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L.A. Prosecutors Try to Drop Special Enhancements for Accused Cop Killers, Judges Reject Requests

Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that it was “not in the interest of justice'' to dismiss the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer in the performance of his duties and murder to avoid or prevent a lawful arrest, along with gun allegations, against Kenneth Earl Gay, now 63, in connection with the June 2, 1983, slaying of Officer Paul Verna.

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CA Deputy Kills Mountain Lion Stalking Trail Walkers

The deputy was responding to 911 calls from a couple walking on a bike trail east of Placerville. They were walking with their two small children in a stroller and had their two small dogs with them. They were being followed by an adult mountain lion for about 10 minutes.

New Fresno Chief Sworn in Monday

"I see an opportunity here, I see a challenge here," Chief Paco Balderrama said. "I see for great things to happen. I believe in five to 10 years, Fresno is going to be a much different place and if I can play a small role in it, that's a life and a career well lived."

Police Commission Approves LAPD's Facial Recognition Use Policy

he policy was approved with a modification for the Inspector General to work with the commission's executive committee to develop and ensure a “strong oversight system,'' according to Commission President Eileen Decker.

Former California Sheriff Dies of Cancer

Hutchens was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 and continued to lead the department while successfully fighting the disease for eight years.

CA Officer Wounded, Murder Suspect Killed in Shootout

A team of officers and detectives were in the area with a warrant to arrest a man police identified as a suspect in the killing of a person in San Bernardino earlier this year, Chief Eric McBride said.

CA Sheriff Loses Appeal on Judge's Order to Release "Dangerous" Inmates Over COVID

The ACLU says an appeals court has just denied an effort by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes to stop the release of half of the jail population, including prisoners that Barnes has said are violent and otherwise represent danger to the public.

Los Angeles Mayor Vetoes Plan to Reallocate Police Funding

“Los Angeles should be leading America by piloting bold ideas like exploring a guaranteed basic income, confronting the stark Black-white disparity among people experiencing homelessness, driving racial reconciliation, protecting jobs held by people of color with new opportunities in the city workforce and working in closer collaboration with our communities on allocation decisions,'' Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a letter to the City Council Monday night.

CA Police Dog Bitten by DUI Suspect

The suspect who was driving on a suspended license, was under the influence of alcohol and had methamphetamine in the vehicle, according to authorities.

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CA Agency Accused of Holding COVID Super-Spreader Event

A complaint filed this week with the Citizen Police Complaint Coalition centers on a large gathering of police officers Nov. 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center.