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    • 4 shot in South L.A. while setting up for barbecue, police say

      4 shot in South L.A. while setting up for barbecue, police say

      Four people who were setting up a barbecue in front of a South Los Angeles home were struck by gunfire Sunday morning, police said. Multiple gunmen approached a home near 84th Street and Towne Avenue and opened fire about 9:45 a.m., LAPD Sgt. Scott Blackman said. The four victims were taken to...

    • Fugitive arrested in Texas is charged with killing 15-year-old in South L.A. graffiti dispute

      A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy -- a killing triggered by the victim spraying graffiti in a rival gang's territory, authorities allege. Esteban Ceja was arrested in El Paso on March 20, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling. He was transported to California...

    • Prosecutors decline to charge LAPD sergeants in death of Omar Abrego

      Prosecutors decline to charge LAPD sergeants in death of Omar Abrego

      Prosecutors announced Thursday that they would not charge two Los Angeles police sergeants in connection with a violent arrest of a South L.A. man who died the next day. In a seven-page letter outlining the decision, the district attorney's office said it believed the two gang sergeants "used only...

    • Former USC tight end arrested in carjacking during probe of robberies

      Former USC tight end arrested in carjacking during probe of robberies

      Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon was arrested on suspicion of carjacking as part of an investigation into a series of robberies in Southern California, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. Dixon, who was dismissed from the football program after allegations of sexual misconduct in 2014, was booked...

    • Man sentenced to prison for Halloween killing of 5-year-old boy

      Man sentenced to prison for Halloween killing of 5-year-old boy

      A 24-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to more than 25 years in state prison for the Halloween killing of a 5-year-old boy who was dressed as Spider-Man, prosecutors said. Marcus Denson had previously pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder for...

    • 'Buy a lady an overpriced drink?' L.A. police say bar scam is widespread

      'Buy a lady an overpriced drink?' L.A. police say bar scam is widespread

      It's a scene that plays out at bars around the world: under the dimmed lights, a man orders a lady a drink. But at El Arroyo Bar in South Los Angeles, authorities said, some men ordered drink after wildly overpriced drink, over and over again, as a usually scantily clad young woman sat by their...

    • Man shot and killed in South L.A.

      Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles on Saturday evening.

      The man, believed to be 25 to 30 years old, was standing outside in the 600 block of East 83rd Street in the neighborhood of Florence around 10:05 p.m. when two suspects approached...

    • LAPD union blasts police commissioners over Ezell Ford decision
      LAPD union blasts police commissioners over Ezell Ford decision

      Tensions over last week's decision in the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford continued to simmer Tuesday as Los Angeles police union officials blasted police commissioners, saying their ruling threatened the safety of officers and the public.

      Craig Lally, the president of the union that represents...

    • After Ezell Ford ruling, LAPD chief's video upsets Police Commission
      After Ezell Ford ruling, LAPD chief's video upsets Police Commission

      Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck stared into a camera Tuesday shortly after the Police Commission condemned an officer's fatal shooting of a mentally ill black man to offer words of encouragement to his rank-and-file cops.

      “You have my support,” he said in the video message. “You have the...

    • Ezell Ford's mother says decision shows 'what happened to Ezell was wrong'
      Ezell Ford's mother says decision shows 'what happened to Ezell was wrong'

      When Ezell Ford's mother learned Tuesday afternoon that L.A. police commissioners had faulted one of the officers who fatally shot her son, her first reaction, she said, was: "Hallelujah!"

      Speaking to reporters at South L.A.'s First AME Church hours later, Tritobia Ford said although she was "a...

    • Police Commission to weigh fatal LAPD shooting of Ezell Ford
      Police Commission to weigh fatal LAPD shooting of Ezell Ford

      The civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department will decide Tuesday whether two officers violated department policy when they shot and killed Ezell Ford last summer in South L.A.

      The Police Commission’s decision will punctuate a nearly 10-month review of the fatal shooting of...

    • Ezell Ford shooting: Mayor says commission's review will be 'impartial'
      Ezell Ford shooting: Mayor says commission's review will be 'impartial'

      A day before the Police Commission is scheduled to decide whether two LAPD officers acted within policy in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident that commissioners would "conduct an impartial and fair-minded review."

      Garcetti's statement came as about a dozen...

