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L.A. Taxpayers Shell Out Over $4.2 Million For Police Action

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  • Ron Branson
    Ron Branson P.O. Box 207, North Hollywood, CA. 91603 aka (VictoryUSA@jail4judges.org) L.A. Taxpayers Shell Out Over $4.2 Million For Police Action We all are
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      Ron Branson P.O. Box 207, North Hollywood, CA. 91603 aka (VictoryUSA@...)\

      L.A. Taxpayers Shell Out
      Over $4.2 Million For Police Action

      We all are aware of the Christopher Dorner incident after LAPD fired him for lying in his police report of abuse by a fellow L.A.P.D. officer. This has cost the L.A. Taxpayers over 4.2 million dollars. Police settlements are certainly not rare, but seldom of this size. Nearly half the City of L.A.'s depleting financial budget is consumed on these police settlements. Even so, there are yet calls from our current mayor for increased taxpayer money for more police, stating, "We can never have enough police."

      Such position counters the findings of our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence signed July 4th, 1776, when they wrote, "He [King George, III] has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our People, and eat out their substances." 

      Such position is the nature of all governments to unceasingly increase the presence of despots in pursuit of a Police State. It was Fredrick Douglass who stated,
      “Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

      We shall forever find ourselves strapped with more and more police and lawsuits until the People revolt! Since such is the case, I have proposed a workable solution for People of Los Angeles, and for the mayor, whose position is, "We can never have enough police." My proposal is that we train each and every adult in Los Angeles in the correct handling of guns who are above the age of eighteen, and who are of sound mind, and to certify all of them as sworn police officers, and to issue each of them a gun and a badge. By such means, we will have enough police officers to satisfy the mayor, and at the same time, the People of Los Angeles will be armed and safe.

      I guarantee that if my plan is implemented, crime will become almost nonexistent; and then we can lay off much of the government as they are no longer needed, and thus we will save tax dollars, and thus we will have fewer unnecessary lawsuits, and thus we will increase our spendable income, and thus we will create jobs, and thus we will reduce homelessness, and thus we will start the recovery of freedom, and thus ......!

      Ron Branson
      National JAIL4Judges Commander-In-Chief


      Los Angeles settles with women fired on in manhunt

      By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Associated Press

      Tuesday April 23, 2013

      LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them while they were delivering newspapers during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner, officials said Tuesday.

      The money will be split evenly, with $2.1 million going to each woman, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

      The agreement must still be approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

      Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup.

      Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries.

      The settlement means they cannot pursue any future injury claims against the city.

      Dorner had vowed warfare on Los Angeles Police Department officers and their families for what he called an unfair firing.

      He killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during his nearly one-week run from authorities.

      Attorney Glen Jonas, who represents the women, called the settlement amount fair and said it spared the city from defending a case that involved eight police officers and would have likely cost millions of dollars.

      "The only certainty was the litigation was going to cost everyone a lot of money and a lot of time," Jonas said.

      Jonas sent a nine-page demand to the city more than a month ago that provided an opening to negotiations. He said he negotiated with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for weeks before the deal was reached on Monday night.

      "We're two veteran trial lawyers trying to settle a case, and we both understand the reality of litigation and what it costs to both sides," Jonas said.

      Trutanich agreed the settlement was fair and said in a statement he was pleased by how swiftly it was reached.

      "We hope Margie and Emma will be able to move on with their lives, the city will be spared millions of dollars in litigation expense and time, and this unfortunate chapter of the Dorner saga will be put to rest," Trutanich said.

      The women agreed to receive the payment after June 30 — the end of the fiscal year — to help the city with its budgeting, Jonas said. The agreement came in addition to a separate $40,000 settlement reached earlier for the loss of the women's pickup truck.

      "For them, the money is not the issue as much as (the city) just doing the right thing," Jonas said. "Everyone agreed that they were wronged, but we didn't know whether responsibility would be assumed ... It's pleasant to get that done without having to go through years of litigation."

      The eight officers remain assigned to non-field duties pending an internal investigation.


      Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latams

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