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Police Officer: Social Media Post Mocking George Floyd Circulated within LAPD

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Activists called today for the firing of any Los Angeles Police Department employee who created or circulated a Valentine-themed social media post featuring an image of George Floyd that included the words "You take my breath away," while the police union, the Floyd family attorney and various city leaders decried the post. "The family of George Floyd is outraged and devastated," Project Islamic Hope director Najee Ali said at a news conference at the LAPD's Harbor station, where an officer had made a formal complaint about the post at the...

LAPD Launches Program For Mental Health Clinician To Respond To Some Calls

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Department has begun a program to dispatch a mental health response team, consisting of a sworn officer and a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinician, to certain mental health calls, Assistant Chief Horace Frank announced today. The program, which is led by the police department's Mental Evaluation Unit, launched on Monday, Frank told the Police Commission. The unit's Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team, consisting of a mental health clinician and sworn officer, will respond to mental health calls that meet specific...

Judge Enjoins District Attorney Gascón’s Key Reform Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A judge today ruled mostly in favor of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County in a petition brought against District Attorney George Gascón, saying he cannot order his prosecutors to ignore laws that the union says protect the public, including three-strike allegations and sentencing enhancements. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant heard arguments Feb. 2 on the union's motion for a preliminary injunction, then took the case under submission before granting it in large part Monday. The union hailed the judge's decision, saying it...

National Police Foundation To Review LAPD’s Response to George Floyd Protests

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The National Police Foundation will hold two listening sessions today to help independently assess the Los Angeles Police Department's response to the large demonstrations that followed last year's in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The sessions will be held at noon and 5 p.m. to get input from members of the public, business owners, and community leaders on interactions they had with officers during demonstrations between May 27 and June 7 of 2020. According to the foundation, the input will be used to "identify successes and...

Judge Mulls DA Union Request to Stop Top Prosecutor From Enforcing Directives

By Bill Hetherman, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors urged a judge today to issue a preliminary injunction stopping District Attorney George Gascón from enforcing directives eliminating three-strikes allegations and some sentencing enhancements, but a lawyer for the county's top prosecutor said that would thwart the will of voters who elected Gascón. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant did not immediately rule, saying he was taking the issues under submission and may have a decision by the end of the week....

Lawyers for LA District Attorney and LA Prosecutors Union Square Off over Gascón Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors urged a judge today to issue a preliminary injunction stopping District Attorney George Gascon from enforcing directives eliminating three- strikes allegations and some sentencing enhancements, but a lawyer for the county's top prosecutor said that would thwart the will of voters who elected Gascon. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant did not immediately rule, saying he was taking the issues under submission and may have a decision by the end of the week. However, he commented on the absolute nature of...