    • Police Commission to discuss LAPD shooting of Ezell Ford next week
      Police Commission to discuss LAPD shooting of Ezell Ford next week

      The civilian commission that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department is expected to decide Tuesday whether last summer's fatal shooting of Ezell Ford was within department policy, sources said.

      The Police Commission is scheduled to discuss the shooting in closed session after its weekly public...

    • Six arrested during South L.A. protest against police brutality
      Six arrested during South L.A. protest against police brutality

      Protests against police brutality in South L.A. led to six arrests Monday night, the same day riots broke out in Baltimore, after demonstrators refused to obey police orders to disperse, LAPD officials said.

      The L.A. demonstrations involved up to 50 people and started outside the LAPD’s 77th Division...

    • Three released in connection with shooting of two LAPD officers
      Three released in connection with shooting of two LAPD officers

      Three people who were detained after gunmen opened fire on two plainclothes Los Angeles police officers were released Monday afternoon and police officials pledged to continue investigating the shooting.

      The three people -- who were not identified -- were released at 2:41 p.m., Officer Sara Faden...

    • Two LAPD officers shot in Florence believe they were targeted
      Two LAPD officers shot in Florence believe they were targeted

      Two plainclothes Los Angeles police officers were shot at Sunday evening while driving through a South L.A. neighborhood, prompting an exchange of gunfire that caused several suspects to scatter, authorities said.

      The officers were fired upon near 65th Street and Broadway in the Florence neighborhood...

    • LAPD searches for two suspects in shooting of officers in South L.A.
      LAPD searches for two suspects in shooting of officers in South L.A.

      Two Los Angeles police officers were wounded by gunfire Sunday afternoon, spawning a massive manhunt for the shooters that shut down several blocks in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

      The officers were wearing plainclothes and driving on Broadway near 65th Street around 5:45 p.m. when they...

    • Ezell Ford's parents sue LAPD, this time in state court, over son's death
      Ezell Ford's parents sue LAPD, this time in state court, over son's death

      The parents of a mentally ill man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers last summer in South L.A. filed a new wrongful death lawsuit Friday, this time in state court.

      The allegations outlined in Friday's lawsuit mirror those Edsell and Tritobia Ford made in a federal lawsuit they filed last...

    • Autopsy: Omar Abrego died of cocaine effects and 'duress' from arrest
      Autopsy: Omar Abrego died of cocaine effects and 'duress' from arrest

      Los Angeles County coroner’s officials determined that a man who died last year after struggling with two LAPD sergeants during an arrest in South L.A. died from the effects of cocaine but also suffered “physical and emotional duress while taken under custody,” according to an autopsy report issued...

    • Activists demand charges in Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego shootings
      Activists demand charges in Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego shootings

      Days after the long-awaited release of an autopsy report for a South Los Angeles man killed in a police shooting, activists plan to gather at the place of his death to demand charges against the officers who shot him.

      The Coalition for Community Control Over the Police, a grass-roots group, wants...

    • LAPD investigating officer's use of baton during protest
      LAPD investigating officer's use of baton during protest

      Los Angeles Police internal affairs investigators are looking into an officer's use of a baton during a protest last week in South Los Angeles, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

      Cmdr. Andrew Smith said a personnel complaint investigation was initiated after a protester showed Smith video of...

    • LAPD chief: No new witnesses in police shooting of Ezell Ford
      LAPD chief: No new witnesses in police shooting of Ezell Ford

      Despite public appeals by the city's mayor, the county district attorney and others, no new witnesses to the fatal Los Angeles police shooting of a mentally ill black man have come forward to help investigators, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

      Beck told reporters that the department is continuing...

    • Prosecutors decline to charge man allegedly beaten by LAPD
      Prosecutors decline to charge man allegedly beaten by LAPD

      Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to pursue a case against a man who was allegedly beaten by police while being held down by officers last month. 

      In an earlier interview with The Times, Clinton Alford, 22, said he was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Avalon Boulevard near 55th...

    • Ezell Ford shooting: Mayor orders autopsy report to be released soon
      Ezell Ford shooting: Mayor orders autopsy report to be released soon

      Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that he had ordered police to allow the release soon of an autopsy report on a mentally ill man fatally shot by officers three months ago.

      Garcetti made a surprise appearance Thursday at an LAPD news conference, telling reporters the autopsy on...

    • Driver who hit Gordo the dog during police chase pleads guilty
      Driver who hit Gordo the dog during police chase pleads guilty

      Justice was swift for Gordo the dog.

