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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Robert Stewart, one of the first Black men to join the LAPD, has been ceremoniously reinstated after being unjustly fired in 1900. (credit: City Of Los Angeles) Stewart joined the LAPD in 1889 and served honorably, but lost his job in 1900 after being charged, tried, then acquitted of assaulting a 15-year-old girl. But even though he was ultimately found not guilty, the LAPD refused to rehire him. READ MORE: Lady Gagas Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen He spent the rest of his life as a laborer and janitor before he died in 1931. This week, the Los Angeles Police Commission reinstated Stewart, who was also honored by the Los Angeles City Council, who adjourned its Wednesday meeting in his honor. “The LAPD is taking steps to correct the record, and the record that should be desperately corrected,” Los Angeles Councilman Mark...
    Undoing a 120-year-old injustice, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to posthumously reinstate and retire with honor one of the LAPD’s first Black officers, who they say was pushed out of the department in 1900 based on false allegations against him. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1850, Robert William Stewart later made his way to Los Angeles and was one of the first two Black policemen to make it onto the LAPD force, which he joined in 1889, said Fred Booker, a special assistant to LAPD Chief Michel Moore. Records from the time showed Stewart had an “exemplary career,” Booker told commissioners. But in 1900, he was terminated after being falsely accused of assaulting a teenager while on patrol, Booker said. The commission at the time approved Stewart’s firing without waiting for his trial, and “though he was ultimately acquitted of all charges, the same...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore is reporting an alarming surge in violent crime in South Los Angeles, reflecting a recent trend of crime increasing across the city.The South L.A. area saw 59 shooting victims in the first two weeks of 2021, compared to seven in that time last year, the chief said. He tweeted: "Officers have made 105 arrests of individuals with firearms. 130 firearms taken from street. Gang intervention trying, but we need our community and elected officials."On Tuesday, City Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a motion to direct the Los Angeles Police Department to provide an overview of the department's plan to address an increase in violent crime amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In November, the department announced that 300 homicides occurred in Los Angeles in 2020 for the first time since 2009. On Tuesday, Moore said the city has experienced double the number of homicides...
    A Hollywood man faces up to a year in prison after accidentally slamming his drone slammed into an LAPD helicopter, forcing it to make an emergency landing last year. Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft and his conviction is believed to be the first in the nation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Cops responding to a burglary call at a pharmacy in Hollywood requested air support on September 18, according to the complaint filed in United States District Court.  Hernandez heard police sirens near his home and the helicopter overhead. Curious about the police activity, he flew his drone 'to see what was going on,' according to court documents. Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, has pleaded guilty to unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft His conviction is believed to be the first in the nation and he's set...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man in Van Nuys early Wednesday morning. Jan. 13, 2021. (CBSLA) Gunshots were reported at around 2 a.m. in the area of Peach Avenue and Hart Street, according to Los Angeles police. Officers arrived on scene to find a man with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene, police said. His name was not released. The circumstances of the killing were unclear. Footage from the scene appeared to show a minivan which had driven into a fence. No suspects have been arrested and no motive has been identified. It’s unclear if the shooting is gang-related. Murders have been on the rise in L.A. On Tuesday, the LAPD reported that there were 19 homicides in the first twelve days of 2021. That’s up from nine in the first 12 days of 2020. “Shooting violence has continued at a velocity...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The city of Los Angeles has experienced more than twice the number of homicides during the first 12 days of 2021 than it saw in the same period of 2020, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday. Moore said there had been 19 homicides in 2021, including a teenage boy killed in the San Fernando Valley Monday night and three men killed in South Los Angeles within six hours of each other on Sunday. During the first 12 days of 2020, there were nine homicides. “Shooting violence has continued at a velocity that does need a great deal of concern,” Moore said during Tuesday’s Los Angeles Police Commission meeting. “Of the 19 homicides, 12 we know, right now, we believe are involved in gangs or are gang-related in one fashion or another.” Moore said he spoke with gang intervention specialists working in the South Los Angeles and Hollenbeck...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As first responders are getting the first doses of the vaccine, some within the LAPD and L.A. City Fire ranks are hesitant to get vaccinated.LAPD Chief Michel Moore recently announced the results of a survey that included more than 9,000 members of his department. The survey results indicate that more than 60% of the department want to get vaccinated - which means a large number are hesitant.WATCH: What are the side effects of the COVID vaccine? See our FAQEMBED More News Videos We spoke with an infectious disease specialist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center to answer some frequently asked questions related to the vaccine. "We're beginning an information campaign now to talk about the safety of this vaccine, its desirability, the seriousness of this virus and its mortality potential it has not on just ourselves but our families," the chief said, noting that 20% of those...
