Blue-haired woman arrested for scrawling anti-Trump graffiti on government buildings, police say

Los Angeles Times

Police said Tuesday they had captured the blue-haired woman who scrawled anti-Donald Trump graffiti on four Los Angeles County buildings. Surveillance cameras filmed a woman Sunday as she used a can of blue spray paint to deface multiple walls in downtown L.A. with vulgarities about Trump and other writings about the president-elect, according to Deputy Kelvin Moody, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The markings were found on the Hall of Justice, Hall of Records, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center and the county's Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant. Officials released surveillance images of the woman, who wore a plaid shirt and had a distinct mop of blue hair. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Department officers on patrol near 1st Street and Soto Avenue stopped a woman for having an open container in public and immediately recognized her as the suspect from the graffiti investigation.


Cellphone video shows police fatally shooting unarmed 19-year-old Fresno man

Los Angeles Times

New cellphone video shows police officers shooting an unarmed 19-year-old Fresno man lying on the ground at a gas station. The video, obtained by the Fresno Bee, shows Dylan Noble lying on the ground on June 25 as two officers with their guns drawn stand feet away from him. As officers yell, "Keep your hands up," and other commands, one shot was fired. Seconds later, a third officer approaches the pair, and another shot rings out. At one point during the video, Noble can be seen raising his arm and saying, "I've been shot."


Starbucks customers help capture robbers who stole woman's laptop, police say

Los Angeles Times

Berkeley police say Starbucks customers helped them capture armed robbers who made off with a woman's laptop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two Oakland men, ages 19 and 22, were arrested for the apparent robbery at a Starbucks about a mile from the campus of UC Berkeley. Police said witnesses described a man ripping a laptop away from a woman and heading for the exit, but a customer moved to block the door. The robber pulled out a gun, police said, and the customer moved away from the door. Police said a Starbucks patron told them a getaway vehicle and driver were waiting for the man.


South Gate police officer, wife found dead in Long Beach condo

Los Angeles Times

A South Gate police officer and his wife were found fatally shot at their Long Beach condo, and police said Tuesday that the double shooting was under investigation as a possible murder-suicide. Officers were called about 10 p.m. Monday to a possible domestic violence incident in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The condo's door was ajar, and inside, officers found Kyle Kurian, 25, and his wife, Greta Kurian, 22, with gunshot wounds in their upper torsos, police said. Greta Kurian was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, a rookie South Gate police officer, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Protests erupt across California over police violence but are tempered by Dallas massacre

Los Angeles Times

Protests were held across California on Friday -- with more planned this weekend -- to express concern about police violence but also to honor the officers killed in the Dallas massacre. The largest of the demonstrations was in downtown San Francisco, where an estimated 1,000 marchers gathered. A smaller demonstration was held at the Huntington Beach Pier. More than 200 people on Friday gathered outside the state Capitol for a small but passionate Black Lives Matter rally, hours after at least five Dallas police officers and multiple people were wounded in a sniper attack. No one association was behind the event, which was organized entirely on social media by social justice activists and residents rattled by the events in Dallas and the most recent fatal shootings by police of two African American men: Philando Castile, who was shot and killed in his car by a police officer in Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot several times while he was held on the ground by police outside a Louisiana convenience store.