Woman punched by CHP officer files lawsuit alleging excessive force

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By Kate Mather / LA Times News July 17, 2014 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 […]

Family of Woman Hit by CHP Officer Plans to File Lawsuit


Kate Larsen and Willian Avila (NBCLA) | July 7, 2014 The family of a woman who was pinned down and repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is planning on filing a lawsuit, attorneys representing the family said Sunday. Family members said Marlene […]

Police: Murders decrease despite rise in shootings through first six months

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By Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times Posted June 30, 2014, 6:37 p.m. Chicago Police have announced that through the first six months of the year there were nine fewer murders than in 2013 and 79 less than in 2012. Police reported 171 murders through June 29. During that time, the Cook County medical examiner’s […]

Ex-cop charged with hiding women’s bodies in suitcases

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DINESH RAMDE / Associated Press June 26, 2014 9:00PM WEST ALLIS, Wis. — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and discarded on a rural Wisconsin highway met his victims online, in one case possibly through a bondage website, according to […]

3 inmates, 1 deputy injured in shank fight on OPP yard

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By Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on June 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM, updated June 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM A recent Orleans Parish Prison yard fight left three inmates and one sheriff’s deputy injured, with the prisoners facing additional charges for using shanks in the scuffle, court documents revealed. The fight took place […]

OPP federal monitor to hold public meeting tonight with recently released inmates

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By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune June 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM, updated June 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM Dozens of inmates recently released from Orleans Parish Prison will participate in a public meeting Wednesday night with a federal court-appointed monitor overseeing changes at the troubled jail. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. […]

Former Latin King lieutenant sentenced to 17 years in prison

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By Jason Meisner Tribune reporter 1:40 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014 A former lieutenant in the Latin Kings street gang whose cooperation with authorities helped bring down numerous top leaders in the gang’s West Side hierarchy was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison today. The sentence was a significant break for Nedal Issa, a […]

LAPD detective Frank Lyga secretly recorded talking about killing black officer and criticizing the department

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By Stefani Camille Streetgangs.com Staff Writer June 13, 2014 Update: Interview with Brian Bentley, Kevin Gaines’ former partner, June 24, 2014 In March 1997, LAPD undercover detective Frank Lyga, shot and killed fellow LAPD Rampart CRASH officer Kevin Gaines in what was described as a “road rage” incident. According to Lyga, Gaines, who was not […]

LA Times Homicide blog tells the untold story

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By Stefani Camille WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 04, 2014 It’s almost 6 months now since the LA Times Homicide Report Blog was revamped in January. The report originally debuted in 2007 in order to tell untold stories of victims of homicides in the city. Nicole Santa Cruz is the reporter who updates the site with […]

Postscript: When a search for an old friend leads to The Homicide Report

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LA Times Homide Report Posted May 30, 2014, 7:54 p.m. Jeff Little was searching for an ex-girlfriend. But instead of finding her Facebook page, he came across her entry on the Homicide Report. He couldn’t believe what he was reading: Louise Savior, 31, had been beaten to death in a van in Historic South-Central L.A. […]

LAPD Officer Choked Estranged Wife ‘Until She Passed Out’: Prosecutor

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By Melissa Pamer, KTLA Channel 5 News May 22, 2013 Jose Robert Figueroa, 29, appeared in Inglewood Superior Court on Wednesday, when his arraignment was postponed until June 4, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In an interview at the door of her Inglewood home Thursday, his wife said […]

Federal Lawsuit: San Bernardino County Deputies “Tortured” Inmates


Jason Kandel and Gadi Schwartz (NBCLA) | May 9, 2014 Six inmates who served time in a Southern California jail are seeking $150 million each in a lawsuit, alleging deputies beat and tortured them in a lockup last year, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week. The plaintiffs allege they were subjected to electric […]