LADA April 2023 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  April 6, 2023

Seven California Highway Patrol Officers Charged
in Connection With Death of Edward Bronstein


In a news conference, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced charges were filed against seven California Highway Patrol officers and a registered nurse in the death of 38-year-old Edward Bronstein.

“For the system to work, people must be able to trust law enforcement. Police accountability is critical to building that trust, and it is necessary for public safety,” District Attorney Gascón said, with Mr. Bronstein’s father, Edward Tapia, in attendance. 

The seven officers were each charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault by an officer: Dionisio Fiorella, Michael Little, Dustin Osmanson, Darren Parsons, Diego Romero, Justin Silva and Marciel Terry. Nurse Arbi Baghalian also was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

On March 31, 2020, Mr. Bronstein was driving on Interstate 5 in Burbank when CHP pulled him over for suspected driving under the influence. The officers then took Mr. Bronstein to a nearby CHP parking lot and obtained a warrant to draw his blood. Mr. Bronstein initially refused the blood draw, but then agreed to comply as officers pushed him to the ground and pressed their knees against his back and neck. He died after repeatedly screaming that he could not breathe.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the full news conference here.

Silverado Senior Living Management,
Three Managers Charged in Connection
With 14 COVID-19 Related Deaths


D.A. Gascón announced charges against Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc., and three managers in connection with 14 COVID-related deaths at its residential care facility in 2020. LADA will pursue justice for the 14 lives lost as a result of recklessness during a global pandemic.

Silverado and managers Loren Bernard Shook, Jason Michael Russo and Kimberly Cheryl Butrum have been charged in connection with one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in any assisted facility in California.

The 18-count felony case is related to the deaths of 13 residents and one staff member, and over 100 additional cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the full news conference here.

District Attorney Gascón Announces Charges in
Fatal Stabbing of 17-Year-Old Xavier Chavarin


D.A. Gascón, joined by LAPD and Xavier Chavarin’s family, announced that David Anthony Zapata, 32, was charged with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Xavier Chavarin and the attempted murder of Daniel Villalobos in El Sereno.

Zapata was charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder with the special allegation of personally using a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife.

On March 3, Mr. Chavarin was waiting for his mother in front of a restaurant in El Sereno when the defendant allegedly approached him from behind and stabbed him in the back. The teenager died moments later.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the full news conference here.

District Attorney Gascón Seeking Public's Help
With 15-Year-Old Unsolved Murder


In a news conference, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by family members of Cliff Hibbert Jr., who was shot and killed 15 years ago, as they called for the public’s assistance for his unsolved murder and many other unsolved homicides throughout the county.

Mr. Hibbert, a California State University, Northridge student and his friend were fatally shot in South Los Angeles on March 28, 2008, while on spring break. Mr. Hibbert’s dream was to practice business law and he was working on getting a scholarship to do his internship in Washington, D.C.

If you have information to share, please call LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide at (323) 786-5100. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, (800) 222-8477 or text TIPLA.

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Watch the full news conference here.

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Celebrating Women's History Month


Read profiles on just a few of the amazing women at the LADA here, here and here.

Recognizing International Women's Day


Paying Tribute to the Transgender Community


On Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate and recognize the strength and resilience of the transgender and nonbinary community, and thank LADA’s members who proudly serve in a plethora of positions to advance equality and inclusion for the LGBTQI+ community.

Read profiles of DDA Jessie McGrath and members of our LGBTQ+ Advisory Board here.

Honoring Cesar Chavez


Happy Passover!


Blessed Ramadan


Happy Nowruz!


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Empowering Women Survivors


Thank you for joining our virtual forum, where Angel Gray, campus confidential advocate of sexual assault crisis services at YWCA Greater L.A.; Vanessa Gallardo, interim director at the Downtown Women’s Center; and Yvette Lozano, chief program and operations officer at Peace Over Violence, spoke about women victims becoming survivors.

Watch the forum here.

