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LA Sheriff denies LA Times reporter subject of criminal probe

Villanueva backs off claims he ordered criminal probe of LA Times journalist after the LASD cover-up in abuse case is exposed

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LOS ANGELES – During a press conference on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva forcefully disputed allegations raised by a Los Angeles Times report that he ordered and orchestrated a cover-up of an incident where a deputy knelt on a handcuffed inmate’s head. The Sheriff noted that the reporter, who used leaked video and documents, was part of the LASD criminal investigation into the matter.

Reaction to Villanueva’s remarks was swift with the Times’ top editor condemning those comments accusing him of an illegal “attempt to criminalize news reporting.”

“Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s attack on Alene Tchekmedyian’s First Amendment rights for doing newsworthy reporting on a video that showed a deputy kneeling on a handcuffed inmate’s head is outrageous,” Executive Editor Kevin Merida said in a statement. “We will vigorously defend Tchekmedyian’s and the Los Angeles Times’ rights in any proceeding or investigation brought by authorities.”

Los Angeles NBC News affiliate KNBC 4 noted the Times’s general counsel sent a letter to the sheriff protesting the investigation. Hours later NBC4 reported that the sheriff backed off when he clarified in a series of tweets that his agency has “no interest in pursuing, nor are we pursuing, criminal charges against any reporters.”

“Resulting from the incredible frenzy of misinformation being circulated, I must clarify at no time today did I state an LA Times reporter was a suspect in a criminal investigation. We have no interest in pursuing, nor are we pursuing, criminal charges against any reporters,” the sheriff wrote adding;

“We will conduct a thorough investigation regarding the unlawful disclosure of evidence and documentation in an active criminal case.  The multiple active investigations stemming from this incident will be shared and monitored by an outside law enforcement entity.”

The he took aim at the Times writing: “What should be of interest is the fact the LA Times refuses to acknowledge their reporting, and the account of a disgruntled employee, were thoroughly debunked during today’s press conference.”

NBC4 reported the incident with the inmate occurred in a county courthouse on March 10, 2021 — two days after jury selection began for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder for pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck for up to 9 1/2 minutes.

A screenshot from a jailhouse surveillance video obtained by LAist shows a deputy identified as Douglas Johnson kneeling on the head of a man identified as Enzo Escalante.

The video shows Deputy Douglas Johnson directing inmate Enzo Escalante to move up against a wall in the courthouse. Escalante swings at Johnson and punches him repeatedly in the face. Three other deputies help Johnson wrestle Escalante to the ground and handcuff him.

The LA Times reported that Johnson had his knee on Escalante’s head for more than three minutes, even after the inmate had been handcuffed, placed face-down and did not appear to be resisting. Escalante — who was awaiting trial on murder and other charges — was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Johnson was removed from duty months later and is under criminal investigation, Villanueva said during Tuesday’s news conference. No charges have been filed against the deputy.

On Monday a 21 year veteran of the LASD, Commander Allen Castellano, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in which he claims that he immediately sent the video of the March 10, 2021 incident, which was obtained by media outlet the LAist, up the chain of command to Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon.

The suit says Limon watched the video with Villanueva and Undersheriff Tim Murakami on or about March 15 — many months before when the sheriff has previously said he viewed the incident. Castellano’s lawyer, Vincent Miller, said in an interview with LAist that Limon told Castellano she had watched the tape with the sheriff and undersheriff.

Villanueva, who oversees the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, is up for reelection and Castellano’s lawsuit claims the sheriff retaliated against Castellano the day after the investigation began by opening an internal affairs investigation into his handling of the initial administrative investigation into the video the LAist noted.

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Brandon Tsay; hero who disarmed Monterey Park shooter honored

The White House announced that President Joe Biden has invited Tsay to be his guest at the State of the Union Address on February 7

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ALHAMBRA, Calif. – The City of Alhambra honored Brandon Tsay, the hero who disarmed the Monterey Park shooting suspect, at a ceremony this past Sunday. Tsay, 26, was awarded a medal of courage from the Alhambra Police Department. 

The White House also announced that President Joe Biden has invited Tsay to be his guest at the State of the Union Address on February 7.

In a surveillance video, Tsay is seen struggling to take a weapon away from the deceased suspect, Huu Can Tran, in the lobby of his family’s dance studio, the Lai Lai Ballroom, in Alhambra eventually gaining control of the gun causing Tran to flee.

