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Suspect Detained in LA Homeless Stabbings

No charges filed yet after 3 assaults

(Newser) - Los Angeles police have detained a "person of interest" in the attacks on three homeless men , who were stabbed in the back while they slept, reports the LA Times . Courtney Anthony Robinson is the real name of "David Ben Keyes," the name signed to the "death... More »

Bite Mark Licks Female Cop in Rival's '86 Murder

DNA evidence returns to bite LAPD's Stephanie Lazarus

(Newser) - As an LAPD officer, Stephanie Lazarus knew how to cover her tracks after murdering the woman who married her ex-lover—but she didn't know DNA evidence would come back to bite her 26 years later. Saliva from a bite mark Lazarus left on her victim's arm yielded evidence... More »

Thieves Steal Trove of SWAT Team Guns

Los Angeles police left weapons at training site

(Newser) - The Los Angeles SWAT team has some serious egg on its face after thieves helped themselves to a cache of powerful guns the team left at a training site. While the building was seen as secure, it wasn't guarded, and thieves were able to cut through a series of... More »

Crime Down, But More Cops Dying

And no one seems to know why

(Newser) - Crime rates are falling all across the US—so why are more police officers dying? That’s “the million-dollar question, and we're all studying it and trying to figure it out,” the chief of the LAPD tells the Wall Street Journal . This year has seen 130 cops... More »

Joe Francis Turns Himself In to Cops

Sources say warrant was for false imprisonment

(Newser) - Joe Francis turned himself into police last night for … something. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times the Girls Gone Wild founder turned himself in to the LAPD on a misdemeanor warrant for false imprisonment, but no details were given. TMZ spoke with sources who say the story goes something... More »

LA Riot Erupts After Police Shooting

Man hurt as crowd protesting Guatemalan's death attacks police station

(Newser) - A broiling mob protesting the police shooting death of a Guatemalan immigrant in Los Angeles faced off last night against cops in riot gear who fired non-lethal foam projectiles at demonstrators. At least one man was injured as some 300 people set street fires and gathered outside a police station... More »

Deputy Who Busted Mel Sues Cops

Promotions denied officer who wouldn't hide Gibson's anti-Semitic rant

(Newser) - The deputy who busted Mel Gibson for drunk driving in 2006 says he's been passed over for promotions because he resisted a request to remove the actor's anti-Semitic remarks from his arrest report. James Mee, who is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, says he was ordered to remove... More »

LAPD Offers Kennedys Apology Over RFK Display

Bloody clothes offended some family

(Newser) - The LAPD has apologized to Robert F. Kennedy’s family for showing off the bloody clothing the late senator was wearing when he was shot. Members of the family had complained that they were offended by the exhibit, which was part of a much-publicized California Homicide Investigators Assn. Conference in... More »

Onion Field Killer Denied Parole

Cop-killer Gregory Powell, 76, refused release for 11th time

(Newser) - The cop-killer whose crime 47 years ago was made famous by the book and movie The Onion Field was denied parole for the 11th time yesterday. Gregory Powell—who kidnapped two LAPD officers and killed one in 1963—told the California panel he was a changed man and wanted to... More »

LiLo Involved in LA Hit-and-Run

Lindsay Lohan's driver becomes subject of assault probe

(Newser) - A car in which Lindsay Lohan was a passenger struck and injured a paparazzo early this morning outside a Los Angeles nightclub, then quickly left the scene, police say. The BMW "sped away at a high rate of speed and hit a paparazzi photographer causing an injury to his... More »

Two Cops Targeted in Rihanna Probe

LAPD officers sent home over potential photo link

(Newser) - A pair of LAPD officers have been put on paid leave as part of the department’s investigation into who leaked a picture of Rihanna’s battered face to TMZ, the Los Angeles Times reports. One, Rebecca Reyes, is a 9-year veteran of the force; the other, Blanca Lopez, is... More »

After LAPD Makeover, Bratton Steps Down as Chief

(Newser) - William Bratton surprised colleagues and the city of Los Angeles with news today that he's stepping down as police chief, the Times reports. In his 6 years, Bratton reduced crime dramatically and introduced institutional reforms. The 61-year-old will head a private security firm after he officially passes the baton in... More »

Jackson's Physician ID'd as Target of Investigation

(Newser) - Court records filed today identify Michael Jackson's personal physician as the target of a manslaughter investigation into the singer's death, the Los Angeles Times reports. The development isn't exactly a shocker, given that authorities executed a search warrant yesterday at an office and public storage unit owned by the physician,... More »

Federal Judge Ends Oversight of LAPD

(Newser) - A judge has ended eight years of federal oversight imposed on the LAPD after a massive corruption scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports. The judge said the police force had reformed substantially under a “consent decree” that saw tough independent audits and more thorough investigations into abuse allegations. "... More »

Jackson Doc Stonewalls on Dangerous Surgery Drug

(Newser) - The doctor with Michael Jackson the night he died is stonewalling questions about whether he provided the singer with the dangerous anesthesia Propofol, reports TMZ. The attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray has denied that the physician gave Jackson OxyContin or Demerol. But as for the Porpofol found in Jackson's home,... More »

Fans Beat Odds to Land Tickets

(Newser) - Michael Jackson fans began to celebrate tonight after beating the odds to win coveted tickets to Tuesday's memorial service at the Staples Center in LA. "I'm in shock that it has happened," said Deka Motanya, 27, of San Francisco. "It's surreal." More than 1.6 million... More »

No Evidence of Demerol Injection: LAPD

(Newser) - Authorities have seen no evidence that Michael Jackson was injected with the painkiller Demerol before his death, a detective tells the Los Angeles Times. The widely reported claims “are coming from outside the investigation,” he said today. Meanwhile, Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, has returned to the city... More »

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