Far-left LA social justice groups says police “faking” crime stats, claims they are the real threat to LA residents

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LOS ANGELES, CA- As with a majority of Democrat-run major cities last year, Los Angeles, CA. experienced a significant uptick in crime across the board.

Much of the blame went to far-left socialist district attorney George Gascon’s hands-off policy on prosecuting criminals, combined with anti-police rhetoric.

However a progressive group says the focus is being put in the wrong area, claiming the real problem is an increase in police-involved shootings.

The People’s City Council of Los Angeles (sounds pretty commie to us) slammed the media and claims that the police department is “lying” about the rise in crime.

They cite the crime rate in the city is actually down from 2019, ignoring the fact that yes, while overall crime is down, violent crime is up significantly.

The following tweet shows you all you need to know about this unhinged, far-left group:

And another:

PCCLA, an anti-police organization, claims that according to LAPD data, certain property crimes, including robbery are down, while ignoring the fact that there was a noticeable increase in crime between 2020-2021.

“You mean to say that the ‘retail crime wave’ is just propaganda pushed out by the cops and the California Retailers Association? No way.

‘Shoplifting’ in Los Angeles is down 30%!” the PCCLA tweeted in reference to a Los Angeles Times article on LAPD crime statistics.

Last month, according to Fox11 Los Angeles, a LAPD detective compared the city to the movie “The Purge.”

Det. James McBride, who is also the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told Fox News, “…don’t visit because we don’t think we can keep you safe right now,” and then compared the city to the dystopian movie.

“But instead of 24 hours to commit your crime, they have 365 days.”

McBride lay the blame on things such as Proposition 47, which changed sentencing guidelines as well as the state’s zero bail policy. He complained that criminals are back on the street “faster than the officers can finish the report.”

The PCCLA however sticks with their anti-police narrative and alleges the narrative of a rise in crime is a police ploy to get a twelve percent budget increase.

“LAPD’s copaganda campaign is being exposed. Theft crimes are down in LA. LAPD killings up 160% & shootings up 50%. They spent months lying about the ‘rise in crime’ & now they are acting as violent as ever. The city is going to give them a 12% raise,” according to figures from the PCCLA’s Twitter account.

In an op-ed, the far-left Los Angeles Times’ editorial board said:

“The real reason that McBride [LAPD union boss] & the LAPPL say they can’t protect tourists has nothing to do with Prop 47 or zero-dollar bail. It is because they are entering the city’s budget season and are seeking leverage for better funding.”

All of this comes about in the aftermath of an accidental police shooting of a 14-year-old girls, Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was shot while inside a home during a police pursuit of a suspect.

The PCCLA claims the young girl’s death came about after what they said was a “string” of police shootings over five days last week.

According to statistics obtained from the LAPD and as reported in the Times, there were 38 police-related shootings and 18 deaths last year, an increase over 2020 and 2019, which saw 27 shootings and 7 deaths in 2020, 26 shootings and 12 deaths in 2019.

Much of that increase is likely due to an exponential increase in violent crime as well as a spike in assaults and shootings of police officers which occurred last year.

“LAPD cannot be reformed. They are the ones who create the danger here in Los Angeles. James McBride was right when he said ‘LAPD won’t protect you,’” the group tweeted.

Meanwhile, far-left radical city council candidate Albert Corado took to Twitter to likewise complain about the LAPD.

“I spoke to The Guardian [far left rag] recently about Valentina Orellana-Peralta’s murder by the LAPD. I told them, ‘The LAPD creates the danger.’ The LAPD is constantly trying to justify its own existence and it often comes at the cost of the lives of our loved ones,” Corado tweeted.

Corado’s platform is to defund and abolish the police. Of course Corado has a personal reason for his anti-police hysteria. In 2018, his sister Melyda died after a shootout with a gunman whom they feared would facilitate a mass shooting. In that case, the police commission ruled her death and the police shooting didn’t violate department policy.

Ever since, Corado has been an anti-police zealot.

