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Cop Who Killed Teen in Dressing Room Won't Be Charged

Girl was shot when LAPD officer fired rifle at suspect

(Newser) - The California Attorney General has declined to file criminal charges against a Los Angeles police officer who fired a rifle at a suspect inside a clothing store in 2021, killing a 14-year-old girl in a dressing room . Officer William Dorsey Jones Jr. fired three times when police responded to a...

LAPD Honcho Accused of Stalking Officer With AirTag

Al Labrada, assistant chief in department, on leave after allegations of tracking officer with Apple AirTag

(Newser) - A top-level official with the LAPD who's been there for three decades is now on administrative leave after allegations of stalking a co-worker. Per the Los Angeles Times , Chief Michel Moore made the announcement about Al Labrada, one of his three assistant chiefs, during a Tuesday gathering of the...

LAPD Officer Arrested on Theft, Burglary Charges

16-year veteran of force allegedly stole woman's debit card, used it at store

(Newser) - A Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested Tuesday after officers recognized him as the person seen using a stolen debit card at a home improvement store. Edmond Babaians was booked on a felony warrant by the internal affairs unit, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 42-year-old works in the...

Black Filmmaker Reported Burglary, Got Tased: Lawsuit

Damien Smith alleges false arrest, violation of civil rights in lawsuit against LAPD

(Newser) - Actor-director Damien Smith was making a documentary about police brutality when he says he unwittingly became a victim. Smith says he returned to his Hollywood apartment in October 2021 to find a man walking out of his bedroom carrying his grandfather's watch and other belongings. As the man charged,...

Lawyer: LAPD Officer Was 'Beaten to Death' During Training

Houston Tipping died after exercise intended to simulate mob attack

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Police Department is being accused of using excessive force against one of its own officers during a training exercise last month, leading to the man's death. Shirley Huffman, mother of Houston Tipping, has filed a wrongful-death claim against the city, alleging assault and violations of her...

'People Should Not Drive Teslas Over My House'
'People Should 
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Teslas Over
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'People Should Not Drive Teslas Over My House'

Tesla police name TikTok star as person of interest in car stunt

(Newser) - Update: The LAPD may have their man. Police have named TikTok star Dominykas Zeglaitis as a "person of interest" in a Tesla stunt that resulted in what they consider to be a hit-and-run crash, reports USA Today . One big reason: Zeglaitis (@dominykas) has been claiming credit for the airborne...

Grey's Anatomy Driver Sues LAPD Over Gunpoint Stop

Ernest Simon Jr. alleges 'racial animus,' seeks $20M

(Newser) - A driver on the set of Grey's Anatomy was held at gunpoint for 20 minutes by Los Angeles police officers in a racially motivated incident exactly one year ago, according to a federal lawsuit demanding $20 million in damages and a jury trial. Disney employee Ernest Simon Jr. feared...

Lawsuit: Calif. Woman Held for 13 Days After Case of Mistaken Identity

Bethany Farber was stopped at LAX because she had same name as wanted woman

(Newser) - California woman Bethany Farber is suing the Los Angeles Police Department, saying they wrongfully detained her for 13 days—including three days after they allegedly realized they had the wrong Bethany Farber. The 30-year-old aesthetician says her nightmarish experience began in April last year, when she was detained at Los...

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...

George Holliday, Who Filmed King Beating, Dies of COVID

LA plumber never made much money from his Rodney King footage

(Newser) - Around 30 years ago, George Holliday woke up after midnight to a ruckus outside his bedroom window, grabbed his brand new video camera, and caught four Los Angeles Police officers beating Rodney King. The next day, curious what had happened, he called the police to find out what happened, learned...

Cops Kill Suspect After LA Shooting Rampage

Police say victims included Uber driver, newlywed

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Police Department says a suspect believed to have killed two people and injured a third in a drive-by shooting rampage was shot dead Tuesday morning after an hourslong chase. Police say the suspect, a man in his late 40s or early 50s, injured a driver near the...

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...

Police Go on 'Wild Ride' After Stolen Casket

James Juarez was taken into custody after Thursday chase in Los Angeles

(Newser) - It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse—with a body inside—then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway, the AP reports. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday...

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...

Cops Share Video of Possible Kidnapping

Doorbell camera records woman's screams from car

(Newser) - A doorbell camera may have captured a kidnapping in Los Angeles. At the very least, the Ring camera attached to a home in the Leimert Park neighborhood recorded a woman's screams as she was whisked away in a speeding car around 11:20pm Tuesday, reports People . "Help me,...

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