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911 Calls Motivated by Bias May Be Outlawed in CA County

911 Calls Motivated by Bias May Be Outlawed in CA County

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office proposed the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors. Supporters say the goal is to reduce the number of racially motivated calls to law enforcement specifically and not to discourage people from using 911 to report legitimate concerns.

September 16, 2021

CA Agency Releases Video of Shooting That Seriously Wounded Officer

Police Chief Brandon Gillespie said in the video that Officer Michael “Mikey” Rokaitis has undergone seven surgeries since the shooting, including one to have part of his right leg amputated. He spent 12 days in the ICU but is now in stable condition.

September 8, 2021

Gang Member Convicted of Killing CA Officer

Gang Member Convicted of Killing CA Officer

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Tuesday before reaching their verdict in the trial of Michael Christopher Mejia, 30. The verdict was read Wednesday morning, with the panel convicting Mejia of two counts of first-degree murder and single counts of attempted murder, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a felon.

September 1, 2021

CA Officer Dies from Crash Injuries Suffered Last Week
Wounded CA Officer Must Have Leg Amputated

Wounded CA Officer Must Have Leg Amputated

Officer Michael Rokaitis was shot twice while serving a search warrant, once in his ballistic vest and a second time below his vest in his lower abdomen. The gunshot injured an artery to his right leg.

August 25, 2021

CA Officers Seriously Critically Injured in Head-On Crash

CA Officers Seriously Critically Injured in Head-On Crash

“Doctors and hospital staff have worked tirelessly to stabilize Officer Herrera and Officer Grewal,” the department said. ”As of this morning, Officer Herrera remains in ICU and is listed in critical, but stable condition. Officer Grewal remains in critical condition in the ICU.

August 24, 2021

CA Officers Wounded in Gunfight with Suspect Accused of Ambushing Deputy
CA Deputy Shot at Traffic Stop, Patrol SUV Burned

CA Deputy Shot at Traffic Stop, Patrol SUV Burned

Surveillance footage taken near the scene of the shooting shows the patrol SUV with its siren blaring as it pursues a white car. As the deputy’s vehicle rounds a corner in pursuit, what sounds like at least 20 gunshots ring out, and the patrol car comes to a halt.

August 18, 2021

CA Officer Critically Wounded, Suspect Killed in Gunfight Outside Police Station
Body Camera Video Shows CA Deputy's Almost Fatal Fentanyl Exposure
L.A. Police Commission's New President Rejects Defund Movement

L.A. Police Commission's New President Rejects Defund Movement

“Our communities of color that are most impacted by crime, many of which have seen the homicide rate rise above 30% this year, cannot afford to go without law enforcement,” William Briggs said in prepared remarks, which he delivered after unanimous appointment by his Police Commission colleagues.

July 29, 2021

Off-Duty CA Officer Pulls 2 from Burning Wreck
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