BVS Crisis Response Team Mobilizes After Crises


LADA’s Bureau of Victim Services’ representative Ashley Meyers discusses the team’s role mobilizing in response to mass violence, such as the mass shooting in our Monterey Park community, where LADA became the leading on-site victim service provider. Tanishia Wright is director of BVS and its Crisis Response Team.

Watch it on TikTok.

Congratulations to LADA's Tiffiny Blacknell
for Honor as Woman of the Year


We congratulate LADA’s Bureau of Communications Director Tiffiny Blacknell on being honored as “Woman of the Year” by the National Action Network L.A. Chapter. Tiffiny delivered the keynote speech at  the Women Changing the World luncheon!

DDA-in-Charge McCartt Helps
Child Victims and Their Families


We recognize DDA-in-Charge Brad McCartt who works closely with Stuart House, a child advocacy center based out of The Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Santa Monica, that provides services and treatment for children who have been victims of sexual abuse.  

Learn about Stuart House here.

Welcome New Investigators!


We congratulate and welcome our new Bureau of Investigation D.A.’s investigators to the LADA family! Chief Robert Arcos swore in three new investigators during a ceremony at the Hall of Justice.

Watch it on TikTok.

University of Chicago Students Visit HOJ


LADA was happy to welcome University of Chicago at the Hall of Justice! Students met with DDAs Tina Hooks, Jessica Kronstadt and Kimberly Toney, and Bureau of Investigation Captain Carlos Villamayor and discussed LADA’s work keeping our communities safe.

Amity Foundation Welcomed at HOJ


Amity Foundation is a community-based organization that provides a variety of resources including supportive services for community members returning home. Amity CEO Doug Bond visited with D.A. Gascón and members of the executive team.

We Thank Our LADA Employees


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LADA Joins in Honoring Sheriff Luna


D.A. Gascón, Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez, Bureau of Investigation Chief Robert Arcos and Law Enforcement Liaison John Perez joined the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers Association for a dinner to honor L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna! Congratulations, Sheriff Luna on this honor!

Watch it on TikTok.

LADA and Antelope Valley Interfaith Leaders Gather


D.A. Gascón, Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez, Communications Director Tiffiny Blacknell and Head Deputy Bob Sherwood met with the Rev. V. Jesse Smith of the Antelope Valley African American Leadership Council, and interfaith leaders to discuss diversion programs and approaches to reducing recidivism.

Celebrating Birthday of Japan's Emperor


D.A. Gascón was honored to join Consul General Kenko Sone for the birthday celebration of the Emperor of Japan. L.A. is home to one of the largest Japanese populations in the country and we appreciate the invitation to celebrate with our community partners on this special day!

Watch it on TikTok.

D.A. Gascón at UCLA Law


D.A. Gascón visited the Criminal Justice Program at UCLA School of Law for a conversation with Professor Ingrid Eagly regarding criminal justice reform and public safety.

Thank you for having us UCLA Law, and for all the great questions from students!

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch more of the visit on TikTok.

LADA Visits USC School of Social Work's
New Trauma Recovery Center


D.A. Gascón and other LADA leaders stopped by the new USC School of Social Work’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck Trauma Recovery Center. They met with Director Dr. Ruth Ann Supranovich and her team to learn about their work expanding services to survivors and takeaways for improving LADA’s Bureau of Victim Services.

Watch it on TikTok.

D.A. Statement on Violence Against Police


Fighting for the Release of Eyvin Hernandez


LADA stood with Eyvin Hernandez’s family and friends, and the community, in calling on the Biden administration to secure Eyvin’s release. The rally took place outside of the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles. Eyvin, a public defender devoting his life to public service and the people of Los Angeles County, has been wrongfully detained in Venezuela since March 2022.

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Volunteer at LADA!


Are you interested in volunteering at LADA? Summer volunteer opportunities are available to high school, college and law school students!  

A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week is required. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 15. Apply here.

LADA's BOI Is Hiring!


Our Bureau of Investigation is hiring a D.A. Investigator Drug Recognition Expert to work on drug-impaired driving and drug-related cases.  

Applicants must meet BOI Investigator hiring requirements and be available to work any assignment at LADA’s Bureau of Investigation: