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Los Angeles Police Seek Help in Locating Missing Autistic Man

Romario Snow;  Photo: LAPD

Romario Snow; Photo: LAPD

Southern California police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing autistic man who disappeared after running in the LA Marathon on Sunday. 

Romario Snow, 21, has not been seen since the marathon on Sunday afternoon after asking security to call his mother. 

If anyone sees Snow or has any information they can contact the Santa Monica police at (310) 458-8491.

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LAPD Releases Video Showing Suspect Holding Gun Just Prior to Police Shooting

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Photo: via cbsnews.com

The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video depicting the moments before the fatal police-shooting of Carnell Snell, Jr.

The video appears to show Snell running from police while holding a gun in his hand.

The video appears to contradict a narrative that Snell was unarmed at the time of his death.

Protests erupted across southern California in the wake of the shooting.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, "My huge concern is that the dueling narratives further divide the community."

See the video below for yourself. 

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LA Police Commission Says Cops Should Consider Running Away From Armed Suspects

The Los Angeles Police Commission, the appointed body that "serves as the head of the Los Angeles Police Department, functioning like a corporate board of directors," made news this week by suggesting that LAPD officers "redeploy" instead of using potentially deadly force in the face of an armed suspect.

The recommendation came amid scrutiny over a 2015 shooting in which the commission found fault with LAPD officers when they used deadly force against a woman armed with a large knife. The woman charged officers, shouting, "shoot me." 

The commission felt the officers should have "redeployed" and created distance from the charging suspect.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League LAPPL, the union representing police officers, found the commission's decision to be troubling, to say the least. 

In a response to the commission's statement, the LAPPL posted the following:

It sure must be easy to talk about “redeploying” an officer’s position while sipping a Diet Coke or bottled water while sitting in a police-guarded, air-conditioned room, in a cushy office chair, watching the events unfold in slow motion on a big-screen TV.

But that’s not reality. The Commission is becoming nothing more than a politically motivated rubber stamp for the warped worldview of a handful of activists that they pander to. In this instance, only Commissioner Steve Soboroff was willing to let facts and reason prevail.
— Los Angeles Police Protective League

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LAPD Motors Officer Injured in Intentional Hit-And-Run, Suspect Arrested

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Photo: via patch.com

An Los Angeles Police Officer was injured Wednesday morning in a hit-and-run incident that police believe was intentional. 

The officer was riding his department motorcycle on I-5 when he was rear-ended on the freeway.  

According to witnesses, the suspect intentionally struck the motors officer and then pushed him down the freeway for approximately one-half mile.  

The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is now resting at home. 

The driver of the suspect vehicle fled from the scene after the accident; however, he was later taken into custody. 

Philip Newlyn, 28, was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder.  

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LAPD Officer Shot in Running Gun Battle That Leaves Suspect Dead

A Los Angeles Police Officer suffered minor injuries during a running gun battle that left one suspect dead Monday night.

The incident began on Monday evening as officers attempted to disperse a crowd gathered in the Nickerson Garden housing project in Watts. One of the individuals fled on foot and police gave chase.

During the chase, the suspect allegedly began shooting at the officer, prompting a return of fire. The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, "I’m in awe of the courage displayed. (He is) expected to make a full recovery and in good spirits."

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Four LAPD Cops Cleared in Skid Row Shooting

Four LAPD officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed African American homeless man last year did not violate department policy, the Los Angeles police commission ruled on Tuesday. 

The incident occurred last March when officers confronted Charly Keunang on LA's Skid Row. Keunang became combative with officers and allegedly grabbed for one of the officer's guns before being shot. The entire incident was caught on video and went viral on social media. 

Joshua Piovia-Scott, an attorney representing the Keunang family said of the decision, "This was the killing of one unarmed homeless man by six heavily armed and trained officers."

The commission found that three of the officer's use of force was within policy; however, one was not. No details as to the behavior deemed to be out of policy was provided. 

Toxicology reports on Mr. Keunang found methamphetamine and marijuana in his system. 

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LAPD Officers Go Beyond the Call of Duty to Help Lonely WWII Veteran

Herman Perry;  Photo: KABC

Herman Perry; Photo: KABC

A couple of Los Angeles police officers went above and beyond the call of duty to help bring a little joy to a lonely, 94-year old World War II veteran this Christmas season.

WWII vet Herman Perry was brought to the attention of LAPD officers Abel Torres and Natali Nunez after Perry’s neighbor called 911 because she hadn’t seen him in over a week and was concerned for his welfare.

After the officers made contact with Perry and determined that he was fine they discovered that he had no friends and family in the area and was going to be alone for the holidays.

That’s when the officers decided to take it upon themselves to do something about it.

After their shift ended at 1 a.m. the officers went by a local tree lot and got Perry a Christmas tree. With the help of his neighbor, they surprised him the next day by setting up the tree in his house and decorating.

But they didn’t stop there.

Officers Torres and Nunez, with the help of other officers in the department, then brought Perry gifts and food and worked together to clean up his home and make some necessary repairs.

Speaking of the need to give back, Officer Nunez said, “After finding out he was 94 years old, a World War II vet living by himself, we just didn't feel OK just walking away. People like that, we owe our liberties and freedom to. They've sacrificed so much, so we thought we needed to give back to a veteran who did so much for us. We were quite happy to help him out."

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Viral Video Shows Gun Wielding Man Stalking LAPD Officer (Video)

Several members of the Los Angeles police department expressed concern over a viral video that depicted a gun wielding man stalking an LAPD officer. The video, recently posted on Instagram, immediately went viral and prompted an investigation into who made the video and why.

LAPD detectives soon identified the creators of the video, whom they would only describe as a being "members of an early-1990s rap group no longer in fashion."

Apparently, the "rap group" thought it would be a good idea to stalk an LAPD officer while flashing a handgun for the camera.

Of the suspects identified, LAPD has taken one into custody and issued a warrant for another; however, the lead detectives declared that they didn't believe the video to be a "credible threat," and instead determined it to have been made for "entertainment purposes."

Watch the video above and judge for yourself.

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