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Bench Memos - National Review

Bench MemosNational ReviewThis one hits close to home: Keith Boyer, a police officer in my hometown of Whittier, California, was shot to death on Monday at an intersection near my childhood home. Police have identified Michael Christopher Mejia as the suspect in Boyer's killing.and more »

No, criminal justice reforms didn't cause a Whittier police officer's killing - Los Angeles Times;

No, criminal justice reforms didn't cause a Whittier police officer's killing - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesNo, criminal justice reforms didn't cause a Whittier police officer's killingLos Angeles TimesThe overwhelming grief felt by Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper following the brutal killing Monday of Officer Keith Boyer is understandable. But public officials need to be held accountable for false or misleading statements that are calculated to ...and more »

Suspect In Killing Of Whittier Officer Was Arrested 5 Times For Probation Violations, Authorities Say - CBS Local;

Suspect In Killing Of Whittier Officer Was Arrested 5 Times For Probation Violations, Authorities Say - CBS Local

CBS LocalSuspect In Killing Of Whittier Officer Was Arrested 5 Times For Probation Violations, Authorities SayCBS LocalLOS ANGELES (AP) — California's efforts to ease overcrowding in state prisons did not lead to an early release of a gang member accused of killing a police officer and wounding another but may have shortened the amount of time he was locked up for ...and more »

Keith Boyer, 53 - Los Angeles Times;

Keith Boyer, 53 - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesKeith Boyer, 53Los Angeles TimesWhittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, a 53-year-old white man, was shot and killed on Monday, Feb. 20, at the intersection of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, according to authorities. Boyer and two other officers were called to the scene ...and more »

Suspect in Whittier police officer's shooting death still in ICU, surviving officer released from hospital - The Whittier Daily News;

Suspect in Whittier police officer's shooting death still in ICU, surviving officer released from hospital - The Whittier Daily News

The Whittier Daily NewsSuspect in Whittier police officer's shooting death still in ICU, surviving officer released from hospitalThe Whittier Daily NewsMembers of the community place flowers in memory of slain Whittier Police officer Keith Boyer at the Whittier Police Department's Police Officer Memorial in Whittier, Calif. on Tuesday February 21, 2017. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News ...and more »

Police Chief Blames California Early Release Program for Cop's Murder - Breitbart News;

Police Chief Blames California Early Release Program for Cop's Murder - Breitbart News

Breitbart NewsPolice Chief Blames California Early Release Program for Cop's MurderBreitbart NewsWhittier Police Chief Jeff Piper has blamed Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial early prison release program for the murder of one of his officers on Monday. Officer Keith Boyer, 53, was shot dead when he and his partner, Patrick Hazell, responded to a ...and more »

California officer's slaying prompts call for probe - Wink News;

California officer's slaying prompts call for probe - Wink News

Wink NewsCalifornia officer's slaying prompts call for probeWink NewsLOS ANGELES (AP) A California criminal justice reform initiative played no role in the length of the prison sentence of a gang member who is accused of shooting two police officers, one of whom died, officials said Tuesday. Michael Christopher Mejia ...and more »

Suspect in California police officer shooting death arrested 5 times in last 7 months - The Mercury News;

Suspect in California police officer shooting death arrested 5 times in last 7 months - The Mercury News

The Mercury NewsSuspect in California police officer shooting death arrested 5 times in last 7 monthsThe Mercury NewsMichael Christopher Mejia, 26, of Los Angeles, was identified Tuesday by authorities as the suspect in the fatal shootings of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer and 46-year-old Roy Torres, the suspect's cousin. Mejia was released from prison under a ...and more »

Michael Christopher Mejia's Mugshot: Alleged Cop Killer's Face Tattoo Gets Buzz - The Inquisitr;

Michael Christopher Mejia's Mugshot: Alleged Cop Killer's Face Tattoo Gets Buzz - The Inquisitr

The InquisitrMichael Christopher Mejia's Mugshot: Alleged Cop Killer's Face Tattoo Gets BuzzThe InquisitrThe booking photo of 26-year-old Michael Christopher Mejia is getting lots of attention online, with the undated mugshot from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department showing Mejia with an imposing face and neck tattoo. Michael is suspected of ...and more »

Whittier police officer shooting: KPCC reporters explain what's fact, what's speculation and put it all in context - 89.3 KPCC;

Whittier police officer shooting: KPCC reporters explain what's fact, what's speculation and put it all in context - 89.3 KPCC

