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LA Police Failed to Investigate 4,000 Serious Child Abuse reports in 2018 and 2019

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LA police failed to investigate 4,000 serious child abuse reports in 2018 and 2019. Why?

LOS ANGELES (Daily News)– Noah Cuatro, 4, who was known to social workers died earlier this year under suspicious circumstances. His parents, Ursula Juarez and Jose Cuatro have been charged with murder and torture charges.



The first recorded sign of trouble in the brief life of Noah Cuatro came before he was even born. In August 2014, when his mother was nine months pregnant with Noah, she allegedly threw her baby sister in her crib, fracturing the 10-month-old’s skull in two places.

Shortly after Noah was born, workers with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services removed him and another young sibling from their turmoil-filled home. It would be the first of two stints in foster care.

He was returned home in 2014, but reentered care in August 2017 after county workers found his parents — Ursula Juarez and Jose Cuatro — had medically neglected the toddler. Eventually, in November 2018, the juvenile court ordered Noah returned home, over the objections of DCFS.

Social workers last saw Noah this year in late June. Two weeks later, on July 6, the 4-year-old Palmdale boy was dead. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested Noah’s parents on Sept. 26, and the District Attorney’s Office charged them with murder and torture four days later.


Law enforcement response

While DCFS social workers figured prominently in the life of Noah and others like him in high-profile abuse cases, his death also raises questions about what role law enforcement plays in protecting vulnerable children.

New data provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office shows just how disparate that response is across the county’s 46 law enforcement agencies. For Noah, who spent most of his short life in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, the number of cases of child abuse that are not investigated stands out.

Data from the district attorney shows that, from January 2018 to July 2019, the LAPD did not investigate nearly 4,000 allegations of serious child abuse fielded by its stations or generated through a countywide electronic cross-reporting system dubbed E-SCARS. In 2018, L.A. police did not investigate 10% of the 24,000-plus reports it received from the two sources, while the percentage climbed to 13% […]

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WeHo Sheriff Adjusting Patrols and Services for Coronavirus Reality

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West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Sign (Michael Dorausch/Flickr)

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The West Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will be adjusting their patrols as businesses close and residents shelter at home due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The station issued the following statement:

The COVID-19 virus, and the unprecedented statewide call for civilians to create social distance, has created a situation where many retail businesses in West Hollywood are closed. Based on concerns regarding the security of businesses in the City of West Hollywood, we have organized a plan for directed patrol of both high value commercial burglary targets and other retail establishments within the City. These directed patrols will be 24/7 until further notice.

We have identified several areas of the City that have a high density of commercial businesses that are more commonly subjected to burglaries. Our crime analyst and historical crime data supports this conclusion. These directed patrol units sole responsibility will be monitoring their assigned areas of the City.

We will also have dedicated directed patrol units responsible for monitoring our grocery stores and other vital resources. They will also include residential patrolling, as well. These added security enhancements will not affect the station’s normal patrol deployment.

The Sheriff would like to assure the community that police services are continuing.

The Station is fully staffed and as always, will respond to priority and emergent calls for service. In an abundance of caution and in an effort to prevent the unnecessary exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station began taking non-emergent, property crime reports over the phone on March 12.

The station lobby is open to the public; however, for non-emergent services, those in need are encouraged to please call the Station business line at (310) 855-8850 ahead of time, and to use services available on LASD.org.

For emergency calls, please dial 9-1-1. Certain police reports can be made online at the station website, WeHoSheriff.

This system allows you to file a specific type of crime or incident report through this website. Once your report is reviewed and accepted, you will be emailed a free copy of the approved report for your records. You can report the following incidents:

– Lost or stolen cell phones valued $950 or less
– Lost or stolen property valued $950 or less
– Vandalism, excluding graffiti, where damage is valued under $400
– Theft from an unlocked vehicle valued $950 or less
– Theft from an open or unsecured area valued $950 or less
– Supplemental Loss Form (Must already have a LASD report number)

As the City continues to adapt to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 virus, deputies have been provided emergency response protocols to assist with community members who may be infected. Safety equipment measures for personnel have also been implemented. Stores and businesses are being monitored frequently where food, health and emergency resources can be obtained.

The Sheriff’s Department is working closely with Public Health and Emergency professionals such as the County Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), The County Department of Public Health (CDP), The Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources (DHR), and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through our LASD Department Operations Center (DOC) which is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-855-8850

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Feds Wiretap Former DEA Supervisor in Leak Probe

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photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

By Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian

MIAMI (AP) — Federal investigators took the unusual step of wiretapping a retired supervisor in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami office as part of an inquiry into whether sensitive case information was leaked to attorneys for suspected drug traffickers in Colombia, current and former law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The inquiry comes amid a string of DEA scandals and has sent a chill through South Florida’s close-knit, fiercely competitive narco-defense circles because of former supervisor Manny Recio’s strong ties to federal law enforcement and private-sector lawyers.

The FBI wiretapped Recio for at least three months last year while he worked in his post-retirement job as a private investigator for […]

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Police Body Cam Shows Fatal Shooting of ‘ER’ Actress Vanessa Marquez

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Police Body Cam Shows Fatal Shooting of 'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez

PASADENA (TMZ) — Cops repeatedly warned “ER” actress Vanessa Marquez to put down a gun before they opened fire — and the incredibly tense scene plays out in this bodycam footage police just released.

In the video, from August 2018, cops entered Vanessa’s South Pasadena home to do a welfare check. She was laying in bed, and said she had just suffered a seizure … but was refusing to go to a hospital.

A mental health clinician spoke to her for about 30 minutes, and then cops told Vanessa they were placing her on a 5150 psychiatric hold because she was a danger to herself and others. Vanessa refused to cooperate, and pulled out a pair of scissors and a gun … prompting officers to draw their weapons while retreating from her room.

As the cops barked orders for her to drop the gun, Vanessa yelled back, “Kill me.” Moments later, she walks downstairs with the gun pointing in the cops’ direction and that’s when they fired 12 shots. Cops recovered her weapon … which turned out to be a replica.

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