    The Los Angeles City Council made its first move Tuesday toward eliminating hundreds of jobs at the Police Department and other city agencies, while stopping short of a more sweeping plan that would have targeted nearly 1,900 workers. Facing a projected $675-million deficit, council members agreed to seek new employee furloughs, drain much of the city’s reserve and borrow $150 million to cover the cost of ongoing operations. But they scaled back the portion of the budget-balancing plan devoted to job cuts, identifying 843 positions — three-fourths of them at the LAPD — for possible elimination if other cost savings cannot be found. The package of budget-balancing measures, which passed on a 13-2 vote, decreased the number of positions targeted at the LAPD from 1,679 to 628 — 355 officers and 273 civilians. Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee voted against the proposals, saying they do not want any LAPD...
    Thousands of unaccompanied minors arrive at US-Mexico border as Border Patrol grapples with COVID deaths Tennessee convict who testified in Bobo case arrested again The Los Angeles Police Departments barely used BMW i3 EVs keep flying off of used-car lots © Danny Moloshok/Newscast US Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and and LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, left, arrive to a press conference in one of the Los Angeles Police Department's newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 all-electric BMW i3 vehicles in Los Angeles, California, on June 8, 2016. Danny Moloshok/Newscast US More BMW i3s from the LAPD's barely used fleet were for sale at New Century BMW in Alhambra, California recently. The last set of 28 cars was up for sale in September, and sold out in four days. The cars all had less than 10,000 miles and were being sold for $19,000. This was more than what...
    A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant died Sunday of COVID-19 complications. Sgt. Fred Cueto was on the force for 22 years, the department said. “He was known for always having a smile & being a consummate professional,” the LAPD said Sunday evening on Twitter. As cases surge across L.A. County, the agency has seen an increase in recent weeks in the number of officers and civilian personnel testing positive for the coronavirus, Chief Michel Moore said at the Nov. 24 Police Commission meeting. As of late November, 790 officers and civilian personnel had tested positive, and of that, 162 employees were at home either quarantining or recovering from COVID-19. LAPD lost its first employee to COVID-19 in early July when Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo died from complications of the disease. Officer Valentin Martinez, 45, died a few weeks later. The first sworn LAPD officer to die from...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police announced 300 homicides have occurred in the city so far this year, a figure not seen in more than a decade.The last time there were that many reported homicides in a year was in 2009."A number we have not seen in over a decade-300 homicides in a year. Senseless violence & tragic loss of life," LAPD tweeted Sunday afternoon. "Our people are doing everything they can to stop the violence, but we need your help."LAPD says anyone with information about a case can submit a tip and remain anonymous at lacrimestoppers.org. In some cases, cash rewards are given out.It was recently revealed LAPD would disband several units due to the city's fiscal emergency. Among those set to be cut include units focused on sexual assaults, animal cruelty and homeless outreach.
    A Hollywood man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly operating a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and forced an emergency landing two months ago. FBI special agents took Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, into custody on Thursday a complaint charging him with one count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft, a statement said. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison.   Andrew Hernandez, 22 (right), has been charged in federal court with unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft after his drone crashed into an LAPD helicopter in September  The complaint states that police officers responding to a burglary call at a Hollywood pharmacy after midnight on September 18 requested air support. The police helicopter was approaching the pharmacy when the pilot saw the drone and unsuccessfully attempted to evade it.  The helicopter’s nose, antenna and bottom cowlings...
    Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore predicted Tuesday that the city will see more than 300 homicides this year — a grisly milestone not reached in L.A. in more than a decade. Moore said there had been 266 homicides in the city as of Saturday, representing a nearly 25% increase over the same period last year and surpassing the total number of homicides in all of 2019, when there were 253 killings in the city, and 2018, when there were 260 total killings. Speaking during a virtual meeting of the Police Commission, Moore called the pace of violence in 2020 a “terrible loss” and an “erosion” of progress that had been made reducing gun violence in the city in recent years. The last time the city broke 300 homicides was in 2009, when there were 312 killings in the city. In previous decades, the city saw significantly more killings....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Several dozen people vandalized windows downtown and tore down metal barriers outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters as officers in riot gear stood guard during a protest Monday night.The group gathered in front of LAPD headquarters near Main and First streets about 9:40 p.m., but it was unclear what they were protesting. Information on what group might have organized the gathering was also not immediately available.Officers stood watch behind metal barriers as the individuals, some carrying umbrellas, tore down some of those barriers along Spring Street, between First and Second streets, before moving on.Video showed at least one person breaking a glass window of a storefront. An advertising light box was also shattered, and an ATM machine was smashed.Other footage from the scene showed multiple people with their faces covered burning an American flag near police headquarters and using what appeared to be metal pipes to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A funeral service was held Thursday morning for the veteran LAPD officer who passed away last month due to complications from COVID-19.The funeral for 45-year-old Valentin Martinez was held at Forest Lawn Memorial park in the Hollywood Hills, where his body was escorted last week in a flag-draped casket. Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those in attendance.Officer Martinez was a 13-year veteran of the force. He worked patrol with the Mission division in the San Fernando Valley.EMBED More News Videos The flag-draped coffin carrying the body of a veteran LAPD officer who died last week from COVID-19 was escorted Tuesday to his final resting place at Forest Lawn cemetery. He was the Los Angeles Police Department's LAPD's first sworn officer and second employee overall to die from COVID-19. The department has had more than 450 employees test positive for the virus.Martinez is survived by his domestic...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for the veteran LAPD officer who passed away last month due to complications from COVID-19.The funeral for 45-year-old Valentin Martinez will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial park in the Hollywood Hills, where his body was escorted last week in a flag-draped casket.Officer Martinez was a 13-year veteran of the force. He worked patrol with the Mission division in the San Fernando Valley.EMBED More News Videos The flag-draped coffin carrying the body of a veteran LAPD officer who died last week from COVID-19 was escorted Tuesday to his final resting place at Forest Lawn cemetery. He was the Los Angeles Police Department's LAPD's first sworn officer and second employee overall to die from COVID-19. The department has had more than 450 employees test positive for the virus.RELATED: LAPD senior detention officer dies from COVID, marking the agency's first coronavirus-related...
