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Three LAPD Officers Charged With Falsifying Information

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Three Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers have been charged in separate cases for allegedly falsifying records that claimed people they had stopped were gang members.

Cases were filed for a warrant Monday against Rene Braga, 40, Raul Uribe, 35, and Julio Garcia, 36, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Braga faces one count each of filing a false police report and preparing false documentary evidence, while Uribe and Garcia both face one count each of preparing false documentary evidence, according to the D.A’s Office.

Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Braga, Uribe and Garcia worked at LAPD’s Metro Division and allegedly falsified field interview cards used by officers to conduct interviews while they were on duty, according to investigators.

The cards contained false information and misidentified those they had stopped as gang members. Some of the false information contained in the cards was used to wrongfully enter individuals into a state gang database, prosecutors said.

In all three cases, the defendants are accused of writing on the card that a person admitted to being a gang member even though body-worn camera video showed the defendants either never asked the individuals about their gang membership or the individuals denied gang membership if they were asked, according to the D.A’s Office.

If convicted as charged, Braga faces up to three years and eight months in county jail, while Uribe and Garcia each face a possible three-year jail term, according to prosecutors.

Additionally, three other offices are facing similar charges.

Braxton Shaw, 38, Michael Coblentz, 43, and Nicolas Martinez, 37, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and multiple counts of filing a false police report and preparing false documentary evidence.

Arraignment for these charges is set for Oct. 13 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

If convicted as charged, Shaw faces up to 31 years and eight months in county jail, while Coblentz faces up to seven years and eight months in jail and Martinez faces up to four years and four months in jail.

Attorneys from the Justice System Integrity Division are prosecuting the case. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Canoga Park Man Pleads Not Guilty To Firebombing LAPD Topanga Station

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A Canoga Park man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to throwing a molotov cocktail at the Topanga Community Police Station entrance.

Jonathon Rosin, 24, faces one felony count each of the use of a destructive device and explosive to injure/destroy and arson of an inhabited structure or property, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“Everyone should feel safe in their workplace and that includes police officers,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement. “We will not tolerate brazen acts of violence directed at anyone.”

On May 9 at around 12:55 a.m., Rosin approached the front doors of the Topanga Station at the 21500 block of Schoenborn Street, according to the Los Angeles Polie Department (LAPD).

Rosin lit a glass bottle that contained a flammable liquid and threw it at the front window. Upon contact with the window, the bottle shattered and ignited the flammable liquid, according to investigators.

The incident was witnessed by multiple LAPD personnel on the station’s CCTV system. The flames were extinguished promptly by a supervisor, police said.

Officers went in foot pursuit of Rosin eastbound on Schoenborn Street from Topanga Station. Rosin was taken into custody without incident at Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard.

“After Rosin was taken into custody officers observed that he smelled like gasoline,” said LAPD officials.

The suspect was arrested and booked for igniting an explosive, and a misdemeanor warrant.

Rosin is scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing on June 22 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch.

Anyone with any additional information can contact LAPD Major Crimes Division at (213) 486-7220.

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Man Arrested After Firebombing LAPD Topanga Station In Canoga Park

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A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly throwing a molotov cocktail at the Topanga Community Police Station entrance.

On May 9 at around 12:55 a.m., Jonathon Rosin approached the front doors of the Topanga Station at the 21500 block of Schoenborn Street, according to the Los Angeles Polie Department (LAPD).

Rosin lit a glass bottle that contained a flammable liquid and threw it at the front window. Upon contact with the window, the bottle shattered and ignited the flammable liquid, according to investigators. 

The incident was witnessed by multiple LAPD personnel on the station’s CCTV system. The flames were extinguished promptly by a supervisor, police said. 

Officers went in foot pursuit of Rosin eastbound on Schoenborn Street from Topanga Station. Rosin was taken into custody without incident at Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. 

“After Rosin was taken into custody officers observed that he smelled like gasoline,” said LAPD officials. 

Rosin, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested and booked for igniting an explosive, and a misdemeanor warrant. Rosin is being held at the Van Nuys Jail on a $501,000 bail.

LAPD Major Crimes Division is handling the investigation with support from LAFD Arson Counter-Terrorism Section (ACTS).

Anyone with any additional information can contact LAPD Major Crimes Division at (213) 486-7220.

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Santa Clarita City Council To Support Sentencing Enhancements For Murder Of Michelle Dorsey

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The Santa Clarita Clarita City Council is set to draft a letter supporting sentencing enhancements for the murder of Michelle Dorsey. 

A five-signature letter is expected to be sent to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, requesting support in urging the District Attorney’s Office to file sentence enhancements in the murder of Michelle Dorsey to the “full extent allowable under state law,” according to the agenda for the May 11 meeting.

Michelle Dorsey’s estranged husband, James Mathew Dorsey, is accused of fatally stabbing the 39-year-old mother of three in her Saugus home. 

The District Attorney’s Office filed five counts against the accused murderer but did not file any sentencing enhancements, according to the City report. 

“By failing to file any sentencing enhancements, law enforcement and criminal justice officials have stated that Ms. Dorsey’s accused murderer potentially faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison,” the agenda reads. 

If sentence enhancements were applied, consistent with state law and findings related to the murder of Michelle Dorsey, including special circumstances of lying in wait and murder committed in the attempt to kidnap, the potential maximum sentence for the accused murderer could be a life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the report. 

As part of the series of special directives, unilaterally adopted in December 2020, District Attorney George Gascon issued Special Directive 20-08, restricting prosecutors from filing a range of sentence enhancements. 

Specifically, Special Directive 20-08 restricts the filing of any prior-strike enhancements, including the Three Strikes Law; gang-related enhancements; violations of bail; and Special Circumstances allegations resulting in a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The City Council adopted a resolution of a vote of no confidence in District Attorney Gascon on March 9, citing significant concerns and opposition to some of the special directives adopted in December 2020, including Special Directive 20-08.

A GoFundMe has been created to support the Dorsey boys, ages 13, 11 and 9.

“Please help the Dorsey/Smith/Jordan family during this difficult time,” wrote Dayna Reed. “All donations will go to the boys and any extra costs the family will be accruing at this time.  Thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Please keep their families in your prayers.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit here.

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