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April 2018 Archives

LAPD Officers Cleared of Wrongdoing Involving Death of Man Who Had a Toy Gun

Two LAPD officers were cleared this week by the city's Board of Police Commissioners. They shot a man named Eric Rivera, 20, who was holding a toy gun before running him over with their squad car. Upon approaching Rivera, the officer driving the squad car jumped out with such haste and failed to put the vehicle in park and caused it to roll forward onto Rivera.

James Toback Receives No Charges after Multiple Women Accuse Him of Sexual Battery

Film director James Toback has been accused of potentially violating state laws including sexual battery and indecent exposure. Four women accused him of attacking them between 1978 and 2008 but the statute of limitations has expired.

Toback had denied any wrongdoing that involved the accusers. Three women all shared the similar story mentioning that Toback rubbed his penis on their legs until he ejaculated and were afraid to come forward after the incident took place. Two other women claimed that he tried to convince them to engage in sexual intercourse with him. One woman alleged that he pushed her and proceeded to expose himself. Another woman said that he tried to kiss her while groping her body.

Julie Esphorst Files Civil Lawsuit Against Drivers That Killed Her Son in a Car Crash

16-year-old athlete Jesse Esphorst Jr. was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Torrance last year. He was a varsity shortstop at South High School in Torrance and was a star athlete.

Jesse was killed on his way home from dinner after a successful game against the Hawthorne High Spartans. His father's mini van was hit on Crenshaw by a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle and Audi A6 that had been racing and ran a red light while doing so. Tung Ming, a 22-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes resident, was driving the Mercedes and stopped at the scene. The other driver, 29 year-old- Darryl Leander Hicks, Jr. of Los Angeles, was driving the Audi and ditched his car.

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