    (CNN)At least one of the people attending a party at a bar in Los Angeles on Friday night -- without wearing masks or adhering to social distancing -- is a Los Angeles police officer. The gathering sparked an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and the LAPD said the department is now attempting to identify LAPD employees, who may have been in attendance.The LAPD officer, who a source identified to CNN as a current officer in the LAPD's southwest division, spoke to CNN on the night of the party. The officer defended the gathering Friday night saying, "Everybody is either family or works at the same place so that's why we don't have Covid concerns. They micro-group or whatever with each other and everyone's been tested and everything. That's why we all know that everyone in there is cool." "If you're so concerned, why don't you call...
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is stepping up efforts to educate people about the importance of wearing a face covering.Officers handed out masks in Hollywood on Sunday.Residents, tourists, and even people driving along Hollywood Boulevard all expressed their appreciation."We're going to promote healthy living, healthy lifestyle, notify people, advise them of the reasons why to wear a mask, explain why it's going to be helpful, to help prevent spread of the disease," said Officer Eric Hale.The officers handed out about 300 masks, reminding everyone to take all of the precautions recommended by the CDC.Who will be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?EMBED More News Videos Early-stage testing showed the first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people's immune systems the way scientists had hoped.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The body of a veteran LAPD officer who died last week from COVID-19 has arrived at his final resting place.The flag-draped casket, carrying the body of 45-year-old Valentin Martinez was taken from Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica to Forest Lawn Memorial park in the Hollywood Hills.The van was flanked by fellow first responders along the 23-mile route, as they paid their respects.Officer Martinez was a 13-year veteran of the force. He worked patrol with the Mission division in the San Fernando Valley.EMBED More News Videos A sworn police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department has passed away from complications due to COVID-19, marking the agency's second coronavirus-related death, officials confirmed Friday. He was the Los Angeles Police Department's LAPD's first sworn officer and second employee overall to die from COVID-19. The department has had more than 450 employees test positive for the virus.LAPD senior...
    A sworn officer with the Los Angeles Police Department died of coronavirus complications on Friday, leaving behind his partner who is 20 weeks pregnant with twins. Officer Valentin 'Val' Martinez, 45, has become the first sworn LAPD officer to die of COVID-19, and the second coronavirus-related officer death in the department.  Martinez was a 13-year veteran who worked as a patrol officer in the Mission Division in San Fernando Valley.  'Today we lost one of our own, Officer Valentin "Val" Martinez #38701 to COVID-19.' wrote the Mission Station on Twitter. 'We are deeply sadden by this horrible news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all his loved ones. Thank you for your 13 years of service. Rest Easy Brother.' The Mission Division erected a small memorial for Martinez in their department building with candles, flower bouquets and a photo of him.  LAPD Officer Valentin 'Val'...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department has died of coronavirus. An official confirmed the death to CBSLA Friday. It marks the first sworn LAPD officer to die of COVID-19, and the second department employee, police said. He was later identified as 45-year-old Officer Valentin Martinez. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said he was assigned to the department’s Mission Station. Today we lost Officer Valentin Martinez, who tragically fell to COVID-19. He worked as a patrol officer within @LAPDMission, dedicating his life to the people of LA. To his partner Megan, his mother, and siblings—our deepest condolences. Ofcr Martinez, May God welcome you home. pic.twitter.com/rHObUO2lkz — Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) July 24, 2020 The LAPD said he is survived by his domestic partner, who is 20 weeks pregnant with twins, his mother and siblings. Prayers to our fallen hero. Rest easy Val #GodSpeed pic.twitter.com/W7KqOtsCsK —...
