HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a Southern California high school freshman has been arrested after posting a video showing him stalking, bullying and attacking a classmate.
San Bernardino schools police Chief Joseph Paulino says the alleged bully was arrested for investigation of battery on the grounds of Cajon High School. Paulino says the 14-year-old boy probably would have gotten away with it if he hadn't posted the video Friday on Facebook. Now he faces expulsion.
The 15-year-old victim was pushed and punched but not seriously injured. The video, which was captioned how to "deal with a kid with a big mouth," shows the victim continually walking away from the bully.
Paulino says the student who took the video was disciplined.
LA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ANTI-SWATTING REWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has taken aim against "swatting" — the prank of calling in phony emergencies that has sent police SWAT teams to the homes of celebrities and others.
The council on Wednesday approved a measure allowing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the pranksters.
The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Paul Koretz, who twice became a swatting victim after he championed a crackdown on the prank. In one case in April, Koretz was getting into the shower when police with drawn guns appeared at his apartment.
Also in April, phony 911 calls sent police to the homes of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez.
PRIVATE DONORS PONY UP $1.2M FOR LAPD BODY CAMERAS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the Police Commission said Wednesday he has privately raised more than the $1 million necessary to equip hundreds officers with on-body cameras to increase accountability and reduce complaints by the public.
In September, a week after taking the helm of the LAPD civilian oversight board, Steve Soboroff said he hoped to raise a $1 million for the project.
After 51 days, he said he had raised $1.2 million, primarily by word of mouth, so the department can buy 600 cameras for a field test. The implementation timetable has dropped from a year to nine months.
Soboroff said donations came from Hollywood heavy hitters including director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, plus former mayor Richard Riordan, media giant Casey Wasserman and the Los Angeles Dodgers.