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Suspect Arrested in Killing of Woman at LA Furniture Store

Shawn Laval Smith allegedly stabbed 24-year-old woman to death at random

(Newser) - Update: Police say a man suspected of fatally stabbing a young woman in a Los Angeles furniture store last week is now in custody. The LAPD says 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Times . The arrest follows a manhunt and the offer...

Robbery in Progress, Cops Opted to Play Pokemon Go

Fired LAPD officers, caught playing on dashcam instead of responding to a call, lose appeal

(Newser) - A California judge has refused to reinstate two former Los Angeles police officers who chose to play Pokemon Go rather than respond to a robbery in progress. The officers, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, had ignored a commanding officer's request for backup during a robbery at the Crenshaw Mall...

LAPD Officer Who Shot, Killed Teen Girl Identified

Though the department hasn't formally IDed him

(Newser) - Update: The Los Angeles Police Department officer who fired on an assault suspect at a North Hollywood department store and accidentally killed a 14-year-old girl has been identified. Two sources tell the Los Angeles Times that William Dorsey Jones Jr., who is currently on paid leave, is the officer. Journalist...

LAPD Releases Video in Fatal Dressing Room Shooting

Suspect can be seen attacking people at Burlington store before cop opens fire

(Newser) - Police have released videos from the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl inside a North Hollywood department store last week. The edited video package posted online by the Los Angeles Police Department includes 911 calls, bodycam video, surveillance footage, and more. Valentina Orellana-Peralta was hiding in a dressing room with...

Woman Claims Armie Hammer Raped Her for Hours

Effie, now 24, says it happened in 2017

(Newser) - "I thought that he was going to kill me." So says a 24-year-old woman who claims actor Armie Hammer violently raped her for more than four hours in 2017. The woman identified as Effie spoke at a virtual news conference with attorney Gloria Allred on Thursday, the same...

LAPD Officer Wounded Inside Station
LAPD Officer
Wounded Inside Station

LAPD Officer Wounded Inside Station

Suspect in custody

(Newser) - A police officer was hurt in a shooting at a Los Angeles police station late Saturday, and a suspect is in custody, reports the AP . The Los Angeles Police Department said in a series of tweets that the shooting occurred at its Harbor Station. The officer was taken to a...

Young LAPD 'Top Shot' Under Scrutiny After Fatal Shooting

Officer Toni McBride, 23, has been sued by the family of Daniel Hernandez

(Newser) - Another fatal police shooting is getting attention, this one involving the Los Angeles Police Department. It happened on April 22, before the death of George Floyd, but it is now getting renewed interest from the Black Lives Matter movement—in part because of the officer's social media presence prior...

LAPD Funding Cut by $150M
LA Slashes Police Budget

LA Slashes Police Budget

Funds earmarked for LAPD overtime will be used for youth summer jobs program

(Newser) - City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America's reckoning over police brutality and racial...

Cop's Bodycam Was Reviewed at Random. Now, an Arrest

LAPD officer David Rojas is accused of fondling a corpse

(Newser) - An "extremely disturbing" allegation against an LAPD officer has now led to an arrest. Per the Los Angeles Times and CBS Los Angeles , David Rojas, 27, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with one felony count of having sexual contact with human remains without authority. The move comes...

More and More Cops Carrying Batman-Style Tether

BolaWrap designed to wrap up suspect's arms or legs

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are adopting a nonlethal device that would look right at home on Batman's belt. The hand-held BolaWrap 100 from Wrap Technologies dispenses an 8-foot-long barbed Kevlar cord designed to wrap up a person up to 25 feet away, similar to Batman's trusty tether...

LAPD: Bodycam Shows Cop's 'Disturbing' Interaction With Corpse

Officer being investigated for allegedly fondling a dead woman

(Newser) - A police officer with the LAPD is under investigation after footage from his bodycam led to what the police union calls an "extremely disturbing" allegation. Per officials who spoke to the Los Angeles Times , the officer and his partner turned up at a residential unit on an unspecified date...

He Got $1.27M Retirement Payout, Then Got Rehired

The 'Los Angeles Times' looks at the strange retirement of new LAPD Chief Michel Moore

(Newser) - Michel Moore retired as chief of operations for the Los Angeles Police Department in January, but just briefly: by March he was back in the role—after having collected a $1.27 million lump sum retirement payout from the city. Then, in June, he was named the new chief of...

LAPD Makes This Fatal Error for First Time in 13 Years

Officers fatally shot a woman who was being held by a man wielding a knife

(Newser) - Dramatic video released Tuesday shows Los Angeles officers fatally shooting a man and the woman he was holding with a knife to her throat, the first of two recent killings of hostages or bystanders as police tried to stop attackers. Officers opened fire outside a church after the man began...

Residents Boo LAPD's New Drone Program

Locals and privacy advocates not happy about yearlong test program

(Newser) - The LAPD is about to embark on a yearlong test program with a fleet of "small Unmanned Aerial Systems," aka drones—making it the country's largest police department to use them—and some residents aren't happy about it. The Los Angeles Times reports on Tuesday's...

The Snowbird Bandit: a Good Cop Who Broke Bad
The Snowbird Bandit:
a Good Cop Who Broke Bad
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The Snowbird Bandit: a Good Cop Who Broke Bad

A decorated LAPD detective became a bank robber in his 70s

(Newser) - “Seventy-one years of goodness and four months of idiot," Randy Adair says from the visiting room of a federal prison in California. The retired Los Angeles Police Department detective is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a string of bank robberies in 2015. Los Angeles Magazine takes an...

LAPD: Teen Cadets Led Police Chases in Stolen Cruisers

They also may have impersonated actual police officers

(Newser) - Three teens enrolled in the Los Angeles Police Department cadet program were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing three police vehicles, two stun guns, two radios, and a bulletproof vest, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to KTLA , officers noticed two cruisers missing around 5pm and found them driving together...

Alleged Killer's Mistake: He Spit on a Sidewalk

Geovanni Borjas accused of raping, killing 2 women in 2011

(Newser) - For more than five years, a killer has been on the loose in California. No longer, say police. Authorities in Los Angeles say they've arrested a man believed to have raped and killed two women, then dumped their bodies near freeways in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times . Michelle...

Kanye West Hospitalized After Call to LAPD

Sources say he's being treated for exhaustion

(Newser) - Kanye West was hospitalized for his own safety Monday after days of stranger-than-usual behavior and a call to the LAPD. Sources tell NBC Los Angeles that the rapper—who abruptly canceled his national tour —was taken to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after police responded to a medical...

Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Case Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of Det. Nadine Hernandez as a suicide

(Newser) - A Los Angeles Police Department detective investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose was found shot Tuesday in a Los Angeles area home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Det. Nadine Hernandez, 44, had been shot once in the chest and died at the hospital. Police say there are "...

Cop Helps Boy Get Home After Dad Dies on Vacation

Police officer traded his reward miles to get boy a flight

(Newser) - It should have been a dream father-son vacation. Instead, a 13-year-old Illinois boy was left stranded alone in California when his 37-year-old dad died unexpected Sunday, reports My News LA . Because the boy had missed his scheduled flight home amid the chaos and had no relatives in the area, officers...

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