Two criminals tried to rob a victim in broad daylight. That’s when the would-be victim opened fire.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – LAPD is asking for the public’s help in finding the victim and witnesses to assist in determining what happened during brazen daylight attempted robbery where shots were fired by the victim.

The shocking incident was captured on surveillance video recovered by the LAPD’s Whilshire Division.

On Monday, July 19, 2021, around 7:10 p.m., two suspects exited from an idling Dodge Avenger near Melrose Avenue and Vista Street and confronted the victim with a handgun in hand, according to a police press release issued Tuesday.

The victim was standing on the street talking to two unidentified females when the two suspects exchanged words with him. Police said that was when the victim acted to defend himself:

“Words were apparently exchanged, and the victim ultimately produces a handgun, apparently to defend himself and others in his group from the would-be robbery suspects.

“The victim fired his weapon towards the suspects and then all parties immediately fled the location.”

Both suspects were captured by police shortly after, having sustained gunshot wounds.

Nicholas Brown, 33, from Los Angeles, suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left thigh. He was treated medically before being charged with attempted robbery.

Markeil Hayes, 28, also from Los Angeles, suffered a gunshot wound to the right calf. He was treated medically and then booked on attempted robbery charges.

The driver of the silver/grey Dodge Avenger drove away from the scene and remains at large. Police identified the driver as a black male. No further information was available.

LAPD said:

“The Los Angeles Police Department is aggressively addressing a rise in violent crime in the Melrose area over the past year and is pursuing all leads involved in this and other crimes.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Wilshire Robbery Detective J. Maloney at (213) 922-8216. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Crime has surged in Los Angeles, with homicides spiking.

By July 2002, the Wilshire Division of the LAPD had no homicides recorded for the year. Thus far in 2021, the division has recorded at least ten.

Homicides have risen 25% across the city, with a 50% increase in South Los Angeles.

The Fourth of July weekend was especially bloody for the city after a dozen people were killed.

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Los Angeles might lay off 600 LAPD employees as crime skyrockets and new DA drops cash bail

December 10, 2020

 

LOS ANGELES, CA- On Tuesday, December 8th, city council voted to move forward with a set of “recommendations” to attempt to save Los Angeles from their potential $675 million budget shortfall this year and it appears that layoffs of city employees, including police officers, are still on the table.

According to the police chief, the city council’s plan to slash over 600 positions from the city’s police force would devastate department operations. Not to mention, the defunded Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is already struggling from a hiring freeze and a $150 million budget cut.

City council has advised City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn and his staff to look at various ways, including layoffs, to keep the city financially stable. This includes using most of what remains in its reserves, about $250 million, and borrowing $150 million.

The council’s Budget and Finance Committee recently met and voted to have the list considered as well as the prospect of laying off about 1,900 city employees, most from the LAPD. Reportedly, the layoffs were part of a proposal from Llewellyn’s second fiscal status report for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The committee voted to reduce the recommended LAPD layoffs by about two-thirds, with a proposal to cut 335 sworn officers and 273 civilian employees. These numbers have yet to be approved.

Chief Michel Moore told the Police Commission that a hiring freeze has already hampered his department and laying off officers would be devastating. He said in a statement:

“This is not saber-rattling, looking at staffing levels (of what) a hiring freeze alone would do. All operations will be shuttered in the Harbor Jail, in the Pacific Jail in the Hollywood yard.

“These are jails that are local that allow officers to book, process, and release individuals locally, rather than at our three regional jails.”

Accordingly, the LAPD forensics unit would also suffer a massive blow if the proposed layoffs are approved. Moore said:

“Cutbacks with 273 fewer civilians on his staff would reduce the number of forensics employees and other non-sworn officer duties.”

As word circulated about the potential layoffs, Craig Lally, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League the union that represents LAPD officers, said:

“It’s appalling that city officials and politicians are more interested in fattening their political slush funds by defunding the police department through laying off nearly 1,000 officers.”

