LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today unveiled the multi-agency SAFE LA Task Force's webpage, where people can view photos of suspects wanted for involvement in looting, arson and other serious crimes that occurred during recent protests and demonstrations against police brutality.
“The intended purpose of the SAFE LA Task Force is to conduct criminal investigations for significant crimes during the protests and demonstrations in Los Angeles which started on May 29,'' according to an LAPD statement.
The task force, formed earlier this month, includes personnel from the LAPD, FBI, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and U.S. Attorney's Office, along with the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Torrance police departments.
At a news conference outside LAPD headquarters, Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher said the task force has investigated more than 150 assaults on officers and civilians, including five attempted murders of officers, and has made arrests in four of the attempted murder cases, with charges filed against suspects.
Several arsons are also under investigation, along with dozens of looting incidents and the destruction of seven police vehicles, Pitcher said.
“The purpose of the webpage is to request the public's assistance in identifying suspects of looting, burglary, robbery, vandalism, arson and assault crimes in the city of Los Angeles during the protests and demonstrations,'' according to a police statement. “The webpage will contain pictures and video of suspects to be identified.''
Tipsters who provide credible information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for rewards of up to $10,000. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call 213-486-6840. Tipsters may also submit an online tip, video, or pictures to SAFELATIPS@lapd.online.
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