In an interview with ABC News anchor Robin Roberts in an interview last Monday on “Good Morning America,” Tsay told Roberts that the gunman was “looking around the room” as if he was “looking for targets — people to harm.”

“That’s when I turned around and saw that there was an Asian man holding a gun. My first thought was I was going to die here, this is it.”

“He started prepping the weapon and something came over me,” Tsay said. “I realized I needed to get the weapon away from him. I needed to take this weapon, disarm him or else everybody would have died.”

“When I got the courage, I lunged at him with both my hands, grabbed the weapon and we had a struggle,” he added. “We struggled into the lobby, trying to get this gun away from each other. He was hitting me across the face, bashing the back of my head.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Robbery-Homicide division is piecing together the facts as to why Tran killed 11 people and wounded nearly a dozen others others in the mass shooting at the Star Ballroom in Monterey Park before traveling to the Lai Lai Ballroom.

“The carnage would have been so much worse had it not been for Brandon Tsay,” California U.S. House Representative Judy Chu whose District includes Monterey Park said Sunday during the ceremony.

Rep. Chu also presented Tsay with a certificate of congressional recognition, calling his story “was so amazing” that she noted she had asked him to be her guest at the State of the Union address on Feb. 7. According to the congresswoman though, barely an hour after her request to him, the President called Tsay to personally invite him to be his guest.

According to the White House, the president in the call told Tsay: “I wanted to call to see how you’re doing and thank you for taking such incredible action in the face of danger. I don’t think you understand just how much you’ve done for so many people who are never going to even know you. But I want them to know more about you.

“You have my respect,” Biden added. “You are America, pal. You are who we are — no, no, you are who we are. America’s never backed down, we’ve always stepped up, because of people like you.”

There was also a highly visible law enforcement presence at Sunday’s event, held during the city’s own Lunar New Year Festival.

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What do you think about LASD budget priorities?

The deadline to submit comments for this survey is March 2, 2023. Learn about LASD’s Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget

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LOS ANGELES – The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission’s Budget Ad Hoc Committee is asking for public input on Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s (LASD) annual budget prioritization process for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.

All public safety priority recommendations and public comments will be reviewed by the Commission’s Budget Ad Hoc Committee, posted publicly, and shared with the full Commission, LASD, Chief Executive Office (CEO) and the Board of Supervisors throughout the budget prioritization process. The ultimate budget decisions rest with the Board of Supervisors.

Submit Your Comments.

The deadline to submit comments for this survey is March 2, 2023. Learn about LASD’s Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget with these additional resources:

Questions? Email [email protected] or call (213) 253-5678.

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Monterey Park grieves as investigators probe for a motive

As the community grieves the Langley Senior Center in Monterey Park has become a resource center for survivors and families of the victims

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – As Monterey Park police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators piece together the events of Saturday’s massacre at the Star Ballroom on the eve of the Lunar New Year, the majority-Asian community is in deep grief.

UPDATE from the Los Angeles Times Monday:

The death toll in the Lunar New Year mass shooting in Monterey Park rose to 11 Monday, after one person who was injured in the massacre died at the hospital.

The first 10 victims were all in their 50s, 60s or 70s, according to the L.A. County coroner. Only two – My Nhan, 65, and Lilan Li, 63 – have been identified by name. No age or name was immediately given for the latest victim.

A spokesperson for the LA County Sheriff’s Department told the Blade Monday that detectives are attempting to determine the motive that drove 72-year-old Huu Can Tran to kill 10 people and wound 10 others in the mass shooting at the Star Ballroom before traveling to the Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra. Tran was forcibly disarmed and fled in a White cargo van.

Tran was later found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot would hours later after a stand-off with LASD and local police tactical units in Torrance.

Law enforcement sources said that the investigation is focused on Tran’s prior interactions at two dance studios targeted and whether jealousy over a relationship was a possible motive stressing that the investigation is in its early stages. But detectives believe that Tran had frequented both clubs.

Speaking to reporters, Congresswoman Judy Chu who represents the area and is herself a former Mayor and City Councilmember of Monterey Park stated: “I still have questions in my mind, which is: What was the motive for this shooter? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he get these guns and was it through legal means or not?” 

Brandon Tsay, 26, who helps run the Lai Lai dance hall with his family, spoke to ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview Monday on “Good Morning America,” telling her he heard the front door click close behind him.

