LBPD Made Only One Fireworks Related Arrest (A Felony) On July 4th
|(July 9, 2021, 4:55 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned (examining LBPD's July 4 booking log) and confirmed (via LBPD PIO Allison Gallagher) that LBPD made one July 4 fireworks related arrest. It was felony and previously reported by LBREPORT.com).
LBPD made no July 4 misdemeanor fireworks arrests. It issued no July 4 fireworks related citations (tickets.)
On July 4. LBPD:
LBPD's booking log shows the sole fireworks related July 4th arrest involved a 27 year old Compton woman, arrested in the 500 block of Esther St. (one block south of PCH between Long Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Ave.), booked on suspicion of violating CA Penal Code section 69, a felony, which makes it a crime to attempt "by means of any threat or violence, to deter or prevent an executive officer from performing any duty imposed upon the officer by law, or who knowingly resists, by the use of force or violence, the officer, in the performance of his or her duty." It's a more serious charge than the crime of resisting arrest (CA Penal Code 148) because CPC 69 involves the alleged use of threats of violence and applies to more executive duties than just making an arrest. LBPD also booked the arrestee on suspicion of violating LB Municipal Code section 18.48.720, a misdemeanor, making it "unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks...
LBPD's release indicates that during the July 4th 24 hour period, the City's Dispatch Center handled 511 fireworks-related calls and during July 4 peak time (8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.) received 301 calls to its 9-1-1 and the non-emergency line, an average of seven calls per minute.
The 511 fireworks related calls were part of 3,852 total calls to the City's 9-1-1 plus non-emergency line. The total 3,852 calls produced 1,261 calls-for-service (details not immediately available on how many calls for service were fireworks-related.)
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, LBPD responded to at least two July 4th shootings in which it made one arrest.
|LBPD's release indicated the public also submitted more than 270 fireworks-related complaints to the City Prosecutor's Fireworks Complaint Public Portal (which includes the City Communications Center's non-emergency line and emails to LBPD police patrol divisions with fireworks activity.) Of the more than 270 complaints, nine have sufficient detail to be "actively investigated" by the City Prosecutor's office. (In 2020, the City received more than 460 such complaints of which only three provided sufficient detail to prosecute.) Under a newly enacted City Council ordinance, the more than 270 reports "may be considered" for potential civil fines for the host of the property if criminal prosecution isn't possible.
Clarifier/Correction: Our July 9 story above "LBPD Made Only One Fireworks Related Arrest (A Felony) On July 4th" is accurate on that headlined point and accurate in stating that LBPD made only non-fireworks-related arrests on July 4. However, the author confused 15 non-fireworks related arrests with citations issued. LBPD issued 15 fireworks related citations. Our text above has been corrected accordingly. The author regrets the error.
July 11, 9:20 p.m. Details added re July 4 fireworks related felony arrest.
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