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Tow truck chase ends peacefully in Burbank after over 2 hours


A reporter from NBC talks to the tow truck driver who tells him "I'm not going to hurt anyone". The driver complained that the LAPD was trying to pull him over but he hadn't done anything.

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Police chase a AAA tow truck on Fountain before he turns onto Edgemont.

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Police chase a tow truck up Edgemont in Hollywood


A tow truck flees from police in Studio City during a pursuit.

[Update 6:45pm: The man driving the tow truck got out and surrendered to police in Glendale after fleeing for 2 hours and 15 minutes.]

A man driving an Auto Club tow truck is leading police through a unique pursuit.

LAPD is keeping their distance while a tow truck driver flees through the streets of the San Fernando and now Hollywood.

Near Burbank just after 6pm, an NBC reporter happened to ask him a question as they sat waiting for a stop light to turn green. "I'm not going to hurt anyone," the driver said, complaining that the LAPD was trying to pull him over but he hadn't done anything wrong.

"They're trying to give me a ticket for no reason," he said.

LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman spoke with CBS2 live on air early in the pursuit and explained that cruisers are not going to try to confront the suspect as long as he drives safely. Instead, police will monitor his movements via television helicopters above and police units on the ground.  


Police union to sue the city and LAPD over one-day impound policy

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Calling it a "catch 22" for officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League announced Thursday that it will be filing a lawsuit against the City of L.A., and the police department, over the new one-day vehicle impound policy for unlicensed-drivers.

The new policy, recently approved by the Police Commission, conflicts with state law mandating a 30-day impoundment for a car driven by an unlicensed driver, says the LAPPL.

A conflict of code now exists, they believe, that puts officers in a no-win situation where they may be subjected to potential civil liability issues if a car released under the one-day policy is involved in a collision resulting in injury or death.

The decision to take legal action "is not a position on immigration policy" the LAPPL said in a statement. Rather, the lawsuit is "based on our duty to fairly represent and protect the working conditions of LAPD officers,” states League President Tyler Izen.


LAPD announces new jail wing, guidelines for ‘respectful and courteous’ interaction with transgender people

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A transgender prostitute is arrested by undercover LAPD officers.

Transgender people interacting with Los Angeles police officers are being guaranteed respectful treatment both on the streets and in the downtown jail, the LAPD announced Thursday.

Police officials hosted a community forum at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at Ed Gould Plaza to say they have developed new guidelines for officers dealing with men and women who cross-dress and identify as a different gender. They also announced that an entire wing of the downtown Metropolitan Detention Center will be dedicated to transgender arrestees, helping to ensure the safety of those people while in custody.

“The new procedures are designed to promote greater understanding and ensure police contacts with the transgender community are professional, respectful and courteous,” the LAPD said in a statement.


Facebook pages show troubled last days of man shot on 101 Freeway


A screenshot from Abdul Arian's Facebook timeline header showing that he had photos of police vehicles on his profile.

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Ray Boo Karimee poses with his younger cousin Abdul Arian.

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This image from Abdul Arian's Facebook page came with the caption, "Just always after me."

Abdul Arian’s friends and family are writing on Facebook that the young man was happy, humorous and full of life, and are dismayed by the tragic end he met last night on the 101 freeway.

Arian, 19, was shot and killed in Woodland Hills at about 10 p.m. after a high-speed chase ended with him getting out of his car and attempting to run. It remained unclear why he was originally fleeing police in the car chase that ultimately ended in his death. 

On his Facebook page, Arian’s older cousin Ray Boo Karimee expressed outrage and disbelief at the shooting, “God bless you my little cousin,” he wrote, before lambasting police for “just shooting poor innocent kids! He wanted to be a cop himself!”

Karimee also mourned for Arian’s “mom and dad and sister and a little brother,” and asked, “Where is justice?”


LAPD to debrief the public about fatal 101 shooting within 72 hours

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A screenshot of a suspect facing off with police following a police pursuit Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012. LAPD is still investigating after officers shot and killed the man.

All lanes on the 101 Freeway near Woodland Hills re-opened Thursday morning at 8 a.m. after Wednesday night's fatal officer-involved shooting.

LAPD is looking for clues about what happened when officers shot and killed Abdul Arian, 19, around 10 p.m. after a car chase. Alleged relatives came forward with his name, according to KTLA.

Police say when the chase ended, the suspect got out of the car, clasped his hands together and pointed at officers, but it was unclear if he was holding anything.

LAPD spokesman Andy Nieman said the investigation is ongoing, but he confirmed that more than one officer was involved, and more than one shot was fired.

“Now, even though there was an overhead news helicopter during this incident, the perspective from a thousand feet up – even with a great, hi-def camera – it’s a much different perspective than what actually transpires or what officers are actually seeing on the ground or what citizens see," he said. "We still have investigators that are in the area where this occurred interviewing and canvassing for additional witnesses that may have scene or heard something.”

Nieman is meeting with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who will debrief the public about the incident within 72 hours. According to Neiman, officer-involved shootings are one of the most intense investigations they engage in and can take almost a year to fully complete.