He told Roberts that the gunman was “looking around the room” as if he was “looking for targets — people to harm.”

“That’s when I turned around and saw that there was an Asian man holding a gun. My first thought was I was going to die here, this is it.”

“He started prepping the weapon and something came over me,” Tsay said. “I realized I needed to get the weapon away from him. I needed to take this weapon, disarm him or else everybody would have died.”

“When I got the courage, I lunged at him with both my hands, grabbed the weapon and we had a struggle,” he added. “We struggled into the lobby, trying to get this gun away from each other. He was hitting me across the face, bashing the back of my head.”

Tsay speaking with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America:”

As the community grieves the Langley Senior Center in Monterey Park has become a resource center for survivors and families of the victims. The American Red Cross, Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team and the Department of Mental Health are there to offer assistance. The center is located at 400 W Emerson Ave.

A GoFundMe has created a central page with all verified fundraising campaigns.

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Monterey Park shooter is deceased & identified, no motive known

Huu Can Tran, 72, was identified by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna as the suspect in the mass shooting

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MONTEREY PARK –Huu Can Tran, 72, was identified by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna as the suspect in the mass shooting at a ballroom dance studio late Saturday night that killed 10 people and wounded an additional ten persons.

Sheriff Luna confirmed that the suspect was discovered deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being confronted by Torrance Police and LA County Sheriff Department’s tactical teams Sunday morning in the parking lot of a shopping center off Hawthorne Blvd near Sepulveda Blvd in Torrance. He was driving a vehicle sought in the shootings, a White cargo van with stolen plates Luna noted.

The Sheriff also told reporters in the late Sunday evening press conference that police recovered a semi-automatic assault style handgun with an extra capacity magazine. Less than 20 minutes after the mass shooting in Monterey Park, bystanders wrestled a gun away from a man at a dance hall in Alhambra, Luna added.

Luna said that at this time the motive for the shooting has not been established he also indicated that the majority of the victims appeared to be older past the age of 50 although victims have not been identified as the investigation is ongoing.

The White House released a statement from President Biden late Sunday:

Jill and I are thinking of those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park. While there is still much we don’t know about the motive in this senseless attack, we do know that many families are grieving tonight, or praying that their loved one will recover from their wounds. 

Even as we continue searching for answers about this attack, we know how deeply this attack has impacted the AAPI community. Monterey Park is home to one of the largest AAPI communities in America, many of whom were celebrating the Lunar New Year along with loved ones and friends this weekend. 

Early this morning, I directed my Homeland Security Advisor to mobilize full federal support to local and state authorities as they continue to respond and investigate this shooting.  As we await more crucial information from law enforcement, I want to assure the community of Monterey Park and the broader area that we will support you in every way we can. 

The President also issued a honoring the victims:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 26, 2023.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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Police in stand-off with mass shooting suspect in Torrance ends

UPDATE: LASD deputies gained entrance to the white cargo van. The person inside was found deceased

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TORRANCE – Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene in a stand-off with the suspect in the mass-shooting at a Monterey Park ballroom at around 10:22pm Saturday night.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s tactical units have boxed in a late model white van in the parking lot of a shopping center off Hawthorne Blvd near Sepulveda Blvd in Torrance.

UPDATE: LASD deputies gained entrance to the white cargo van. The person inside was found deceased

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Though official confirmation has not yet been released, authorities believe the person inside the white cargo van is the person who killed 10 and wounded 10 others in Monterey Park, as well as possibly being the attacker who was disarmed in nearby Alhambra a few minutes after the initial attack.

That white van is currently boxed in by two SWAT vehicles, and a large police presence has established a wide perimeter around the van.

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President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting by his homeland security advisor, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. He directed the FBI to provide support to local authorities and keep him updated.

“Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park,” Biden tweeted. “I’m monitoring this situation closely as it develops, and urge the community to follow guidance from local officials and law enforcement in the hours ahead.”

Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a statement via Twitter:

“Monterey Park should have had a night of joyful celebration of the Lunar New Year,” Newsom said. “Instead, they were the victims of a horrific and heartless act of gun violence. Our hearts mourn as we learn more about the devastating acts of last night. We are monitoring the situation closely.”