Crime data for the entire year of 2021 has yet to be released, however preliminary data from June showed a 50% increase in shooting victims compared to the same period in 2020, according to ABC7 Los Angeles. At that time, 651 people had been shot in LA year to date, compared to only 434 in the same period in 2020, an average of 27 shooting victims per week.

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop

In case you missed it, below is a report on the crime spike in Los Angeles and the man widely blamed for it, far-left idealogue DA George Gascon. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA- On Wednesday, December 8th, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon marked the end of his first year in office by defending his progressive criminal justice reform efforts, claiming that he is not responsible for rising homicides and the recent smash-and-go robberies.

In an unprecedented move, district attorneys from other states such as Virginia and Massachusetts attended the press conference instead of local law enforcement and victims’ rights advocates.

Prosecutor Eric Siddall, vice president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, said in a statement:

“That tells us no other local leaders support the DA and his policies. Instead, he flew in other-like minded politicians from around the country who are also ushering in a new crime wave to their own cities.”

During the press conference, Gascon addressed the district attorneys from other states and the media, saying that the so-called “tough-on-crime approach failed.” He said:

“We are trying to dramatically change a system that has served no one, not the victims of crime, not those who are accused and not the public.”

When he took office in 2020, Gascon issued a special directive that prevents prosecutors in his office from seeking the death penalty, sentencing enhancements, or cash bail in non-violent cases.

That decision quickly drew widespread criticism as a policy that coddled criminals and ignored the victims.

As 2021 comes to an end, homicides, violent crimes and auto theft are rising and Gascon is facing a second recall. The most vocal critic is Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who told KTLA that “his approach has been god-awful. He authored Proposition 47 to reduce felonies to misdemeanors and now he doesn’t want to prosecute misdemeanors.” Villanueva added:

“It’s been an absolute disaster for the community. It’s been a disaster for public safety. It’s been a disaster for law enforcement.”

Far-left LA social justice groups says police "faking" crime stats, claims they are the real threat to LA residents

One of his own deputy district attorneys, John Hatami, has also been an outspoken critic of the new policies. He said:

“George Gascon’s policies have not worked. Releasing criminals not charging crime does not work in Los Angeles and it’s not making anybody any safer.”

On the same day that an 81-year-old woman was shot to death in a home invasion robbery, Gascon sent out a fundraising email decrying the use of sentencing enhancements, which are measures used to add prison time for violent crimes for a number of reasons, from gang affiliation to the use of guns. 

In response, Gascon did not add a sentence enhancement to the charges against the woman’s killer, who had an extensive criminal history and was released on parole in September.

Had an enhancement been utilized, the killer would have had 25 years added to his sentence.

Gascon states that sentence enhancements are disproportionately used against minorities.

But when looking at the horrific incident that happened to the 81-year-old woman, the question really becomes should that individual, a chronic offender, who tried to rob another house after shooting a woman to death, deserve a sentencing enhancement to keep him incarcerated and not out on the streets where he can harm others?

Yet, Gascon claims that his office is working to make the criminal justice system more efficient and more equitable. He said in a statement:

“We’re trying really hard to use the science that is currently available, the data that is currently available, to do our work. And I’m not going to be intimidated by political rhetoric.”

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Los Angeles charges deputy with manslaughter after he was run over, nearly killed and took out attacker

November 10th, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA – Luke Liu is accused of shooting an unarmed man who posed no threat. His legal team will argue that it was an act of self-defense in the line of duty. 

A jury will decide the fate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, facing up to 11 years in prison.

It was originally expected to be up to 21 years as prosecutors sought to add a gun enhancement charge to the alleged crime, but the Los Angeles County DA, George Gascon eliminated that enhancement.  

According to the county prosecutor’s office, Liu was on patrol when he identified a vehicle which matched the description of one that had been reported stolen.

The vehicle was at a gas station being filled up. Liu pulled in behind the vehicle. He walked to the driver’s door, returned to the rear of the vehicle, and then back to the driver’s door.

