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Officer Involved in Glenn Shooting Investigated Last May

Thursday 21st May, 2015 9:11am

The Los Angeles police officer who shot and killed
homeless man, Brendon Glenn, on Windward Ave., was investigated last year for allegedly filing a false police report. He was however, not charged.

Clifford Proctor, 50, a seven-year department veteran, has been assigned to home duty following the shooting death of 29-year-old Glenn.

In May of last year, Proctor was investigated for allegedly omitting witness statements from a police report, but the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges due to a “lack of sufficient evidence,” according to a charge-evaluation worksheet obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith declined to comment on the case, saying it was a personnel matter.

According to the District Attorney’s Office worksheet, Proctor and his partner were investigating a report of vandalism and violation of a restraining order involving two men, Richard Smith and Salvatori Avini. Smith had taken the restraining order out against Avini.

According to the D.A.’s report, Smith told Proctor he had seen Avini
pull a wooden gate to Smith’s driveway off its hinges. Proctor arrested Avini on suspicion of vandalism and violating the order.

When a detective reviewed Proctor’s report on the arrest, she saw there were two witness names on the cover sheet but no statements from them. When questioned, Proctor said the witnesses were tow truck drivers who claimed they damaged the gate to Smith’s property, and he failed to include their statements
because they conflicted with Smith’s account.

Although Avini still could have been arrested solely for violating the
restraining order, Proctor said that would only be a misdemeanor, and “Iwanted him for a felony,” according to the worksheet.

Proctor submitted another report with the two truck drivers’ statements, and Avini was eventually charged with violating the protective order, according to the report. Avini complained to the LAPD, claiming Proctor falsely arrested him and impounded his vehicle with “evil intent,” according to the D.A.’s memo.

Prosecutors concluded that Proctor did not make false statements, and while it could be argued that omitting information could be considered a false statement, there was “no authority to support such and argument.”

Glenn was shot around 11:30 p.m. May 5 on Windward Avenue just west of Pacific Avenue. Police said officers initially responded to a call about a person harassing people on Windward Avenue. They spoke briefly to the suspect, who walked away toward the boardwalk, police said.

The officers returned to their car but then saw the suspect struggling with someone, apparently a bouncer at the Townhouse bar, on the sidewalk.

The officers approached and a struggle ensued, ending with the shooting.

Glenn was buried yesterday in New York.

Support Venice Arts and Meet Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga’s charity theCheek to Cheek Lady Gaga Tony Bennett Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts will feature Venice Arts at an upcoming stop of      Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Cheek to
Cheek tour in Los Angeles on Sunday,May 31, 2015.

Additionally, Venice Arts will receive the proceeds from a pair of tickets to the show and a meet and greet with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that will be auctioned off by CharityBuzz at: https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/816202

The initiative is part of a partnership between Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts to highlight exceptional nonprofit organizations at Cheek to Cheek stops across the country. Organizations are chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in empowering young people to become compassionate, creative, and brave.

Venice Arts will be featured prominently at the show and staff and  volunteers of the local Venice charity will have the opportunity to interact with the thousands of fans who will be at the concert, increasing awareness of the services and programs the organization offers.

“We are honored to have our transformative work with low-income youth in Los Angeles recognized by the Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts, who share our commitment to empowering youth to discover and develop their own creative voices.” said Lynn Warshafsky, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Venice Arts.

Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-based arts education programs. For the past 22 years, Venice Arts’ program of free media arts instruction, mentoring, and internship opportunities has opened windows of Venice Artspossibility for thousands of poor and low-income children. Since the start of 2014, students have received nearly 40 prestigious national, state, and local awards, including: Presidential Scholar in the Arts; National YoungArts Awards; California Scholastic Arts Awards; and the Music Center’s Spotlight Award. Graduating seniors this past spring went off to colleges including Boston University and NYU, some on full scholarships.

Rickie Bautista has been a student at Venice Arts for the past four years. He is currently enrolled in an advanced photography class while working as a paid intern at the Lincoln Blvd. creative space. Photo by Melanie Camp
Rickie Bautista has been a student at Venice Arts for the past four
years. He is currently enrolled in an advanced photography class
while working as a paid intern at the Lincoln Blvd. creative space. Photo by Melanie Camp

“Born This Way Foundation is thrilled to partner with Exploring the Arts to shine a light on the work these exceptional local organizations do for the young people they support. We share a mission to inspire and empower today’s youth and the resources and services these groups are providing in their communities are critical to that goal,” said Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation.