He added:

“The LAPD has been cut by $150 million to spare civilians layoffs and create huge reserves and this latest proposal will further victimize black and hispanic residents who make up 70% of L.A.’s violent crime victims. It’s disgusting.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he hopes to avoid employee layoffs altogether, but said the city is prepared to do so as a last resort. He said in a statement:

“I hope that layoffs are at the very bottom of the list and our city administrative officer has asked us, all of our departments to say how we will close the worst-case scenario if there is no help.”

He added:

“The reason why I want layoffs to be the very last thing is it hits our most vulnerable employees and key services”

If city council moves forward with the layoffs, officers, and other city workers would likely start losing their jobs in March or April 2021. 

As a result of the first $150 million budget cut, LAPD was already forced to dramatically cut back on the amount of services it provides to the community.

As a result from this defunding, LAPD was forced to downsize many of its specialized units, including homicide, gang, air support, and narcotics.

During this time, homicides have soared to the highest levels in a decade.

The proposed cuts to law enforcement comes just as Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón put an immediate end to cash bail for misdemeanors that will allow thousands of inmates awaiting trial to be released

Reportedly, he also said that he plans to do away with cash bail for felonies at the start of the New Year, except in the cases of the “most violent offenses.”

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LAPD suspends some services under ‘catastrophic’ budget cuts – hits homicide, gang and narcotics divisions

November 10th, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA – In what a police union spokesman is calling “catastrophic,” the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has cut back services in an effort to overcome the $150 million budget cut that resulted from anti-police protests earlier this year.   

Many of the department’s specialized units have been downsized or eliminated, including the homicide, gang, air support, and narcotics divisions.  As a result of that action, homicides have increased to a level that has not been seen in 10 years.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore gave a statement to the Los Angeles Times last week:

“We need to offload a number of responsibilities.”

Two criminals tried to rob a victim in broad daylight.  That's when the would-be victim opened fire.
Screenshot courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Several extreme measures have been introduced because of the budget cuts:

  • Police officers will no longer respond in person to traffic crashes or other so-called low-priority incidents.
  • Citizens who are involved in crashes with minor injuries or those who are the victims of hit-and-runs will have to file their own reports online.
  • Station desks will only be manned during the weekdays.
  • The department will no longer have special deployment in high traffic areas. Areas such as Venice Beach and Hollywood are impacted by this measure.
  • Teams assigned to handle issues with homeless people have been cut.

In addition to many civilian (non-sworn) positions being cut, LAPD is cutting manning levels from 10,110 currently to 9,752 by next spring.  The 234 officers who were part of the special teams have been moved back to patrol units.

Chief Moore has been working steadily with unit and section commanders to best reallocate personnel and reconfigure the large department.

Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), spoke with the LA Times about the negative impact of these “catastrophic” cuts on the department and community:

“These cuts can’t come at a worse time, and our neighbors will be less safe. It’s going to be catastrophic.  There’s nothing good that’s going to come out of this, and it’s only going to get worse.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Melina Abdullah, Los Angeles co-founder of the city’s Black Lives Matter group, grumbled that the defunding “doesn’t go nearly far enough.” 

Abdullah said her group will provide the city with a list of programs where they think the funds diverted from the LAPD should be applied.

Chief Moore indicated that the huge budget cuts have created scenarios where emergency service responses have voids in operation and that those issues have not been solved.  Chief Moore related that he has reached out to many agencies and organizations trying to fill the gaps but has received mixed reactions.

The Los Angeles Police Department has seen a huge uptick in protests, demonstrations, and violent riots like most other major cities, and Tuesday night after the election was no different. 

The main group of unruly people was near Figueroa Street and Pico Boulevard near the Staples Center.

The LAPD sent out this message:

“Due to a large and unruly crowd, the LAPD has declared an unlawful assembly & issued a dispersal order in the area of Pico & Figueroa northwest corner.  At this time, anyone in the area is to leave immediately and follow all orders from any police officer. This area is now closed.”

The department described some people gathering on Tuesday night as wearing all black clothing, helmets, and knee pads.  They were detained for questioning, and simultaneously, officers in riot gear formed a cordon line near the convention center.

The LAPD declared a citywide tactical alert Tuesday afternoon, though the agency said the decision was “to ensure sufficient resources to address any incidents that may arise as a result of Election Day activities, but is not a result of any specific incident.”

 

 

 

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