At this point, the driver, Francisco Garcia began to pull forward at approximately 5 miles per hour. Liu allegedly ran beside the car firing into it seven times, striking Garcia with 4 of those shots. 

The DA in 2016 said, “We believe the officer’s use of deadly force was unjustified and unreasonable under the circumstances.” 

The sheriff’s office reported a completely different event. Liu did spot the white 1993 Acura and did approach the vehicle. However, the deputy claimed he asked Garcia who owned the vehicle, and was told it was none of his business.

When he went to the rear of the vehicle to run the plates, the driver reached behind the seat, possibly for a weapon. That is when he drew his weapon and ordered Garcia to shut of the vehicle.

Liu claims that the driver then turned the car towards him, striking him, and he immediately feared for his life, opening fire.

He claimed to have received injuries to his knee, thigh, neck and head. After he opened fire, the car crashed into a sign. Deputy Liu then went to the vehicle and rendered aid and CPR on Garcia until medical assistance arrived. 

Garcia was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.  

It was detailed after the shooting that Liu was aware that the location where he encountered Garcia was the scene of a gang-related shooting just the day before. 

Prosecutors opened their case by saying:

“Francisco Garcia should not have stolen the car. He should not have tried to flee. But he didn’t deserve to die for it. He fired wildly at Garcia, killing him, and endangering the lives of innocent people who were sitting at the stoplight in the deputy’s line of fire.”

Michael Schwartz, Liu’s attorney, said that the prosecution’s version of the story was “not anything close to all the evidence.” 

“You’re going to have to decide what actually happened,” he said. “Things may not be what they first seem.”

The law in California was changed in 2020 to allow police to only use deadly force “necessary in defense of human life” and after they attempt to de-escalate a confrontation.

Prosecutors will likely argue that there was no attempt to de-escalate. Liu’s attorneys will counter that a law enacted in 2020 has no bearing on an even that took place 4 years before.  

As reported by the LAist, the county also argued that the LACSO also have a policy that “largely prohibits deputies from shooting at moving cars”, saying “firearms shall not be discharged at a stationary or moving vehicle or its occupants unless deputies are being threatened with a gun or some other deadly force by means other than the moving vehicle”.

The defense will once again argue timing, as that policy was implemented in the summer of 2016, on August 4th. The shooting involving Deputy Liu took place roughly 6 months prior to that change in policy. 

While this case is just now getting to court as a criminal proceeding, Los Angeles County agreed to pay Garcia’s family $1.75M to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit back in 2018.  

Law Enforcement Today will continue to follow this case and provide updates as they become available.

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As Nashville officer’s murder trial looms, video showing the criminal holding a gun has mysteriously vanished

UPDATE: The following article was carried in June of 2021. Since that time, a verdict was reached. Delke pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The former officer had this to say as he addressed the court. 

“I am pleading guilty today because I recognize that my use of deadly force was not reasonably necessary under all the circumstances. I recognize that what happened on July 26, 2018, was tragic. Ms. Hambrick lost her son that day and I am responsible for her loss. These are facts that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, and no mother should have to experience the loss of a child, and not a day has gone by that I have not thought about my actions. 

I also recognize that my actions impact the community and the police department. I hope this case can contribute positively to the much-needed discussion about how police officers are trained and how we as a community want police officers to interact with citizens. I am deeply sorry for the harm my actions caused and I hope that Ms. Hambrick’s family will obtain some comfort from my acceptance of responsibility in my guilty plea today.”

His statement came after the Hambrick’s mother Vicki was removed from the court following an outburst where she threatened the assistant DA and warned Delke to watch his back in prison. 

NASHVILLE, TN – Pretrial arguments continued Monday as Nashville prepares for the trial of the first Nashville police officer charged with murder in an on-duty shooting, as prosecutors accused the white Nashville officer of “character assassination” against the black man he shot.

Prosecutors say Officer Andrew Delke, 27, broke the law by shooting Daniel Hambrick, 25, in the back while he was running away in July 2018. A grand jury indicted the officer on one count of premeditated first-degree murder.

