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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called 'a natural' at 'Southland' TV shoot

 Film crews shoot a scene from the season finale of "Southland," in which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck holds a news conference in front of Parker Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Cameras flashed. Reporters took notes. But Friday's press conference outside the old LAPD headquarters wasn't a typical meeting with the media.

For one, it wasn't real.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other police officials spent about 20 minutes -- five takes -- filming a cameo Friday for the season finale of TNT's L.A.-based police drama, "Southland."

“It worked out great, and the chief was a natural,” LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said.

Smith said the real LAPD officers would probably have just a few quick spots in the finale, but said it would be a “very powerful and moving scene and very powerful and moving episode.”

But, as often is the case, reality intruded somewhat on the shoot.

The scene was supposed to be filmed at the new police headquarters, but an unscripted anti-police protest required it to be moved to the old headquarters, Parker Center, a few blocks away. Smith said a permit for the demonstration indicated 500 people would be there, but only four showed up, causing no problems for the television crews.

The LAPD officials involved had the day off, Smith said.

Friday wasn't the first time that an LAPD chief has appeared in a Hollywood production.

Former Chief William J. Bratton made a brief appearance in "People I Know," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival three months after Bratton took the helm of the LAPD in 2002. Bratton played a politician in a role modeled on Rudolph Giuliani, with whom Bratton famously bumped heads when Bratton was top cop in New York City and Giuliani was mayor.

Daryl F. Gates, who led the LAPD from 1978 to 1992, played himself several times in the TV series "Hunter" and in the 1995 made-for-television movie "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam."

And Bernard C. Parks, chief from 1997 to 2002, had a guest spot on the sitcom "Girlfriends," also playing himself.

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Photo: Film crews shoot a scene from the season finale of "Southland," in which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck holds a news conference in front of Parker Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck gets cameo in 'Southland' season finale

Charlie Beck
The Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Charlie Beck have helped contribute to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of plot lines for television and the movies.

But Friday afternoon, Beck will film a cameo for the season finale of the L.A.-based police drama “Southland,” which will be include a mock news conference outside the old police headquarters, Parker Center.

Officials won’t reveal the nature of the appearance, saying they didn’t want to give away the plot. They were also mum on the subject of the news conference, other than to say it involved a “high-profile crime.”

But as often the case, reality intruded somewhat on the shoot. The scene was supposed to be filmed at the new police headquarters, but an unscripted anti-police protest required the shoot to be moved to Parker Center.

It’s not the first time that an LAPD chief has appeared in a Hollywood production.

Former Chief William J. Bratton made a brief appearance in "People I Know," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival three months after Bratton took the helm of the LAPD in 2002. Bratton played a politician in a role modeled off Rudolph Giuliani, with whom Bratton famously bumped heads when he was top cop in New York City and Giuliani was mayor.

Daryl F. Gates, who led the LAPD from 1978 to 1992, played himself several times in the TV series "Hunter" and in the 1995 made-for-television movie "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam."

And Bernard C. Parks, chief from 1997 to 2002, had a guest spot on the sitcom "Girlfriends," also playing himself.

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Photo: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck prepares to film a scene for the season finale of the L.A.-based police drama “Southland. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The chief plays a tough and unforgiving politician in a role modeled
on Rudolph Giuliani, with whom Bratton famously bumped heads when he
was top cop in New York City and Giuliani was mayor.

Dorner case: Women shot at by LAPD could get $40,000 payment soon

Two women whose truck was riddled by police gunfire during the pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner could get a $40,000 cash settlement to replace their vehicle within the next few days, officials say.

It remains to be determined how much additional compensation they will receive for the incident.

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and the women's attorney, Glen Jonas, stressed Thursday that the deal to compensate the women for the loss of the truck is separate from any discussions regarding potential litigation involving the LAPD shooting incident in Torrance.

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“Now that we resolved the issue of the truck, we can now move forward in this matter in an attempt to resolve the other issues in this case related to personal injury aspects,” Trutanich said.

Jonas said he’s optimistic that an agreement can be reached in those matters.

“If we can come to an agreement on the value regarding the damages suffered, then the case can be resolved,” Jonas said. “I’m hopeful that we can do that based on the fact that we were able to work out this issue.”

In addition to the payment, Jonas has agreed to waive $25,000 in attorney fees.

FULL COVERAGE: Sweeping manhunt for ex-cop

The agreement comes several weeks after the women were promised a new truck -- and two days after they publicly complained through Jonas that they had not received a new vehicle.

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Two wounded in South Los Angeles shooting

Two adult males were wounded Thursday afternoon in a possible drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Manchester Avenue, one block east of Avalon Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher No.

He said police were notified of the incident by firefighters.

"One of the victims appeared to be unconscious," No said. Other reports said the victim was not breathing at the scene.

A motive for the shooting was not known. The incident remains under investigation.

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Women shot by LAPD in Dorner pursuit to get $40,000 to buy truck

Dorner truck

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

Two women whose truck was riddled with bullets fired by Los Angeles police officers in a case of mistaken identity during the pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner will a receive $40,000 cash settlement to replace their vehicle.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich announced the deal reached between city officials and the women's attorney, Glen Jonas. Officials stressed that this deal was to compensate the women for the loss of the truck and is separate from any discussions regarding potential litigation involving the LAPD shooting incident in Torrance.

(For the record, 5:31 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Jonas' first name as Glenn.)

The move comes several weeks after the women were promised a new truck -- and two days after they publicly complained through Jonas that they had not received a new vehicle.

