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FOR REAL CHANGE DEPOLITICIZE COUNTY OFFICIALS
September 10, 2020
If you want to get to the real source of political issues in America, follow the money. For years, grassroots organizations have been protesting against the Los Angeles County District Attorney (D.A.) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department for their actions or inactions. But what if the D.A. and the Sheriff aren’t where the real problem lies? In order to find the source of the problem, you’ve got to find the source and required uses for funding these two departments. ... read more »
Los Angeles World Airports Selects Cecil Rhambo as Chief of Airport Police
October 10, 2019
Last Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced that following a nationwide search, former Assistant Sheriff of the County of Los Angeles Cecil Rhambo has been selected as the new Chief of Airport Police. Upon completion of a background investigation, he will replace and report directly to David L. Maggard, who was named Deputy Executive Director for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security this summer after serving as Chief of Airport Police for three years. ... read more »
Rep. Barragán, Democratic Members Investigate Tragic Death of Felipe Gomez-Alonzo in Alamogordo
January 10, 2019
Second-Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) joined Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (NM-02), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and other Democratic Members of Congress in Alamogordo, New Mexico to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Felipe Gomez-Alonzo, an 8-year old Guatemalan migrant boy, while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody on Christmas Eve. Additionally, the Members investigated operational issues related to the new medical practices that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen put in place following Felipe’s death. ... read more »
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Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Approves Modernization of Los Angeles Airport Police’s Dispatch and Record-Keeping Systems
December 7, 2018
In accordance with LAWA's strategic goal of innovating for security, efficiency and effectiveness, the new CAD and RMS system will modernize APD's dispatching and records retrieval systems, allowing the division to respond rapidly to situations with a reliable and quick connection to intelligence information and other first-responder agencies. ... read more »
School virtual shooter training program aimed at survival
January 2, 2018
Using cutting-edge video game technology and animation, the U.S. Army and Homeland Security Department have developed a computer-based simulator that can train everyone from teachers to first responders on how to react to an active shooter scenario. ... read more »
Gardena Man Gets 40 Years for Child Sex Trafficking
July 21, 2016
A self-described "cross-country pimp" from Gardena was sentenced on Monday to 40 years in federal prison for forcing seven girls -- including one who was 13 years old -- to work as prostitutes. Laron Darrell "Birdd" Carter, 39, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips to pay more than $630,000 in restitution to six of his victims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Following a five-day trial in April, a Los Angeles federal jury convicted Carter of seven counts of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud or coercion, and seven counts of transporting a child to engage in prostitution. The evidence at trial showed that the Crips gang member trafficked girls as young as 13 and subjected some of them to beatings, which included victims being punched in the face and whipped with a belt. Carter's "conduct in this case spanned a decade as he prostituted the seven minor victims from 2003 to 2013" and transported them from California to Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Nevada, prosecutors wrote in a pre-sentencing memorandum filed with the court. The case stemmed from the 2013 rescue of a 16-year-old girl, who told investigators that she had been recruited by Carter to travel from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. When she arrived in Southern California, Carter forced her into prostitution, she said. Carter took the teenager to a hotel in El Segundo and advertised her services on backpage.com. The victim "ran away at one point, but she found herself lost with no money and returned," according to court documents. "When she returned, defendant beat her and whipped her with a belt for leaving," federal prosecutors wrote. After the victim was rescued, investigators located six other girls who had been coerced or physically forced into prostitution by Carter between 2003 and 2010. "Above all, this sentence assures no more girls will fall prey to this brazen and manipulative sexual predator for decades to come," said Joseph Macias, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles. "But the outcome of this case should also serve as a sobering warning to those engaged in the sex trafficking of minors about the severe consequences for those who commit such crimes." During the trial, the jury saw Facebook postings in which Carter described himself as a "cross-country pimp" who worked for "Pimpin' International." The jury also saw photos of tattoos with the "Birdd" moniker that victims were forced to get, prosecutors said. ... read more »
Borders Blurred by Racism in ICE Department
December 18, 2014
As administration officials start to implement President Obama’s immigration sweep actions, there are some issues that internal federal departments such as Los Angeles’ Department of Homeland Security needs to address, according to local agents. ... read more »
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