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    • Firefighter is 'crushed' after being convicted of assault, attorney says

      Firefighter is 'crushed' after being convicted of assault, attorney says

      A Los Angeles city firefighter was convicted Thursday of assaulting a woman who was feeding stray cats in his neighborhood. Jurors convicted Ian Justin Eulian, 39, of one felony count each of assault and battery in connection with the Sept. 14, 2013, incident, which was captured by surveillance...

    • L.A. firefighter's lawyer asks jurors to acquit client in assault case

      L.A. firefighter's lawyer asks jurors to acquit client in assault case

      The attorney for a Los Angeles City firefighter accused of assaulting a woman feeding stray cats told jurors on Friday that his client only began throwing punches at the victim after she kicked his elderly mother. Surveillance video captured last year by cameras on a community arts center in the...

    • CHP settles in videotaped beating of woman; officer to resign

      CHP settles in videotaped beating of woman; officer to resign

      A California Highway Patrol officer caught on video repeatedly punching a woman on the 10 Freeway has agreed to resign, the agency said Wednesday. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow announced that Officer Daniel Andrew was stepping down and that the law enforcement agency had settled a civil rights lawsuit...

    • One dead in Crenshaw district shooting

      One dead in Crenshaw district shooting

      Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in the Crenshaw district Saturday evening, authorities said. The man was shot at about 6:20 p.m. near 28th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer Sally Madera, a Los Angeles Police Department...

    • Woman beaten by CHP officer in L.A.: 'I just want justice done'

      Woman beaten by CHP officer in L.A.: 'I just want justice done'

      A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway said she wants "justice done" and for the officers to be put behind bars. The woman, identified by her attorney as 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, made the comments to The Times on Wednesday, the same day the...

    • CHP officer videotaped punching woman could face 'serious charges'

      CHP officer videotaped punching woman could face 'serious charges'

      The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage. In addition to turning...

    • Feds consider probe into CHP beating captured on video, sources say
      Feds consider probe into CHP beating captured on video, sources say

      The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a request for an independent investigation into the California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on video punching a woman along the 10 Freeway, an FBI spokeswoman said.

      Federal officials are considering opening their own inquiry into the incident,...

    • Woman videotaped in CHP beating was walking into traffic, report says
      Woman videotaped in CHP beating was walking into traffic, report says

      A woman who was seen being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway earlier this month was “talking to herself” and tried to walk into traffic on the freeway, according to a report obtained by The Times.

      A CHP officer made the comments in an application he submitted in support...

    • LAPD patrol car runs over man lying in street, killing him
      LAPD patrol car runs over man lying in street, killing him

      A Los Angeles police car ran over a man who was lying in the street Sunday night, killing him, officials said.

      Officers were responding to a call about a naked man running around the neighborhood of Adams Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue about 10:20 p.m. when they ran over him, according to the Los...

    • Woman punched by CHP officer files lawsuit alleging excessive force
      Woman punched by CHP officer files lawsuit alleging excessive force

      The woman punched by a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this month along the 10 Freeway has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and head of the agency, her attorneys announced Thursday.

      The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, alleges that the unnamed officer used excessive...

    • 911 callers describe woman on 10 Feeway before CHP officer struck her
      911 callers describe woman on 10 Feeway before CHP officer struck her

      At least eight people called 911 on the evening of July 1, saying a woman was walking along the shoulder of the 10 Freeway and acting erratically.

      "She has no shoes on," one caller said.

      "She's just standing there with her arms in the air," another said.

      A California Highway Patrol officer was...

    • Activists renew call for independent probe of CHP punching video
      Activists renew call for independent probe of CHP punching video

      Community leaders and attorneys renewed their calls for an independent investigation into the California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on video punching a woman along the 10 Freeway.

      Those gathered at a news conference Thursday had harsh words for the officer who punched Marlene Pinnock,...

    • CHP, rights activists to meet again over officer's punching of woman
      CHP, rights activists to meet again over officer's punching of woman

      California Highway Patrol officials are expected to meet with Los Angeles civil rights activists for a second consecutive day after a video emerged online last week showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face during a confrontation on the 10 Freeway.