“Exploring the Arts and Born This Way Foundation were founded with the goal of touching the lives of young people and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders. The local organizations we’re featuring share this commitment, working hard every day to uplift young people in their areas,” said Susan Benedetto, Co-Founder of Exploring the Arts.

This initiative reflects Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to working with local and national allies – from GLSEN and YMCA to Youth Service America – to reach hundreds of thousands of young people directly. These relationships have enabled the organization to connect youth around the country with services and programing in their communities. Similarly, the partnership reflects Exploring the Arts’ deep history of engaging local organizations to improve arts education in public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

Read the Yo! Venice feature on Venice Arts here. 

Local Charity Fundraising for Glenn’s Funeral

Saturday 16th May, 2015 10:20am

Today Brendon Glenn’s Sister will graduate from school as a licensed Social Worker, heartbroken, knowing the skills she has acquired while studying just might have played a part in saving her brother’s life.

Brendon Glenn, affectionately known amongst his peers as Dizzle, had only been in Venice 2 months when at around 11:30pm on Tuesday 5th, May police respond to a 911 call regarding a man disturbing the peace. A scuffle broke out between Glenn and the police outside Townhouse on Windward Ave., resulting in one officer firing two shots at Glenn.  Glenn later died in hospital.

In an open letter to Yo!Venice Lauri Burns, founder of The Teen Project – a charity that has successfully helped thousands of LA’s homeless off the streets, writes of the suffering Glenn’s family now faces.

The Teen Project is currently seeking donations to help Glenn’s family bring him home to New York for a funeral and also to help support the son he leaves behind.

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“I am writing to encourage those who were impacted by the shooting of Brendon Glenn to become part of the group of angels that are making a difference for this young man’s family (his mom, sister, grandma and beautiful three year old son) at this very difficult time by helping to cushion this tragedy with support, positive light and love on the heels of extreme heartbreak.

I am the Founder of The Teen Project.  I was also a homeless youth and someone gave me a chance.  Free shelter and grant for technical school.  I became a Director of Information Technology at Northrop Grumman for 15 years, I have 32 foster kids now and started the charity eight years ago.  We give them what I was given, safe shelter and an education. The Teen Project has moved 126 kids off the streets of Venice in just 3 years.   Of the 126 kids we served, 5 were from California.

Many of our kids (like our biological kids) have their breakdowns.  Brendon was working with our drop in center manager, Timothy Pardue and had been at our Purpose Driven group prior to the shooting.   He was ready to return home to his mom.  I have a post of the vigil on ABC7 News that took place with the homeless kids two nights after the shooting below.

As parents, I plead with you to help pay this forward in the hopes that we never have to go through this ourselves.  My son was killed last year as well, so unfortunately I know how hard the road ahead will be for this family.

It is without doubt that Brendon had his flaws (as many of us do) but without further doubt, I can assure you he was a remarkably loving father and son.  He spoke with his mom every day on the phone (most days several times) and Skyped with his three year old son every Sunday.  Brendon had phoned his mom moments prior to the shooting.   I cannot tell you how absolutely devastated the family is.

His sister will graduate from school as a licensed Social Worker today.   Her words, “I don’t know how I will do this without him.   Brendon has always been at all of my graduations.”  Brendon’s mom and grandma were planning on coming to Venice with his son to surprise him and bringing him home for this.  She is committed to walking with her class… the only thought keeping her going — that he is watching her from above, all the while knowing she may be crying as she walks.

Brendon is an upstate New York native.  Brendon’s family wishes to transport his body home to rest in their family plot, next to his grandmother.  They need our help to do it.  I am not a rich woman, but I donated $1,000 of my personal salary.   I am not asking that you match me… just donate anything to join our angels.  Tami Pardee donated the cost of housing for 13 kids to move off the street this week and helped with food for the vigil.  Mark Sokol, owner of Erwin Hotel and Larry’s supports us to move kids of the street every month.  Brad Neal paid for food at the vigil with Paige Gesualdo.   Tommy Lasorta, donated 300 pairs of shoes and Bank of Venice provided all of the beverages, tea and coffee. The vigil is here – following the balloons are pictures of Brendon that will be shown at his memorial https://youtu.be/J6Sh1A1Hh2g

Let’s get Brendon home and lay him to rest where he will be able to be joined one day by the loving family he was taken from too soon.