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass extended her sympathies to the residents of Monterey Park also on Twitter:

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Mass shooting in Monterey Park kills 10- police search for gunman

The Sheriff said that because of ongoing investigation & search for the suspect he was limited in being able to provide some specific details

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MONTEREY PARK – A man walked into a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park on Saturday night and opened fire killing 10 people Los Angeles County Sheriff Department spokesperson Capt. Andrew Meyer told reporters.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna told reporters in a press conference outside of the Monterey Park Civic Center Sunday morning that his agency, in partnership with other regional law enforcement agencies and the FBI, are actively searching for the shooting suspect, an Asian male between the age range of 30 to 50.

According to the Sheriff, the victims were 5 females and 5 males. The mass shooting, one of California’s worst in recent memory, happened at around 10:22 p.m., sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Meyer told reporters Sunday morning. “When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons pouring out of the location, screaming. The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims,” Meyer said.

Monterey Park Police Chief Scott Wiese said that because his agency was wrapping up the Lunar New Year event from earlier in the day and because the location of the shooting was so close to the department his officers was able to respond immediately to the 911 reports of the incident.

Sheriff Luna said that because of ongoing investigation and the search for the suspect he was limited in being able to provide some specific details, the Sheriff also did not label the incident a hate crime but indicated all options are on the table. Monterey Park Police Chief Wiese told reporters that his investigators think that it was unrelated to the massive Lunar New Year celebration.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released a statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang in response to the mass shooting in Monterey Park on Lunar New Year’s Eve:

“My heart breaks for the victims of last night’s shooting in Monterey Park, their families and loved ones. A day of celebration for so many in our API communities, as we welcome the Lunar New Year, has become a day of mourning. Equality California stands ready with our partners to support those impacted, as we continue to combat hate and gun violence that fueled this horrific attack.”

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Sheila Kuehl honored with Hero Award

Kuehl will be honored on Jan. 18 during the Los Angeles Blade’s Best of LGBTQ LA Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 

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By Karen Ocamb | WEST HOLLYWOOD – “I haven’t been this happy since I was in my 20s,” says out former Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who will celebrate her 82nd birthday on Feb. 9. “The freedom of deciding or not deciding every day what you want to do without any weight on you, without any expectations on you, without any demands on you, is enormously freeing and really, really pleasant.”

After almost three decades as an elected leader and actively fighting for progressive issues, Kuehl’s final day in office representing the Third District was Nov. 22, 2022 — a day filled with celebration and grateful tears shed by colleagues and friends.

Now she’ll have time to write. The working title for her planned autobiography is “My Life As I Remember It: Probably a Novel.”

Much of that life has been in service of advancing LGBTQ rights, for which Kuehl is being honored by the Los Angeles Blade and the Ari Getty Foundation on Jan. 18 at 10 DTLA during the Blade’s Best of LGBTQ LA Readers’ Choice Awards 2023.

In an odd flash of fickle fate, Kuehl culminated her long legislative career in much the way as she began it — protected by bodyguards from threatening bullies. In 1994, the bullies were knuckle-dragging followers of Far Right rhetorical bombastic bomb-thrower Newt Gingrich. Today, the bullies are followers of Gingrich’s heir, Donald Trump, some of whom the Department of Justice considers domestic terrorists.

In Kuehl’s case, her primary bully was LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who LA Magazine dubbed “the Donald Trump of L.A. Law Enforcement.” Last Sept. 14, after two years of fiercely fighting Villanueva over alleged LASD wrongdoing, a slew of Sheriff’s deputies pounded on Kuehl’s door at 7:00am, served her with a search warrant in a corruption investigation, and escorted her outside barefoot to a face a throng of reporters and TV news cameras.

The raid was big news but backfired on Villanueva, who subsequently lost his bid for re-election. The LA Times reported succinctly: “A Times review of the case found it is based on the testimony of just one person, a former Metro employee named Jennifer Loew, who brought her bribery complaint to at least fourlaw enforcement agencies, but found a receptive audience only at the Sheriff’s Department. The Times found no evidence to support Loew’s allegation.”

1994 was also a year of living dangerously. Gingrich was elevated to the traditionally respected position of Speaker of the US House of Representatives and pledged to implement his anti-gay, lie-based Contract with America, civility be damned. Meanwhile Kuehl and her best friend Torie Osborn were watching a new LGBTQ movement grow and get stronger as thousands of LGBTQ people, AIDS activists, Queer Nationals and allies took over the streets in 1991 after California GOP Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed AB 101, the gay rights bill he had promised to sign.