      The video, which has been played...

    • Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer
      Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer

      Los Angeles civil rights activists said they were pleased by their Monday meeting with an upper-level California Highway Patrol official regarding the officer who was captured on video punching a woman alongside the 10 Freeway last week.

      Community leaders told The Times they met with Asst. Commissioner...

    • Family of woman involved in CHP altercation wants officer punished

      The family of a woman allegedly thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer is asking that the two officers involved in the incident be punished, the woman's attorney said Saturday.

      "She's not just some animal," said attorney Caree Harper, who declined to...

    • CHP investigates altercation between officer, woman on 10 Freeway
      CHP investigates altercation between officer, woman on 10 Freeway

      California Highway Patrol officials on Friday said they were investigating an alleged altercation between an officer and a woman on the side of the 10 Freeway this week.

      The incident was filmed Tuesday night by a passing driver and shows a woman walking toward a male officer on the side of the...

    • Suspect in Las Vegas attempted murder arrested in L.A. after pursuit
      Suspect in Las Vegas attempted murder arrested in L.A. after pursuit

      A man wanted in Las Vegas on suspicion of attempted murder was arrested Monday morning in the South Los Angeles area following a police chase. 

      The Los Angeles Police Department said the chase began shortly after 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hauser and Venice boulevards when undercover officers...

    • Man pleads no contest in rape of 18-year-old student on Metro bus
      Man pleads no contest in rape of 18-year-old student on Metro bus

      The man suspected of raping an 18-year-old developmentally disabled woman in the back of a Metro bus for 10 minutes has pleaded no contest to sexual battery and indecent public exposure charges, officials said.

      Kerry Trotter, now 21, carried out the attack Nov. 7, 2012, in the back of the 217 Metro...

    • Man, boy wounded in West Adams shooting, LAPD says
      Man, boy wounded in West Adams shooting, LAPD says

      Los Angeles police Wednesday night were investigating a possibly gang-related shooting that left two people injured in the West Adams neighborhood.

      About five gunshots were reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Geer Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

      Two victims --...

    • Man's claim of being kidnapped while walking dog a hoax, LAPD says
      Man's claim of being kidnapped while walking dog a hoax, LAPD says

      A Los Angeles man's story of being kidnapped while walking his dog last week -- just days before he was supposed to testify in a celebrity-linked burglary case -- has been deemed a ruse, police said.

      Police spent three days looking for Darwin Vela, 22, after his dog returned to their Southwest...

    • Missing man was to testify about burglary linked to Nicolas Cage's ex
      Missing man was to testify about burglary linked to Nicolas Cage's ex

      The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was scheduled to testify in a third-strike burglary case against a man accused of breaking into the home of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend, officials confirmed.

      Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left...

    • Man's disappearance 'suspicious'; LAPD examining bloody leash
      Man's disappearance 'suspicious'; LAPD examining bloody leash

      Los Angeles police said Friday they are examining the bloody leash of a dog who returned home from a walk this week without his owner, who mysteriously disappeared earlier this week. 

      Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard...

    • Man missing after dog returns home alone with bloody leash
      Man missing after dog returns home alone with bloody leash

      Los Angeles police are looking for a 22-year-old man who disappeared Tuesday night while walking his dog, which returned to his South L.A. home dragging a bloody leash, the man's fiance said.Darwin Vela, 22, left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard about 9 p.m., police said. His...

    • Firefighter, mom accused of beating woman who was feeding stray cats
      Firefighter, mom accused of beating woman who was feeding stray cats

      A Los Angeles firefighter and his mother are facing charges that they beat a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation.

      Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, and his mother Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, 70, denied assaulting...

    • Man with gun killed in confrontation with officers, LAPD says
      Man with gun killed in confrontation with officers, LAPD says

      A man who police say had a firearm was killed in a confrontation with officers in Los Angeles' West Adams neighborhood, authorities said Wednesday night.

      The officer-involved shooting occurred about 6 p.m. near West Adams and Hauser boulevards, police said.

      Officers arrived at scene after receiving...

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