Local News in Brief : Reward Fund Set Up in Cabbie’s Death

An organization of officers from 22 Southern California police departments have set up a reward fund in an effort to find whoever robbed and killed a cab driver after he picked up two fares at Los Angeles International Airport last weekend.

Hawthorne Police Sgt. Don Jackson, president of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, said members of the group raised $1,000 among themselves for the fund. He said they are also accepting donations for a separate fund to be turned over to the family of 31-year-old Ami Fhima, whose body was found in Inglewood.

“We think both issues are pretty important,” Jackson said. He said he and Los Angeles Police Officer Garland Hardeman, executive secretary of the organization, decided to launch the reward drive because “we were pretty much shocked and appalled and wanted to do something. . . .”

Both officers are residents of Inglewood.


Law Enforcement Officers for Justice was organized to fight racial discrimination in police departments. Jackson said it wants to set an example for the community in helping police solve brutal crimes.

He said donations for the reward and assistance funds can be sent to P. O. Box 225, 1617 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 90201. Reward donations should be made out to LEOJ, while donations to the family should be made out to the Judy Fhima Fund, Jackson said.