“Thousands and thousands of us were on the street, as opposed to just being in the closet and hiding in a lot of shame,” says Kuehl. “I had not really thought about running. I was engaged in more of the Women’s Movement, especially domestic violence issues, sexual assault issues, trying to get any law in California to deal with domestic violence, which it didn’t have at the time. We founded the California Women’s Law Center.

“There was a lot going on in the ’70s and ’80s and there was a lot to push back against,” Kuehl continues. “There’s a difference between working towards something when there’s nothing there and working to gain something back — like the loss of Roe v Wade (the federal law permitting abortion). Our expectations grew, but there was nothing in place to protect us. I actually had not thought about running. But I had been up and back to Sacramento many times testifying on new domestic violence bills that I helped to draft before I was elected and I understood from sitting for so many hours at committee hearings that there was no silver bullet genius talent in these members, that they were just like me — and in some cases, less capable because they hadn’t been to law school. They didn’t really understand the issues.”

Then, on Jan. 17, 1994, two earthquakes happened at once – the Northridge earthquake and Kuehl’s decision to enter politics.

“There was broken glass and fallen pictures and glasses and everything all over my house. I picked up the LA Times and it says, ‘Terry’s not running,’” she recalls, referring to Assemblymember Terry Friedman. “I think, ‘Okay, this is my chance if I’m going to be one of those people sitting in those chairs and try to make a difference.’ I started exploring running, and frankly, I didn’t think at that moment about how historic it would be. I didn’t think about being the first gay person if I got through whatever. I felt more like a feminist progressive that needed to be there to add that voice to the table.”

Kuehl quickly discovered that she was making history. But her victory as the first gay person elected to the California State Legislature was fraught with danger, with so many death threats, then-Assembly Speaker Willie Brown ordered a bodyguard for her protection. “I had to wear a bulletproof vest the whole first year that I was in the legislature,” Kuehl told Spectrum News1.

But braving those threats and doing the work, then and now, is not the only reason Sheila Kuehl is an LGBTQ hero. She recognizes her place in the largely invisible long span of LGBTQ history.

“Just as people have said they’re standing on my shoulders,” Kuehl says, “I stood on a lot of shoulders, too.”

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Karen Ocamb is the former news editor of the Los Angeles Blade. She is an award-winning journalist who, upon graduating from Skidmore College, started her professional career at CBS News in New York.

Ocamb started in LGBTQ media in the late 1980s after more than 100 friends died from AIDS. She covered the spectrum of the LGBTQ movement for equality until June 2020, including pressing for LGBTQ data collection during the COVID pandemic.

Since leaving the LA Blade Ocamb joined Public Justice in March of 2021 to advocate for civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice issues.

She lives in West Hollywood, California with her two rescue dogs.

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LA County Sheriff’s deputy threatens to shoot unarmed rapper

The man involved is a Los Angeles-based rapper named Feezy Lebron, who was not arrested & instead got a ticket for a missing license plate

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LOS ANGELES – A New Year’s Eve incident involving South Los Angeles-based rapper Feezy LeBron and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol deputies recorded on a deputy-worn body cam was released Friday by the LASD.

The video has since gone viral, sparking public outrage and concern.

In the footage two deputies are recorded aggressively confronting the rapper and after he starts to ask questions about their reasoning for investigating him, the situation quickly escalates with one deputy threatening to shoot the unarmed LeBron while he was sitting inside his car in Gardena, in a parking lot of a strip shopping center.

KTLA reported:

“If you take off in this car, I’m going to shoot you,” says the deputy in the video. “I’m going to make it super easy on you. You put this car in drive, you’re getting one right to the chest.”

Lebron said he was using his cell phone while in his car at a parking lot on the 14900 block of Crenshaw Boulevard when two passing deputies approached him, asking him to exit his vehicle.

As the first deputy tries physically removing him from the driver’s seat, the second deputy says, “I’m just going to spray you. Get out or you’re getting sprayed,” while pointing a pepper spray can at the rapper.

Eventually, it escalates as the deputy points a handgun toward Lebron. As Lebron stays seated with both hands raised, he asks the deputy why he wanted to shoot him. 

Full body cam video of the Dec. 31, 2022, incident released by the LA County Sheriff’s Department

The rapper is told that if he doesn’t comply, he’ll be arrested and his car would be towed. He eventually steps out of the vehicle and is taken into custody.

