor for bravery in the line of duty Thursday. The Medal of Valor is bestowed on a handful of the LAPD's nearly 10,000 officers each year for "bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service." At a luncheon ceremony, Chief Charlie Beck spoke of the importance of recognizing such acts of bravery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2008 | Jill Leovy and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Patrolling Watts one day years ago, Los Angeles Police Capt. James Craig spotted a van in the street with a crowd of children gathered around. The van's occupant looked familiar. It was his former partner, Officer Randal Simmons, a rising star, in plain clothes and off-duty, doing what few other cops would do: He was trolling the same neighborhoods where he usually made arrests, looking for children to mentor as part of a church ministry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 | Monte Morin
The mayor, the chief of police and several L.A. City Council members are backing a move to name the LAPD's new SWAT headquarters after officer Randal D. Simmons, who was shot and killed Feb. 7 by a barricaded gunman. Simmons was the city's first SWAT officer killed in the line of duty, and officials said it was fitting that the department's new SWAT headquarters be named the Randal D. Simmons Police Station. The facility, which is currently the LAPD's Rampart Station, is located at 2710 W. Temple St. The Rampart Station is moving to a new location.
OPINION
December 29, 2008
Re "Politics cited in school naming," Dec. 23 Naming a school after slain Officer Randal Simmons is a great tribute to a person who offered so much to Carson and to Los Angeles. To rescind the proposal, only to name the school after Cesar Chavez because the school is in a heavily Latino community, shows how narrow-minded politicians can be. We already have Cesar Chavez Boulevard in East Los Angeles, a Cesar Chavez holiday on March 30 and Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A burglary suspect who barricaded himself inside a house in Winnetka was arrested Saturday after SWAT team officers disabled him with tear gas and then stormed in, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The 11-hour standoff ended about 2:35 a.m. when police arrested Michael Krieger, 32. Police said he had been wanted in connection with a string of auto burglaries. Police said the incident began Friday afternoon in the 20600 block of Saticoy Street when Krieger spotted officers in the area and fled into the house.
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February 17, 2008 | Jeffrey L. Rabin
Several hundred bicyclists staged a 50-mile ride Saturday from the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park to the San Fernando Valley and back to pay tribute to slain SWAT Officer Randal Simmons. Los Angeles police and sheriff's deputies and officers from Culver City, Ventura County and Pasadena took part, as did riders from a number of cycling groups including AIDS/Life Cycle and the Midnight Ridazz, which advertised the event on their websites. A brief ceremony was held at the LAPD's West Valley Station in Reseda while flags flew at half staff in honor of Simmons, who was shot and killed Feb. 7 during a standoff with a San Fernando Valley gunman who had killed three members of his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2008 | AL MARTINEZ
In the volatile world of the street, cops haven't always been the good guys. They've been known to apply brute force as a form of justice in the shadowy confines of downtown alleys and to quell peaceful protests with swinging truncheons. We've seen them get away with videotaped crimes against civilians, and we've seen their militaristic units turn into undisciplined mobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2008 | Jill Leovy and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Patrolling Watts one day years ago, Los Angeles Police Capt. James Craig spotted a van in the street with a crowd of children gathered around. The van's occupant looked familiar. It was his former partner, Officer Randal Simmons, a rising star, in plain clothes and off-duty, doing what few other cops would do: He was trolling the same neighborhoods where he usually made arrests, looking for children to mentor as part of a church ministry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Several hundred police officers, San Fernando Valley residents and dignitaries gathered this morning at West Valley Park in Reseda to rename the children's play area in honor of slain SWAT Officer Randal D. Simmons, who was killed in the line of duty and has been hailed as hero for his police work and community service. Councilman Dennis Zine, who unveiled a plaque as the fallen officer's wife and children looked on, is behind a movement to rename the entire park in honor of Simmons, who was shot to death during a SWAT raid in February at a Winnetka house.
OPINION
February 16, 2008 | TIM RUTTEN
It's been a particularly grim and bloody month on one of the world's great killing fields -- the United States of America. On Friday, Los Angeles paused for the largest police funeral in its history when it buried Officer Randal Simmons, a 51-year-old father of two and the LAPD's first SWAT team member to die in the line of duty.
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