As Americans continue to fear for their job security, health and financial future during these uncertain times, the coronavirus pandemic has caused yet another thing for citizens to worry about — their safety. As victims and law enforcement officials warned would be the case after states announced the release of thousands of inmates as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus, repeat offenders have wasted little time in taking advantage of their newfound freedom by wreaking havoc on their communities and committing similar — or worse — offenses than the ones that originally landed them in jail in the first place.
As every state in the nation is rocked by protests in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, it seems that crisis has been heaped on top of crisis. Governments and first responders already in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic are now contending with civil unrest and, […]
As we watch the destructive aftermath of the devastating death of George Floyd, I am asking all members of LAAPOA to take a deep breath. Clearly, something went horribly wrong in the circumstances involving Mr. Floyd. Clearly, the outcome of the arrest that led to his death wounds all of us as peace officers and […]
Attempts to reform the bail system have been brewing in California for years. Back in 2017, LAAPOA spoke out against the flawed SB 10, which eliminated the state’s pretrial cash bail system and replaced it with a “risk-based release and detention system.” The bill was signed into law in 2018, but implementation was put on hold after opponents collected enough signatures to qualify for a statewide referendum in 2020. More than six months before voters had a chance to weigh in, however, zero bail became a reality anyway — thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including public safety. Law enforcement working the front lines of the pandemic have been inundated with a new set of challenges that have made their already difficult jobs even more difficult, stressful and dangerous. In particular, statewide shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders across the country have forced officers, park rangers and other public servants to perform the near-impossible task of enforcing social distancing guidelines prescribed by health officials.
While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of people around the world and forced the cancelation of May’s memorial gatherings, it will not stop the law enforcement community from being there for one another on National Peace Officers Memorial Day and during National Police Week as we honor the brave officers killed in the line of duty both last year and throughout history, including Los Angeles Airport Police Officer Tommy Scott, who was tragically taken from us 15 years ago today. From sundown on April 28 to sunrise on April 30, the LAX pylons will proudly glow blue to honor Officer Scott’s sacrifice.
LOS ANGELES — On the evening of Tuesday, April 28, and on the morning and evening of Wednesday, April 29, the iconic LAX pylons will go blue to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Los Angeles Airport Police Officer Tommy Scott. Scott, 35, was killed on April 29, 2005, while heroically protecting the […]
By Brendan B. Rochford and Adam Hahn Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. It is a gross understatement to say the pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting almost every aspect of Californian lives, including how we live and work. Nowadays, every cough, runny nose and even headache can make a person wonder if they have […]
If you follow LAAPOA on social media, you may have noticed that over the past two months we’ve dropped a few teasers here and there about a special new project we’ve been working on. Well, now we’re pleased to finally share it with you all. Introducing The Layover With LAAPOA, a video podcast hosted by […]
With homelessness on the rise across the United States, major metropolitan airports must increasingly contend with the issue of people seeking shelter in their public spaces. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and San Francisco International Airport are among the busy travel hubs that have struggled to handle a surging homeless population, and just last week, Dallas–Fort […]