Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center. The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find ... More >>
If you have any stories from this Fourth of July holiday about mishaps with fireworks--safe and sane or unsafe and insane--let us know in the comments. We'll kick things off with injuries to two sad sacks, including one who lost a thumb.
A former math teacher at South Junior High School in Anaheim pleaded no contest in a Long Beach courtroom last week to possessing child pornography.
Don't know whether to feel safer that boats and ships coming into the Port of Long Beach are being screened for radiation or alarmed because I had not known it was a threat. Large container ships are already scanned as part of a separate screening process, but the new "Maritime Chokepoint Operation ... More >>
See update number one with details on the felony charges at the bottom of this post. ORIGINAL POST, Jan. 8, 6:00 P.M.: Iconic punk musician and professional skateboarder Duane Peters was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department on felony charges just before midnight Friday. According to records ... More >>
Various YouTube videos posted mostly by Anonymous types and armchair truthseekers around the world show brutal scenes of Long Beach cops beating, sticking and tasing a suspect on his back. Indeed, these videos spread so fast and caused so much alarm that the Long Beach Police Department has felt ... More >>
*See next page for updates to this story. Cal State Long Beach is under police lockdown right now, according to the school's Twitter feed. The announcement states that police are "engaging threat" and urged students to "obey officials." Original Post, Aug. 13, 4 pm: "An ARMED SUBJECT is in the ar ... More >>
A man was on life support at a Long Beach hospital after jumping off the Belmont Pier into the ocean Sunday wearing a backpack filled with sand, according to police. Lifeguards responding to a possible suicide call threw a buoy into the area of the water where the unidentified man was last seen, re ... More >>
It's not a holiday weekend nor days of non-holiday celebrating like the ones for ol' St. Patrick, but cops will nonetheless be out in force with DUI checkpoints and other enforcement operations aimed at removing boozy and druggy drivers from roads.These kick off tonight with sobriety stops in Santa ... More >>
Inquiring minds want to know: Were Tyler, the Creator and Lebrette Winn separated at birth? Both are 22 and, through my blurry eyes, have similar looks. Both hail from Los Angeles County, Tyler Gregory Okonma from Ladera Heights in the city's southeast and Winn from Long Beach.They've obviously chos ... More >>
When the DA declines to prosecute bad cops, the only justice families can get is financial
See the update at the end of this post about the jury ruling for the dead man's family.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 3, 2:13 P.M.: A $21.5 million civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Long Beach over cops fatally shooting a guy holding a gardening water nozzle on a friend's Belmont Sho ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight and--praise be--the cops are disclosing the location.It's at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue from 8:30 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday.That would put it near City Hall, councilman!
Activists in Long Beach declared victory Sunday afternoon as the parents of 22-year-old man clinging to life were finally allowed to visit him in a hospital he's been in since an undercover police officer shot him Jan. 7.Thus, the focus of a rally Sunday outside St. Mary's Medical Center shifted fro ... More >>
Nine medical marijuana collectives that were raided by Long Beach Police officers in the past two years have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Courthouse in Los Angeles, alleges a total of 21 raids involving strong-arm tactics and m ... More >>
Just a week ago, Temple Israel in Long Beach was rededicated after major improvements were made to the synagogue complex at 269 Loma Ave. "Improvements" added last night were not improvements at all but disgusting swastikas and slogans sprayed onto the place for worshipers from greater Long Beach an ... More >>
*See bottom of post for update: ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 10, 2:44 p.m.: As we reported last month, an Ace Hardware store in Long Beach drew the ire of Long Beach pot activists when it began protesting against the nearby Fourth & Olive marijuana dispensary. Folks protested the store and threatene ... More >>
A 24-year-old man from Orange who was kidnapped Friday in Long Beach, shot and left for dead passed away Monday, according to authorities, who have three suspects in custody. Hector Campos had been seen by witnesses being shoved into a car's trunk in the 1200 block of 10th Street just before noon. O ... More >>
Can community activists save two beloved Long Beach businesses from the wrecking ball of port progress?
Their hands were fast as lightning . . .They would be the three martial artists who helped an agitated owner of a jewelry store foil an attempted armed robbery in Long Beach's Cambodia Town.Thanks to the Good Samaritaninjas, one of three baddies is in custody.