      Two days after a driver in a stolen Chevy Astro hit a Maltese mix during a televised police chase through South Los Angeles, the man pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to two years in prison.

      Los Angeles County prosecutors said Yovani Rodriguez, 21, of...

    • Wild police chase in South L.A. ends with two in custody
      Wild police chase in South L.A. ends with two in custody

      A man and a woman inside a stolen van were taken into custody Wednesday night after a wild police chase in South L.A.

      The pursuit ended about 9:10 p.m. after a police cruiser struck the vehicle, forcing it to lose control and stop. Officers attempted to use the PIT maneuver at least two times before...

    • Ezell Ford's family plans to sue LAPD over his fatal shooting
      Ezell Ford's family plans to sue LAPD over his fatal shooting

      A lawyer representing the family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by two Los Angeles police officers in South L.A. last month said he plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the LAPD.

      Attorney Steven Lerman said he plans to release details about the lawsuit during a news conference...

    • Ezell Ford: LAPD watchdog urges shooting witnesses to come forward
      Ezell Ford: LAPD watchdog urges shooting witnesses to come forward

      The LAPD’s civilian watchdog Tuesday publicly urged anyone who saw last month's fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles to come forward, saying he was “helpless” in his investigation without witnesses' accounts.

      Alex Bustmante, who works independently of the LAPD and reports...

    • Civil rights leaders seek witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting
      Civil rights leaders seek witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

      Civil rights leaders will be handing out fliers Saturday near the South Los Angeles intersection where police shot and killed an unarmed black man earlier this month, imploring eyewitnesses to come forward.

      Conflicting accounts have emerged about the Aug. 11 shooting of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old...

    • LAPD names officers who fatally shot mentally ill man in South L.A.
      LAPD names officers who fatally shot mentally ill man in South L.A.

      More than two weeks after the police shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles, LAPD officials released Thursday the names of two officers involved in the deadly shooting.

      The department identified the officers who shot Ezell Ford on Aug. 11 as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who...

    • L.A. councilman to hold forum to ease tensions over LAPD shooting
      L.A. councilman to hold forum to ease tensions over LAPD shooting

      A Los Angeles city councilman has organized a public meeting for Tuesday evening to ease tensions over the controversial shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles last week.

      Councilman Curren Price said he organized the 7 p.m. meeting at Paradise Baptist Church in South Los Angeles to...

    • Rally set to protest fatal police shooting of unarmed, mentally ill man
      Rally set to protest fatal police shooting of unarmed, mentally ill man

      Community members and activists plan to hold a rally Sunday afternoon in front of the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill man.

      The rally is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the intersection of Main and First streets. Activists...

    • Community members march, demand answers in Ezell Ford's fatal shooting
      Community members march, demand answers in Ezell Ford's fatal shooting

      Dozens of community members and activists marched in South Los Angeles on Thursday night demanding answers and justice for the unarmed mentally ill man fatally shot by LAPD officers Monday in the Florence area.

      The crowd marched from South Broadway and West 65th Street to the Los Angeles Police...

    • LAPD, community leaders to meet over fatal shooting of Ezell Ford
      LAPD, community leaders to meet over fatal shooting of Ezell Ford

      Los Angeles police officials will meet with community leaders Thursday evening to discuss the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles, a death that has sparked anger, but differing accounts of what happened.

      Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable,...

    • Family of man killed by LAPD officers hires Rodney King's ex-attorney
      Family of man killed by LAPD officers hires Rodney King's ex-attorney

      The family of the mentally ill man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers earlier this week has hired Rodney King’s former attorney, who said Thursday that he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the department.

      Attorney Steven A. Lerman said the family of Ezell Ford is in...

    • Amid protests, LAPD explains fatal shooting of South L.A. man
      Amid protests, LAPD explains fatal shooting of South L.A. man

      Los Angeles police on Wednesday defended an officer-involved shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead, saying he tackled one of two officers, forcing him to use a backup gun.

      The account differs from what family members of the man, Ezell Ford, told KTLA-TV. They said he was complying with police...

    • LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified
      LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified

      An unidentified person shot Monday night by a Los Angeles police officer in the Florence neighborhood has died, authorities said Tuesday.

      An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division conducted "an investigative stop" in the 200 block of West 65th Street about 8:20 p.m. Monday,...

    • LAPD probing man's death after struggle with sergeants during arrest

      Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old motorist after a physical altercation with two LAPD sergeants who were arresting him.