He has pleaded not guilty. Delke’s defense argues he was acting in self-defense after he said he saw Hambrick holding a gun.

A motions hearing began Friday in which prosecutors and defense attorneys argued in court about the evidence jurors would be allowed to consider during the trial.

 

Several issues were raised by both sides during the motions hearing, focusing mainly on various videos that captured most of the car pursuit and foot chase that led to the fatal shooting.

Video was captured by several cameras, from personal dash cameras and city surveillance cameras. However, a vital portion of the video, where Delke claims he saw Hambrick holding a firearm, is missing.

According to the Tennessean:

“An approximately 36-foot stretch of grass between houses is not pictured in footage obtained by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation from surveillance cameras that day. The missing clip would only add a few more seconds of evidence.

“Video from those cameras was not available after a 30-day retention period expired before Delke was charged in the case.”

 

Potential video taken of the “void space” was the subject of several hours of testimony as Defense Attorney David Raybin questioned a private investigator, a digital evidence expert, and the lead TBI agent who investigated the case.

Raybin asked the witness about how the video footage was obtained, and why the portion was missing from the record. Evidence indicated that there may have been footage from the “void space” that was not retained by investigators.

Raybin questioned TBI Special Agent Steven Kennard as to why footage from the area for several hours before and after the incident was not retained, but only a 15-minute clip from each of a dozen sources.

Raybin told Kennard that obtaining the video would have taken less time than the question he just endured:

“Wouldn’t the video be helpful?” Raybin asked.

“You could argue that it would be helpful,” Kennard replied.

Raybin shot back:

“We’ve spent three times as much time as it would have taken to get all of it arguing about it. But you didn’t do that. Why in the world wouldn’t you want to collect every scrap of video?”

Kennard said he relied on Joseph Edenfield, a former Metro housing agency video specialist and a former MNPD officer, to review and collect relevant video. Kennard also said he believed he had all the necessary video evidence:

“I made the determination based on his information. I had no reason to believe there was any other video out there that I needed that I didn’t have.

“If I knew that that camera angle was there, and I knew that it was pointing toward the void, I would have taken it. I did not know that at the time.”

Another issue raised during the hearing involved the introduction of criminal history information regarding the victim. The prosecution argued it was character assassination, but the defense claimed his past played a role in what happened.

Both sides agree that Hambrick was carrying a gun as he fled the officer that night but differ on the importance of Hambrick’s past to the shooting.

The defense wants to show the jury a photograph showing Hambrick holding money and a handgun. Hambrick was a convicted felon at the time of the shooting.

The prosecution argued that Delke did not know who Hambrick was as he ran from the officer on the night of the shooting, making the criminal history irrelevant.

The shooting occurred on July 26, 2018. According to police reports, Delke became suspicious when a white Chevrolet Impala stopped at a stop sign and “conceded the right of way by not pulling out in front of him.”

Delke told investigators he ran the vehicle’s license plate and determined the vehicle was not stolen. He decided to follow the vehicle in order to “develop a reason to stop the Impala.”

Delke lost the vehicle, but “mistook a different white four-door sedan” in the parking lot of an apartment building as the Impala.

As Delke approached the vehicle, Hambrick fled on foot. Delke chased the suspect and observed a handgun in Hambrick’s hand. Delke gave multiple orders for Hambrick to drop the gun.

As Hambrick continued to run, Delke fired four shots, striking Hambrick in the back of the head, the back, and the torso. A fourth shot missed and struck a nearby building.

Hambrick died from his gunshot wounds.

In addition to the criminal trial, Hambrick’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Delke and the Metro government seeking $30 million in damages. 

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Hambrick family argues that Metro and Delke violated Hambrick’s Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment rights against excessive force and race discrimination, and also that Delke is liable for Hambrick’s wrongful death.

The lawsuit also claims that the Nashville Police Department has a “culture of fear, violence and racism.”

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