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had pledged to provide the truck to Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers fired repeatedly on their blue Toyota Tacoma.

Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass.

The officers were protecting the home of a high-ranking LAPD official named in a threatening manifesto authorities said was written by Dorner, and they believed that official could have been a potential target. Dorner at the time had already killed the daughter of an LAPD captain, her fiance — a USC police officer — and a Riverside police officer, officials said.

Dorner was believed to be driving a gray Nissan Titan and there was a crime broadcast preceding the shooting that said a truck matching Dorner's was in the area.

FULL COVERAGE: Sweeping manhunt for ex-cop

Beck called the shooting "a tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension" hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers. He promised to provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the women.

Jonas said this week the women were first offered a used truck, then a non-four-wheel-drive Ford to replace their four-wheel-drive Toyota. The women also had to agree not to sell it for a year. His clients agreed to that truck, he said.

But then the dealership and LAPD officials said the truck would be considered a prize for tax purposes, Jonas said. "Essentially, they'd have to pay taxes like they won it on a game show."

Jonas said the situation has been compounded by the fact that the women haven't been able to work since being injured.

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Photo: Police officers in pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner fired on this blue Toyota Tacoma, injuring two women delivering newspapers. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Man accused of killing wife with vacuum cleaner in L.A. jail

A fugitive accused of fatally beating his wife to death with a vacuum cleaner in North Las Vegas has been captured by an FBI-Los Angeles police taskforce and is being held in the Los Angeles Police Department jail, police said Wednesday.

The fugitive taskforce arrested Anthony Tyrone Mayo in Mojave on Tuesday morning at a home and took him to the LAPD jail pending an extradition proceeding to return him to Nevada.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mayo last month in connection with the slaying of his wife, 40-year-old Beverly McFarlane, police said.

She was allegedly attacked by Mayo last August, suffering injuries to her head, neck and body. Investigators believe Mayo allegedly strangled his wife and then struck her on the head with the vacuum cleaner.

McFarlane suffered a brain injury and died several weeks after the attack, according to police. Two children were inside the house during the attack but were physically unharmed.

In the aftermath of the attack, Mayo fled. Prosecutors in his absence filed murder, coercion and domestic battery by strangulation charges against him.

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Man charged in crash that led to 2 men losing legs

Photo: The scene of the crash. Credit: KTLA-TVA Paramount man was charged Tuesday with drunken driving after he allegedly drove his BMW into two men standing outside a downtown L.A. strip club, severing their legs, prosecutors said.

Terrence Conrad Meeks, 40, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges including a special allegation that more than one person was injured, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison.

Meeks is accused of leaving Sam's Hofbrau on Olympic Boulevard near McGarry Street early Sunday and  allegedly ramming his BMW into the men, pinning them against a parked Mini Cooper, prosecutors and police said.

One victim's legs were both severed below the knees; the other man's right leg was crushed and later amputated, prosecutors said. Both remain hospitalized.

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Photo: The scene of the crash. Credit: KTLA-TV

No new truck yet for women injured during Dorner manhunt

Two women injured by officers in pursuit of ex-cop Christopher Dorner say they no longer want a truck offered to them by the LAPD after they were told they need to pay "prize" taxes on it, their attorney says.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck pledged to provide the truck to Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance last month when LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets.

Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass. Beck called the shooting "a tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension" hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers.

FULL COVERAGE: Sweeping manhunt for ex-cop

He promised to provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the women.

But Glen Jonas, the women's attorney, said they are still without a truck.

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Hackers target LAPD chief, Jay-Z, Beyonce, many others

Click for more photosHackers on Monday targeted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and an assorted group of other notables, including Vice President Joe Biden and music mega-stars Jay-Z and Beyonce, posting detailed financial information on the Internet.

The information, which included home addresses, Social Security numbers and credit reports, was published on a website that appeared to originate in Russia.

“We’ll take steps to find out who did this, and if they’re within the boundaries of the United States, we’ll prosecute them,” Beck said.

Beck speculated that he was included with the high-profile performers and politicians because of the recent Christopher Dorner saga. Dorner, a fired LAPD officer, killed two police officers and two others last month during a bloody campaign to seek revenge for his firing. Before he died in a standoff with authorities, Dorner in an on-line manifesto praised the network of hackers known as Anonymous. Many people claiming affiliation with the group have voiced support for Dorner on Twitter and in other Web forums.

Others who were singled out included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, singer Britney Spears, actors Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher, and U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder. The accuracy of information released on people other than Beck could not be independently verified by The Times.

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Photo: L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Earthquake: More than 50 aftershocks from California desert temblor

There have been more than 50 aftershocks from a sharp earthquake that struck the Southern California desert Monday.

Although the U.S. Geological Survey initially reported three separate strong quakes, officials told The Times there was one 4.7 temblor that sensors initially counted as three quakes. All the aftershocks were significantly smaller, and no damage was been reported.

“It was a pretty good shake up here,” said Capt. Daniel Heiser of the Riverside County Fire Department.

He said firefighters had not received any reports of damage but they are driving through the community to assess the damage firsthand. The temblor occurred at 9:55 a.m.

People reported feeling the quake as away as Canoga Park, 130 miles from the epicenter, and Sequoia National Park, 250 miles away. Two people in Tijuana also reported to the USGS that they felt it.

The epicenter was about seven and a half miles underground and was about 16 miles southwest of Palm Desert. Dozens of aftershocks have been listed for the area.

The next-largest quake in that area was a 5.6 in 1980, according to the USGS website.

In Los Angeles, police officials said there were no reports of damage.

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