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LAPD Scandal Opens Window Into CA’s Secret Gang Database

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Brian Allen was on the CalGang database, though he is not a gang member. In 2017, he was driving with a friend when police pulled him over for expired tags. A year later, Allen received a letter informing him he’d been identified as a gang associate.

Brian Allen wasn’t surprised when he recently heard officers in the Los Angeles Police Department may have fabricated evidence to label people as gang members.

He believes it happened to him, landing him on CalGang, the state’s secretive database of criminal street syndicates and their suspected crews that is in the middle of a contentious reform process.

In June, after a two-year fight that ended in front of a Superior Court judge, the Los Angeles city attorney agreed to take Allen off the gang […]

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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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Cops Aren’t Scared of Coronavirus, They Are Used To Danger

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(TMZ) — The long arm of the law isn’t backing down from the highly-contagious coronavirus … and while cops are taking some precautions, they’re just used to facing danger at every turn.

Cops across the country are telling us the same thing … they’re not afraid to arrest and interact with suspects, break up fights or subdue people in the face of a deadly pandemic.

Our law enforcement sources in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Green Bay tell us their officers face much bigger dangers every day on the force — bullets, cars, staph infections, etc. — and most cops are under the age of 55, so they feel less at risk.

Sources tell TMZ … at the LAPD, COVID-19 is just another occupational hazard, and officers are being instructed to wear gloves and not touch their face. We’re told cops are still gonna get hands-on with suspects if they have to — they’re not just gonna let s*** hit the fan — and the virus won’t stop anyone from doing their job.

As we first reported … one woman’s already been arrested for allegedly threatening to cough on a cop and spread the virus.

Our sources tell us L.A. Sheriff’s Department deputies are using caution when responding to calls, and if they’re not sure how to handle a situation they’re being told to call a supervisor. We’re told LASD is picking and choosing battles, but if deputies need to get hands-on, they will … and they’re carrying special coronavirus kits.

Law enforcement sources tell us the NYPD has its officers wearing masks and gloves and exercising caution … but laws still gotta be enforced, and that’s what the NYPD is doing.

Our sources also tell us cops in Chicago are also being cautious, but they still have to answer calls and nothing’s changed on that front.

Ditto for police in Miami, though sources say cops might not respond to calls where a police report can be taken over the phone. Still, we’re told cops will still get in the mix when it’s necessary.

Law enforcement sources tell us police in Green Bay are educating themselves on the virus, and they want officers to have access to safety tools like wipes and gloves. In the meantime, cops are taking more reports over the phone and will respond to calls when needed.

Bottom line … coronavirus doesn’t mean this is the Wild Wild West.

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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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