You can donate on the GO FUND ME site directly here http://www.gofundme.com/uh9vegk

For TAX WRITE-OFF, donate here www.theteenproject.com/donate.asp and choose toward the bottom, I want to send a one-time donation – write Brendon Glenn in the memo and the entire amount will go to the family with a card in your name.

We have raised $5,381 of $25,000 desired to send his body home and prepare for a traditional burial and support the family through a two week period.

Thank you all for you generosity and kindness.”

Lauri Burns, Founder, The Teen Project, Inc.

www.theteenproject.com

70 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA  92691

The Venice PAD (Protection & Direction) Drop in Center

 

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Protest Planned Today on Windward Ave

Friday 15 May, 2015 9:09am

Protesters are expected to descend upon Windward Ave today at the site of the Brendon Glenn shooting.

The aim of the protest, to not only remember Glenn through a morning of creative, non-violent action, but also to forcefully urge the LAPD to release a security video taken from Townhouse that captured the shooting.

Brendon Glenn, affectionately known amongst his peers as Dizzle, had only been in Venice 2 months when at around 11:30pm on Tuesday 5th, May police respond to a 911 call regarding a man disturbing the peace. A scuffle broke out between Glenn and the police resulting in one officer firing two shots at Glenn.  Glenn later died in hospital.

LAPD Chief of Police, Charlie Beck said after seeing video footage of the incident that he is “very concerned” about the shooting, adding that it generally takes “extraordinary circumstances” for police to shoot an unarmed person, and it’s unclear if those circumstances existed in Tuesday night’s shooting.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, called Beck’s comments “completely irresponsible” and said it is too early to suggest the shooting may have been improper.

“As in the criminal justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We encourage everyone to reserve judgment until the investigation has run its course, and the facts are collected and assessed,” Lally said.

Beck said the department is working with the District Attorney’s Office and the LAPD’s independent inspector general to investigate the shooting.

“We will expend all resources to find out the truth of what happened … on Windward Avenue,” he said.

Glenn, who came from New York City and struggled with drugs and alcohol. Glenn had sought shelter and assistance at The Teen Project’s Venice P.A.D. homeless center, according to the center’s Timothy Pardue.

Glenn leaves behind a 3 year old son, The P.A.D. have begun a fundraising effort that will not only help send Glenn’s body home to his family but help his young child.

Today’s protest will coincide with the City of Los Angeles Sanitation sweep. The sweep previously a bi-monthly activity taken by the City to clean up abandoned belongings along Ocean Front Walk, will increase from today to a weekly cleanup.

Police Car Crashes outside Heather’s Flowers Venice

Thursday 14th May 2:47pm

An LAPD patrol car rushing to a call skidded out of control at the intersection outside Heather’s Flowers at Washington and Pacific Blvds., this afternoon.

The officer driving escaped injury but the front of his vehicle did not, headlights smashed, radiator destroyed, and hood buckled from the impact of hitting a parked SUV on Pacific Blvd.

The officer was responding as backup to a call, that had escalated, regarding a homeless man . Earlier police had been assisting a the man on Speedway and 29th when he became agitated. Police on Homeless call on Speedway

Several patrol cars and the helicopter raced to the scene. Where they quickly bought the situation  back under control.

LAFD were also there to help the man.

Rassol Darabian (picturedHeathers Flowers Police Crash), owner of Heather’s Flowers was looking out at the rain when he saw the police car loose control as it turned the corner of Washington and Pacific.

“I heard it, I knew he was going to hit something, thank God it was not a person. I usually park my car there for loading flowers, luckily it was not there today, otherwise he would have definitely hit my car, definitely.” said Darabian

“This is a very bad corner anyway, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen. So many things happen here, they should do something about it. I see so many accidents at this corner.” said Darabian.

With regards to the officer driving Darabian said, “They gotta do what they gotta do, but they’ve got to be careful too.”

With rain expected to continue tomorrow the crash is a timely warning to stay safe on the roads because even a well trained professional driver is not always a match for a slippery LA road in the rain.