89.3 KPCCWhittier police officer shooting: KPCC reporters explain what's fact, what's speculation and put it all in context89.3 KPCCPeople gather in Whittier for a vigil for police officer Keith Boyer, who was shot and killed Monday morning after he and another officer tried to pat down a motorist involved in a traffic accident. Kyle Stokes. Vector triangle white. Listen to this ...and more »

Remembering Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer - NBC Southern California;

Remembering Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer - NBC Southern California

NBC Southern CaliforniaRemembering Whittier Police Officer Keith BoyerNBC Southern CaliforniaThe Whittier Police Department and greater Whittier community has continued to mourn a veteran police officer who was allegedly killed by a suspected gang member who was recently released from prison and linked to a homicide earlier in the day.and more »

Officer Keith Boyer's death a blow to Whittier, all of Southern California - OCRegister;

Officer Keith Boyer's death a blow to Whittier, all of Southern California - OCRegister

OCRegisterOfficer Keith Boyer's death a blow to Whittier, all of Southern CaliforniaOCRegisterTheresa Mendoza, who said she had been formerly homeless and knew the officer, adds a rose to a growing memorial for Whittier, Calif., Police Officer Keith Boyer in Whittier Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. 0 Comments. By Orange County Register Editorial Board ...and more »

Will California officer's death be a turning point for AB 109? - The Mercury News;

Will California officer's death be a turning point for AB 109? - The Mercury News

The Mercury NewsWill California officer's death be a turning point for AB 109?The Mercury NewsA man with gang ties suspected of killing a Whittier Police officer Monday benefitted from lesser punishments for repeat offenders enacted under a controversial 2011 prison-reform law, records show. But statistics on the fallout from the law do not ...and more »

Fallen Whittier police officer honored by fellow officers in Orange County procession - OCRegister

Fallen Whittier police officer honored by fellow officers in Orange County processionOCRegisterA procession for slain Whittier police officer Keith Boyer heads east on 6th Street in Santa Ana. The caravan, made up of Santa Ana police and California Highway Patrol officers, was traveling from the Orange County Coroner's office to Rose Hills ...and more »

California Cop Killer Was an AB 109 Probationer Under Gov. Brown - Bearing Arms

California Cop Killer Was an AB 109 Probationer Under Gov. BrownBearing ArmsOn Monday, two police officers in Whittier, CA were involved in a shooting with a known gang member who was released from prison on parole last week. At approximately 8 a.m., Officers Keith Boyer and Patrick Hazell responded to a traffic collision when ...and more »

Officer Killed by Just-Freed Felon – and Fed-Up Police Chief Tells Voters to Look in the Mirror - Independent Journal Review;

Officer Killed by Just-Freed Felon – and Fed-Up Police Chief Tells Voters to Look in the Mirror - Independent Journal Review

Independent Journal ReviewOfficer Killed by Just-Freed Felon – and Fed-Up Police Chief Tells Voters to Look in the MirrorIndependent Journal ReviewPolice say it was a recently released hard core gangster who shot two cops in Whittier, California, on Monday; one of the officers has died. Now, not only is the community in mourning, a weeping, exasperated police chief told voters Monday that “enough ...and more »

Gang member accused of killing Whittier officer expected to survive shootout wound - MyNewsLA.com;

Gang member accused of killing Whittier officer expected to survive shootout wound - MyNewsLA.com

MyNewsLA.comGang member accused of killing Whittier officer expected to survive shootout woundMyNewsLA.comMichael Christopher Mejia is suspected of gunning down Whittier police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The reputed gang member who allegedly shot and killed Whittier Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer is in ...and more »

Police blame reform for putting a convicted felon suspected of killing a Whittier officer back on the street. The ... - Los Angeles Times;

Police blame reform for putting a convicted felon suspected of killing a Whittier officer back on the street. The ... - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesPolice blame reform for putting a convicted felon suspected of killing a Whittier officer back on the street. The ...Los Angeles TimesSoon after returning to Los Angeles from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016, Michael Christopher Mejia was in trouble again. An imposing physical presence at 6 feet, 3 inches, with face and neck tattoos that trumpeted his gang membership, Mejia was ...and more »

Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation - WTOP;

Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation - WTOP

WTOPGang member accused in officer's slaying was on probationWTOPThis undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Michael Christopher Mejia, 26. Authorities have identified Mejia as the suspect they say fatally shot Whittier, Calif., police officer Keith... LOS ANGELES (AP ...and more »

Whittier Police Chief decries early release laws in fatal shooting of Whittier Officer - San Diego 6

Whittier Police Chief decries early release laws in fatal shooting of Whittier OfficerSan Diego 6The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it's setting the record straight. The Department said a parolee who is charged with killing a Whittier Police Officer was not released early from prison. This after Whittier's Police ...and more »