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Two CA Police Officers Shot and Wounded During Struggle With Suspect

Two Los Banos, CA police officers were shot and wounded in a struggle with a suspect on Monday night. 

The officers had been called to the home to investigate a man breaking into an apartment; however, a struggle ensued after officers confronted the suspect and both officers were shot.

The officers were transported to a local hospital for treatment and are said to be in stable condition.

The suspect was shot and killed. 

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Golden State On Way To Becoming "Sanctuary State"

The California State Senate has passed a bill to make the Golden State the nation's first "sanctuary state." 

SB54 would prohibit state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities on immigration enforcement or even asking individuals about their immigration status. 

The bill was passed along a party-line vote, 27-12, with state Democrats supporting the measure and Republicans in opposition.

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The bill still needs to pass through the State Assembly; however, if it passes there it will go to Governor Jerry Brown's desk for his signature.

SoCal Endures Second Night of Protests Over Police Shooting of Armed Man

Photo: Gary Coronado/LA Times

Photo: Gary Coronado/LA Times

Southern California endured a second night of protests and civil disruption over the police shooting death of an armed man on Saturday afternoon. 

Carnell Snell, Jr. was shot after fleeing from officers who had attempted to stop a vehicle in which he was a passenger. Police have stated that a handgun was located at the scene.

Protesters blocked intersections and some were seen doing donuts in their vehicles. Others were seen writing graffiti on buildings while officers stood nearby.

Local officials have called for calm and to let the criminal investigation run it's course.

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Six Officers Awarded Medal of Valor Related to San Bernardino Terror Attack

Photo: Sophia Bollag / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Sophia Bollag / Los Angeles Times

Six police officers who responded to December's terror attack in San Bernardino, CA were awarded the Medal of Valor award by California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who also attended the ceremony, said of the officers, “You and your families give so much to your state and your country."

She added, "Through their sacrifice, their courage and their bravery, [the officers] did everything that was important and needed to be done for homeland security."

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BREAKING: West Covina, CA Police Officer Shot and Wounded, Expected to Survive

A West Covina, CA police officer is expected to survive after being shot and wounded late Friday night.

The incident occurred after the officer approached the suspect, who was on a bicycle. A gunfight ensued and the officer was shot.

The suspect fled and has not yet been apprehended. Police were unsure if the suspect was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

More details to come.

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Ballot Measure Blamed for Uptick in Crime in California

Photo: latimes.com

Photo: latimes.com

When Prop 47 was passed by California voters in 2014, many heralded the reform measure as a big step in reducing mass-incarceration by lessening the punishments doled out for property and drug offenses.

Now that crime has been steadily on the rise in the Golden State, some are rethinking that strategy. 

The law changed many simple drug possession cases and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, a move that purged many individuals from the local jail system. As the theory goes, many of the criminals that would have otherwise been incarcerated for their crimes are instead left on the streets where they often continue to engage in criminal behavior.

It has been reported that violent crime is up 20 percent in Los Angeles, robbery up 23 percent in San Francisco, and homicides in Sacramento up 23 percent.

Sergeant Tasha Descosta of the Hayward Police Department said, "In the past year and a half, we've seen an increase in theft-related crimes, including robbery, burglary, and identity theft."

Others defend the measure, however, citing the financial savings to the state, a number in excess of $83 million according to a recent analysis.

Where differences of opinion exist is often in how one interprets "success."

El Cerrito Police Chief Sylvia Moir emphasized that point by stating, "Proposition 47 is working if the only thing we're measuring is how many people are incarcerated. Like how many empty jail beds. Thousands fewer people in our state prisons -- it's working. But if you say, 'is Prop 47 working for communities,' I would say no, it is not.'"

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Warrants Now Required to Search Online Data in California

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that went into effect on Thursday that will require California law enforcement agencies obtain a warrant prior to searching an individual's online data. This includes cell phone pictures, text messages, and emails. 

California joins a handful of other states in disallowing warrantless searches of online data. Virginia, Utah, and several other states already require warrants prior to searching private digital information.

Tech companies including Google and Twitter were supporters of the bill and many law enforcement agencies remained ambivalent to the law as it worked its way through the California legislature.

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California set to track, and make public, all police interactions

In a move to make all police interactions with the public more transparent, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that mandates all police agencies within the state track, and make public, the racial and ethnic profile of everyone stopped by law enforcement. 

Although hailed by some civil rights activists, many within the law enforcement community were less thrilled with the legislation, suggesting that it will create a bureaucratic mess while failing to reveal whether or not police are unfairly treating minority groups.

Lt. Steve James, president of the Long Beach police officer's union stated, "It's a terrible piece of legislation." 

James continued, "There is no racial profiling. There just isn't. There is criminal profiling that exists."

Several larger agencies within the state of California already track perceived ethnic and racial data related to any individual stopped by their respective police agency; however, the new legislation will mandate that all agencies track such data.

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California faces hiring shortage for police officers

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Earning a career in law enforcement can be one of the most challenging ventures in a person's life. Historically, most people who apply to become police officers aren't hired for the job. But the hurdles involved in pursuing a career in police work hasn't stopped the profession from enjoying broad interest from eager applicants.

Until now.

California law enforcement agencies have reported a huge spike in the number of open police officer positions around the state. Since 2010, such open positions have increased by 603% compared to a rate of only 7% for open firefighter positions. 

The decline in suitable applicants has led to officer shortages around the state. Analysts suggest that economics have played a significant role in the decline but many have also pointed to the increased tensions between police and community relations as well as the inherent dangers of the job and declining benefits packages. 

Irrespective of the root causes, California continues to endure an officer shortage certain to affect communities large and small.

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