Update on Legal Challenges to Mandatory Vaccinations

By David E. Mastagni, David Demurjian and Taylor Davies-Mahaffey State and Local Governments Can Mandate Vaccinations Over 100 years ago, the Supreme Court decided that states can mandate that their citizens get vaccinated. In Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1905) 197 U.S. 11, the court upheld a local law in Cambridge, Massachusetts, requiring that inhabitants […] Read More »

LAAPOA’s Statement on the Passing of Officer Michael Allen Rasmussen

LAAPOA is saddened to announce the sudden death of Los Angeles Airport Police Officer III Michael Allen “Razz” Rasmussen. He was a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Airport Police and a United States Air Force veteran.   On September 14, after departing the police station located at LAX Airport, Officer Rasmussen was killed in […] Read More »

Ever Vigilant

LAAPOA grieves with the rest of our nation the tragic loss of the 10 U.S. Marines, two soldiers and a Navy corpsman in yesterday’s terrorist attack outside Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, which also killed as many as 170 Afghans. We pray for their families and loved ones, as well as the at least 18 Americans and […] Read More »

Supreme Court Shows Its Spirit for Students’ First Amendment Rights — Here’s What That Means for Public Employees

In a recent case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a disgruntled high school cheerleader who was suspended for complaining about not making the varsity squad. You might think that has little bearing on law enforcement, but it demonstrates how an individual’s First Amendment free speech protections are weighed against their school or employer’s interest in preventing substantial disruption. In this article, Mastagni Holstedt, APC, explains the legal principles involved and how they apply to public employees. Read More »

California Attorney General Releases Guidelines for Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations

The California attorney general’s office recently announced guidelines and protocols for the implementation of AB 1506, a new law that requires the state’s DOJ to investigate all officer-involved shootings resulting in the death of an unarmed civilian. The guidelines have raised a number of concerns among law enforcement, such as the likelihood that they’ll lead to violating officers’ constitutional rights. In this article, Mastagni Holstedt, APC, discusses AB 1506 and outlines some of the most concerning issues for law enforcement. Read More »

LAXPD Unit Spotlight: Detective Bureau

“Seeing how my mom was able to bring justice for many victims inspired me to want to follow in her footsteps in becoming a detective,” Detective Erica Villanueva shared when LAAPOA featured her in our “Women of LAXPD” series. Now, she and Detective Ben Spolarich are giving us a more in-depth look at how LAXPD’s detectives seek justice for victims by investigating cases and filing criminal complaints with the court. Read More »