      Omar Abrego, 37, was declared dead Aug. 3 about 12 hours after he was arrested by the two gang-unit sergeants, according to officials. The sergeants...

    • Woman arrested in alleged hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead

      A Los Angeles woman was apprehended Sunday in connection with an alleged hit-and-run hours earlier that left a pedestrian dead in South Los Angeles, police said.

      Vernice Taylor, 56, was arrested about 5 a.m. on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, said Sgt. Gregory Hoyte of the LAPD’s Central Traffic...

    • LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.
      LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.

      Los Angeles police are investigating potential links between the kidnapping of a teenage girl who was doused with flammable liquid and two other South L.A. attacks that left two women and a 1-year-old boy dead.

      The suspect, Robert Ransom Jr., 30, has been charged with nine felony counts related...

    • Police search for parents of two toddlers found wandering South L.A.
      Police search for parents of two toddlers found wandering South L.A.

      Investigators on Tuesday continued to look for the parents of two toddlers found wandering alone near a South L.A. liquor store.

      The two boys, believed to be about 3 years and 18 months old, were first spotted Monday morning alone inside the liquor store near the 600 block of East 85th Street,...

    • Man fatally shot on front porch of South L.A. home, cops say
      Man fatally shot on front porch of South L.A. home, cops say

      A 43-year-old South L.A. man was fatally shot on his porch Monday night after an argument, police said.

      Corey Norflin was standing on his front porch in the 700 block of East 76th Place in Florence at about 8 p.m. when he got into an argument with someone and was shot, said Los Angeles Police Department...

    • Man accused of killing store clerk is due in court Tuesday
      Man accused of killing store clerk is due in court Tuesday

      The 31-year-old man suspected of killing a mother of five while she worked at an L.A. discount store Sept. 17 is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

      Eric William Atkinson faces one count of murder tied to robbery and personal use of a firearm in the slaying of 39-year-old Martha Sanchez. Atkinson...

    • LAPD seeks public's help in identifying discount store clerk's killer
      LAPD seeks public's help in identifying discount store clerk's killer

      Los Angeles police detectives Wednesday released surveillance video of the man believed to have shot and killed a discount store worker last month and asked for the public's help in identifying him.

      Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was working at a South L.A. Happy Bargain discount...

    • Boy found on South L.A. street is reunited with family, police say
      Boy found on South L.A. street is reunited with family, police say

      A 5-year-old boy found on a South Los Angeles street has been reunited with his family, police said Monday night.

      Los Angeles police said that the boy's mother apparently had a medical emergency and that the child may have wandered from his home. Family members saw the boy's picture on television...

    • 5-year-old boy found on South L.A. street; police seek parents
      5-year-old boy found on South L.A. street; police seek parents

      Law enforcement authorities on Monday evening were looking for the parents of a 5-year-old boy who was found wandering the streets of South Los Angeles.

      The child was found about 6 a.m. near 73rd Street and Avalon Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

      Police said the boy told workers...

    • Relatives of slain woman plead for help in catching killer
      Relatives of slain woman plead for help in catching killer

      Relatives of a 39-year-old mother who was slain in a robbery in South Los Angeles pleaded for the public's help on Wednesday afternoon in catching the killer.

      Martha Sanchez, who has five children, was working at a discount store about 8:50 p.m Tuesday when a man walked in, robbed the store and...

    • Discount store clerk, a mother of five, fatally shot during robbery
      Discount store clerk, a mother of five, fatally shot during robbery

      Police are investigating the shooting death of a clerk at a discount store in Florence two blocks from the LAPD's 77th Street station.

      Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was killed about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Happy Bargain store in the 7400 block of Broadway by a man "who walked into...

    • Woman shot and killed in South L.A. robbery, police say
      Woman shot and killed in South L.A. robbery, police say

      A woman in her 20s was shot and killed during a robbery in South Los Angeles, police said Tuesday night.

      The incident was reported around 9 p.m. near Broadway and 74th Street in the Florence neighborhood, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

      The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she...

    • Cold case arrest: 9-year-old girl hid while father fatally shot
      Cold case arrest: 9-year-old girl hid while father fatally shot

      As a 9-year-old girl, Esmeralda Pena hid behind a refrigerator at the family's small grocery store as a man shot and killed her father during a botched robbery attempt.

      Twenty-three years later, the memories of her father's lifeless body still haunt her.

      "I can still see ... my dad lying down on...

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