    A Los Angeles police officer died from complications of coronavirus on Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department told Fox News. A department spokesperson declined to provide the officer's name or title. The COVID-19 death marks the first of a sworn officer in the police force and the second department employee. Earlier this month, LAPD senior detention officer Erica McAdoo, 39, died from the illness. As of Thursday, 449 LAPD employees have contracted the virus, including 333 sworn officers. Of those, 270 have returned to work. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The agency has seen a spike in coronavirus cases among its ranks that was partially attributed to interactions between officers and protesters following the death of George Floyd, Police Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times. “This was a 21 percent increase and is about twice the rate of our historic rate of change over the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A second Los Angeles Police Department employee has died from the coronavirus, the agency confirmed.The name and title of the employee was not disclosed as of late Friday morning.Reports that the deceased individual was a sworn LAPD officer who contracted the virus while on duty were not immediately confirmed.The tragic news comes nearly three weeks after the LAPD confirmed the death of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo.DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.LAPD senior detention officer dies from COVID, marking the agency's first coronavirus-related deathEMBED More News Videos A Los Angeles Police Department senior detention officer has died from the coronavirus, officials said, marking the first COVID-19-related death of an LAPD employee.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California is honoring a senior detention officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, the agency's first employee to die from COVID-19.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state Capitol flags will fly at half-staff in remembrance of Erica McAdoo, who was assigned to the agency's Custody Services Division.The 39-year-old "lost her valiant battle with coronavirus" late Friday evening, the LAPD said in a statement. She is believed to be the first LAPD officer to die after contracting COVID-19."Jennifer and I were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, who lost her courageous fight with COVID-19,'' Newsom said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and her LAPD colleagues as they mourn her untimely passing."McAdoo is survived by her mother, Donna Royston.LAPD officials said there were 287 department employees who are currently at home after having been exposed to...
    The Los Angeles Police Department lost its first employee to COVID-19, department officials announced on Saturday. Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo died from complications of the disease on Friday night, according to a tweet from the department’s official account. Another 287 LAPD employees are currently quarantined at home after having been exposed to the novel coronavirus, according to the tweet. A department spokesman declined to say how old McAdoo was or whether she had any of the underlying health conditions that are usually present in cases that turn fatal. COVID-19 cases among department employees spiked dramatically in late June, leading Chief Michel Moore to attribute at least some of the increase at the time to the “challenging conditions” officers faced during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Interviewed by The Times, some protesters who were arrested and spent prolonged periods interacting with police complained that many...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles Police Department officer has died from the coronavirus, officials announced Saturday, marking the first COVID-19-related death of an LAPD employee."It is with extreme sadness, the Los Angeles Police Department is reporting the tragic passing of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, from complications due to COVID-19," the LAPD said in a statement, adding that the officer "lost her valiant battle with coronavirus" late Friday evening.The LAPD said McAdoo is survived "by her loving family.""Please keep them in your prayers," the news release said, "along with the 287 department employees who are currently at home after having been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19."DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles Police Department officer has died from the coronavirus, officials announced Saturday, marking the first COVID-19-related death of an LAPD employee."It is with extreme sadness, the Los Angeles Police Department is reporting the tragic passing of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, from complications due to COVID-19," the LAPD said in a statement, adding that the officer "lost her valiant battle with coronavirus" late Friday evening.The LAPD said McAdoo is survived "by her loving family.""Please keep them in your prayers," the news release said, "along with the 287 department employees who are currently at home after having been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19."DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.
    A Los Angeles Police Department officer has died from the coronavirus, officials announced Saturday, marking the first COVID-19-related death of an LAPD employee."It is with extreme sadness, the Los Angeles Police Department is reporting the tragic passing of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, from complications due to COVID-19," the LAPD said in a statement, adding that the officer "lost her valiant battle with coronavirus" late Friday evening.The LAPD said McAdoo is survived "by her loving family.""Please keep them in your prayers," the news release said, "along with the 287 department employees who are currently at home after having been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19."DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.
    A top Los Angeles City Council member announced that local lawmakers have approved the “first step” in a plan to replace police with unarmed first responders to handle nonviolent service calls Tuesday. “This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles,” Councilman Herb Wesson Jr. wrote on Twitter. In a series of tweets, he argued that the current state of the Los Angeles Police Department “is not working” and that a month of protests against police violence “made that crystal clear.” “We have a responsibility to listen to our people, and our people have spoken,” he wrote. Wesson, LA’s first black City Council president, and fellow council member Nury Martinez, the current council president, introduced the motion on June 16 amid calls to defund and reform police departments around the country, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. A special committee on police reform voted to move the...
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