“Unfortunately for you, you shouldn’t smoke so much weed in your car and then we wouldn’t have to search you,” the deputy says as Lebron is being handcuffed.

“I didn’t smoke no weed in my car, it’s not illegal,” Lebron replies. 

“Do you have anger issues?” the deputy asks as the patrol car doors close on the rapper.

The L.A. Sheriff’s Department released a statement on the incident:

“One deputy displayed pepper spray, then drew his firearm and used unprofessional language, which later resulted in a complaint filed by that community member. The Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into the deputies’ actions and language.”

After the incident, Lebron was not arrested and was instead given a ticket for a missing license plate.

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Texas man arrested for antisemitic hate crime in Beverly Hills

The initial investigation revealed he carved Nazi symbols into the base of the Menorah. He was charged with felony vandalism and a hate crime

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BEVERLY HILLS – Beverly Hills Police responded to a call Sunday evening of a reported suspect defacing a Menorah on private property in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Foothill Road.

Eric Brian King from Dallas, Texas, was taken into custody after surveillance video depicted him throwing objects at a Menorah. The initial investigation revealed that King carved Nazi symbols into the base of the Menorah. He was charged with felony vandalism and a hate crime.  BHPD Detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation, which may lead to additional charges.

“A despicable act such as this will never be tolerated in our City,” said Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook. 

Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County grew 23% from 641 to 786 in 2021. The number of reported hate crimes across the county has reached the highest total seen in 19 years, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

To view the complete report, including hate crime maps, graphs, and tables, as well as specific race/ethnicity data and examples, please visit https://hrc.lacounty.gov.

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Parks & Rec wraps Winter Wonderland for the year this weekend

Join Us for One Final Weekend Filled with Tons of Snow, Sled Rides, Toy Giveaways and a Visit from Santa Claus!

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LOS ANGELES – It’s Park Time, Los Angeles County! Parks After Dark returns this weekend for one final installment of this year’s Parks After Dark Winter Wonderland events that will bring holiday cheer along with 40 to 80 tons of snow to 34 L.A. County Parks in the month of December.

New this year to the Winter Wonderland experience is a Teen Zone where young adults can enjoy their own space to hang out with their friends, create and design art, listen to music, silkscreen holiday shirts and make their own personalized Santa hat!

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Also beginning this year, selected parks will double their fun with Mega Snow days, which will bring up to 80 tons of snow to Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park, Val Verde Park, Belvedere Park, El Cariso Park, Loma Alta Park, Ted Watkins Park, Roosevelt Park and Valleydale Park.

The L.A. County Parks Winter Wonderland is possible thanks to the generosity of Los Angeles Department of Social Services, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the L.A. County Probation Department.

“Parks After Dark brings family, friends, neighbors and community together in their local park,” County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Norma Edith García-González said. “The Winter Wonderland experience will provide youth and families a memorable snow day experience and much more to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. I am grateful to DPR Staff for all their work to bring 40 to 80 tons of snow to 34 parks this holiday season!”

Parks After Dark, launched in 2010, has proven to be a successful prevention and intervention program that provides multiple benefits to vulnerable communities, decreasing violence and crime, and increasing social cohesion and community well-being. In 2018, Parks After Dark was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association, which presented L.A. County Parks and Recreation with is Best in Innovation award.

For more information on Parks After Dark Winter Wonderland, visit https://parks.lacounty.gov/winterpad


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Locations, Dates, and Times for Parks After Dark
Winter Wonderland are listed below:

Friday, Dec. 16

  • Ruben F. Salazar Park – 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles (4-8 p.m.)
  • William Steinmetz Park – 1545 S, Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights – (4-8 p.m.)
  • Amigo Park – 5700 S. Juarez Ave., Whittier – (4-8 p.m.)
  • Amelia Mayberry Park – 13201 E. Meyer Rd., Whittier – (4-8 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 17

  • Stephen Sorenson Park – 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles (12-4 p.m.)
    (Mega Snow)
  • Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock – (4-8 p.m.)
  • Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st St., Compton (12-4 p.m.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Park – 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
    (Mega Snow)
  • Rimgrove Park – 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente – (12-4 p.m.)
  • Allen J. Martin Park – 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente – (4-8 p.m.)
  • Valleydale Park – 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa – (4-8 p.m.) (Mega Snow)
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