Yesterday marked 20 years since the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King incited several days of violence and looting in South Central Los Angeles. But it's also been 20 years since a similarly motivated uprising erupted in nearby Long Beach, resulting in numerous ... More >>
It's our weekly look back at the Weekly's week that was, with taglines indicating what this taught us.APRIL 14: Ron Thomas, the father of Kelly Thomas, the young man beaten to death by Fullerton cops in July 2011, participates in the Social Justice Summit at Cal State Fullerton. His topic is not ven ... More >>
With our poison pens, shit-smelling sneers and anti-authoritarian upbringings, we here at Weekly Central can be pretty hard on our local police, expecting the same kind of perfection we employ doing our jobs uncov-- . . .. . . Hey! Stop laughing !! . . . This does not mean that we do not acknowledge ... More >>
February's death of Joanna Ramos at the hands of one of the 10-year-old's Frances Willard Elementary School classmates was ruled a homicide, but authorities in Long Beach say no charges will be brought in the case.Long Beach Police released a statement today saying no crime occurred, calling th ... More >>
His journey from Long Beach police informant on cannabis collectives to convicted murderer
UPDATE, FEB. 20, 2:30 P.M.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Ezequiel Garcia was asking for a transfer to be closer to his Murrieta home before Thursday evening's shootings that left Garcia dead and his supervisor Kevin Kozak wounded, the deceased's widow tells KCAL/Channel 9 News. ... More >>
Brandon FergusonUPDATE DEC. 12, 1:15 P.M.: Though there were several incredibly tense moments at the Port of Long Beach this morning as protesters and police squared off, the day ended without any serious incidents. Between 200 and 300 Occupy activists from Irvine, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, La ... More >>
A distraught 26-year-old woman who had been arguing with her boyfriend plunged 75 feet to her death from a Queen Mary walkway to the chilly waters of Long Beach Harbor Monday night. The unidentified woman's 40-year-old boyfriend and two police officers were reportedly treated for hypothermia afte ... More >>
ZerbyUPDATE, NOV. 4, 1:11 P.M.: Family members, attorneys and community organizations are speaking out against the Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles District Attorney, calling the DA's findings "a complete outrage." They're holding rally today at 3:30 p.m. at the LBPD headquarters ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 25, 12:42 P.M.: The 28-year-old man who was stabbed to death early Saturday outside Fern's Bar on Fourth Street in Long Beach has been identified as the incredibly named Tommy Buck Whitson IV of Long Beach. Police have yet to identify the other 28-year-old, who suffered non-life thre ... More >>
Ismael LopezIt won't bring her brother back, but Maria Macias says she thinks she'll feel a little better if she gets to meet the Long Beach police officer who fatally shot her brother, look him in the eye and ask him a question."I want to meet the cop and ask him why. Why did he shoot? Did he ha ... More >>
Big Brother is not only watching you, he can answer in the affirmative, "Can you hear me now?" The American Civil Liberties Union would like to know how much he's listenening, and by "he," I mean "your local cop shop."The Communist Par . . . er, ACLU of California announced today that demands wer ... More >>
. UPDATED, AUG. 1, 1 P.M.: The Long Beach Police Department is offering $10,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the murder of Philip Victory Wiliamson. According to LBPost.com, the award was proposed by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and that inv ... More >>
The ANSWER Coalition is busy trying to sway public opinion against America going to war in Libya, let alone continuing to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a local off-shoot of the grass-roots national movement (which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is not so preoccupied that it can ... More >>
Long Beach Police DepartmentUPDATE, JUNE 17, 11:57 A.M.: Surveillance footage from a camera set up by a nearby business has led to the arrest of 41-year-old Maria Solis on the suspicion of grand theft and burglary, officials say. The video shows the Long Beach woman walking to St. Ant ... More >>
Police are warning Long Beach residents to beware of a person impersonating a city gas utility employee to gain access to homes.Two such incidents were reported last Friday.A statement from the Long Beach Police Department says that all city employees should have identification with them at all time ... More >>
"Loving Memory of Douglas Zerby" Facebook PageA month after the death of Douglas Zerby, the 35-year-old LBC native who was shot and killed by police while holding a water nozzle that looked like a gun, community organizations and family members are demanding a full investigation, along with ... More >>
You know, if you're going to be a disgusting groper of girls on the street, you don't have to lose your manners.Take the brazen and perverted chap who was walking with a limp near South Street and Paramount Boulevard in Long Beach this summer. He ended each grab of nubile flesh with a polite, "Th ... More >>
Wiki CommonsTargeting two of the largest and most violent street gangs in the area, the Long Beach Police Department and the city prosecutor's office announced a new type of injunction at a press conference today. This injunction, a civil order that prohibits documented gang members from partic ... More >>
Maybe this isn't funny, but ... ha ha! A tagger in Long Beach fell from a railroad bridge and injured his leg. He and an alleged accomplice were taken into custody.
It's a case of cops behaving badly. An officer and a former officer from the Long Beach Police Department have been arrested for grand theft of weapons in connection with the previous arrest of Officer Damian Ramos, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported. Ramos had been arrested in August f ... More >>
The FBI announced it made 11 additional arrests this morning tied to a Hawaiian Gardens gang, upping the number of defendants to 24 in the final phase of the nation's largest-ever gang investigation and prosecution that included the participation of Orange County law enforcement agencies and is cred ... More >>
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted an Upland IT contractor for allegedly sabotaging the offshore oil rig computer systems that he helped install for a Long Beach-based company. Mario Azar, 28, was charged Tuesday with a single count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, an al ... More >>
The other day, while getting the website that mirrors your favorite OC alt.-weekly pub ready for ya'all, Clockworken noticed something interesting upon opening Gustavo Arellano's popular column !Ask a Mexican! (Special Cesar Chavez Edition). Along the top of the virtual page was a Google advertiseme ... More >>
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What the hell's going on at the Long Beach Police Department. Reports Nancy "Ride, Nancy" Wride, in today's LA "By God" Times, the LBC fuzz is missing more than a quarter of its shotguns and Lord knows how many revolvers. It just brings to mind a drab, cluttered squad room ala Barney Miller, only in ... More >>
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