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Did Something 'Heinous' Occur at Rocker's Home?

LAPD says Simmons, family members are not suspects

(Newser) - Los Angeles police served a search warrant at the home of KISS rocker Gene Simmons yesterday, and while the details are sparse, the probe is being handled by the LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officers say "no one in the Simmons family is a suspect in... More »

Convicted Cop: 'Mother to Mother, I Apologize'

LAPD officer gets 3 years after assaulting woman who died

(Newser) - A Los Angeles cop was sentenced to three years in prison today after assaulting a woman during an arrest who later died. Mary O'Callaghan, 50, was seen on video jabbing at the throat of 35-year-old Alesia Thomas and striking her inside a patrol car before Thomas lost consciousness, reports... More »

Homeless Woman Faces Life Over Dropped Cop Baton

LA woman charged with assault at Skid Row shooting didn't swing or hit anyone

(Newser) - A homeless woman involved in the chaos surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man on LA's Skid Row has been in jail since the March incident, and yesterday Trishawn Cardessa Carey's bail was reduced from $1 million to $50,000 after a judge deemed it "way... More »

Report: Cops Spend $22K Getting Killer to Dinner

Rene 'Boxer' Enriquez was sole speaker at LA event

(Newser) - Well, this is awkward: The LAPD allegedly shuttled a convicted killer to a pricey downtown dinner to satisfy a group of elite business executives, the LA Times reports. According to an inspector general's report, police took Rene "Boxer" Enriquez—a former Mexican Mafia leader serving two life sentences... More »

Police: LAPD Cop Tried to Smuggle Man Across Border

Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, ordered to live with his parents, can't drink

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection officers thought there was something amiss about a white Nissan Juke when it tried to cross from Mexico to California Saturday night. Sure enough, after a secondary inspection involving an X-ray-like machine, officers popped the trunk of the car transporting LAPD officer Carlos Curiel Quezada... More »

'Disturbing' Video Captures LAPD Skid Row Shooting

Police say man tried to grab officer's gun

(Newser) - A homeless man was shot dead after a scuffle with police on the sidewalk in the "Skid Row" area of downtown Los Angeles yesterday, allegedly after trying to grab an officer's gun. Witnesses tell CBS that when officers responding to a report of a robbery arrived at the... More »

LAPD: 'Maniac' Shot After Wild Car Chase

Suspect seen carjacking woman, veering through oncoming cars

(Newser) - A suspect was shot several times and arrested last night after a car chase that was wild even by Los Angeles standards. Police say that after the armed man they describe as a "maniac" was spotted driving a suspected stolen car east of downtown, he sped through traffic, sometimes... More »

Why 'Underground' Cyclists Battle Overnight

LA's nocturnal pastime becomes serious sport

(Newser) - LA's underground cycling scene has grown from a nocturnal pastime into an organized, competitive sport—with a few bumps along the way, LA Weekly reports. It started in 2004 when a small group began cycling at night for pleasure. Within two years they were a monthly, 1,000-strong horde... More »

Suspects in Chase Drive Right to LAPD Headquarters

Whoops

(Newser) - It hasn't been a good week for drivers in LA leading police on high-speed chases. Early yesterday evening, one suspect led cops on a 100mph pursuit through the streets of Hollywood before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then three other suspects apparently wanted... More »

Autopsy: Black Man Shot in Back by LAPD

Family suing over Ezell Ford death

(Newser) - Demonstrators took to the streets of Los Angeles last night after autopsy results revealed that a 25-year-old black man killed by police in August had been shot in the back at close range. Ezell Ford was shot three times, according to the autopsy—in his right side, right arm, and... More »

LAPD to Get a Body Camera for Every Cop

City to buy 7K cameras, mayor says

(Newser) - Los Angeles has announced the country's biggest police body camera program so far, with plans to buy 7,000 cameras to record every LAPD officer's interaction with the public. The rollout will begin with 800 body cameras funded by $1.5 million in private donations, and Mayor Eric... More »

LAPD Recovers Swiped Ed Sullivan Statue

20-pound bronze still in good condition, cops say

(Newser) - Ed Sullivan will be back in front of an audience soon, but it won't be a big show. An 18-inch solid bronze statue of the legendary television variety show host was recovered by Los Angeles police yesterday, four days after it was stolen. The LAPD says the 20-pound statue... More »

Django Actress: Cops Cuffed Me for Kissing White BF

Daniele Watts says police thought she was prostitute

(Newser) - Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts says she was accosted, handcuffed, and detained by LAPD officers last week—all for kissing her white partner in a car. Watts, who played Coco in the Quentin Tarantino movie and has also appeared in Weeds and Partners, says she was handcuffed for "refusing... More »

Rioting Hockey Fans May Have Taken Out LAPD Drone

Videos appear to show the drone going down

(Newser) - As is traditional after a sports team snags a championship, LA Kings fans went a little crazy Friday night after the Kings won the Stanley Cup —and they may have destroyed an LAPD drone in the process. Business Insider notes that multiple videos online appear to show the incident... More »

Dad: I Saw Cops Kill My Son—on Live Television

LAPD shooting followed car chase

(Newser) - An 80-year-old in Los Angeles says he witnessed the police kill his son on TV news. On Dec. 15, east LA sheriff's deputies were following a silver Corvette for reckless driving and possible DUI, officials said. LAPD officers joined in before the car crashed into another vehicle and a... More »

LAPD Seat Belt Crackdown Targets ... LAPD

Half of cops in America don't buckle up

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new "buckle up" campaign—for the LAPD. Studies show that around half of police officers in America don't wear seat belts and though seat belt laws generally exclude law enforcement officers, traffic-related deaths are the leading cause of death of... More »

Leah Remini Files LAPD Report on Scientology Wife

The actress considers Shelly Miscavige a 'missing person'

(Newser) - Leah Remini's battle with Scientology ? Far from over. The King of Queens actress has filed a missing person report on church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, Us Weekly reports. "We can confirm that the missing person report has been taken and that's all the information... More »

LAPD Offers $100K Reward for Serial Rapist

Authorities say 'teardrop' attacker has assaulted 35 women

(Newser) - The LAPD is intensifying the hunt for the " teardrop rapist ," a man who has assaulted 35 women—some of whom remember a teardrop mark near his eye—between 1996 and 2012. The big thing is that the reward is now doubled to $100,000, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

2 LA Cops Shot Near Station

Ambush leaves detectives injured

(Newser) - Two LAPD detectives were hospitalized after being shot on their return to a police station early today; authorities are now searching for the gunman who ambushed the cops. Three people have been detained following the attack, which involved an exchange of shots. "When they swiped their key card" to... More »

Women Shot in Dorner Manhunt Get $4.2M Payout

Injured mother, daughter happy with settlement

(Newser) - Two women injured when the LAPD riddled their truck with 102 bullets during the Christopher Dorner manhunt will be receiving $2.1 million each from the department—as well as a new truck . Emma Hernandez, 71, was shot twice in the back while her daughter Margie Carranza, was injured by... More »

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