LADA January 2024 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  January 31, 2024

District Attorney Gascón Announces Conviction
of Sheriff's Deputy in Fatal On-Duty Shooting


In the first conviction in an officer-involved shooting in 20 years in Los Angeles County, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a former sheriff’s deputy was convicted in the 2019 on-duty fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Ryan Twyman, in his vehicle in the city of Willowbrook.

“Justice has been served for Mr. Twyman’s family who have spent years mourning the loss of their loved one,” District Attorney Gascón said. “This verdict reflects my office’s unwavering commitment to ensuring that every individual, regardless of their profession, is held accountable for their actions.”

Andrew Lyons of El Segundo pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, and one count of assault under the color of authority. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor Hunter accepted the defendant’s plea.

Lyons is expected to be sentenced to two-years’ formal probation; the maximum term allowed by law. As a condition of his probation, Lyons will serve 30 days in county jail, voluntarily surrender his POST certification, and pay all fines and fees.

Watch the full press conference here.

Read our press release here.

D.A. Gascón Announces Charges in
Sexual Assault Cases in Culver City and
Long Beach, Seeks Additional Victims


District Attorney George Gascón, alongside Culver City Police Department Chief Jason Sims and Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief of Investigations Don Mauk, announced felony charges in two separate cases.

In the first case, out of Culver City, Marcos Maldonado was charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in her Culver City home. In the second case, out of Long Beach, Martin Lopez was arrested for impersonating a police officer and charged with sexually assaulting and attempting to kidnap a woman.

It is believed that there may be more victims of both Lopez and Maldonado and we encourage them to come forward.

If anyone has information regarding Lopez, please contact the Long Beach Police Department (CA) at (562) 570-7368.

If anyone has information regarding Maldonado, please call the Culver City Police Department at (310) 253-6302 or email

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the full press conference here.

Read our press release here.

Remembering Those We Lost in Monterey Park


One year ago, L.A. County faced a tragic event that shook us to our core. We remember the 11 lives lost in the Monterey Park shooting. We remain committed to seeking justice, supporting the families who suffered a horrific tragedy, preventing gun violence, and fostering a safer future for all. Let us honor the memories of those we lost by continuing our collective efforts to build a more compassionate and resilient community. Together, we stand united against senseless violence.

During a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, the board proclaimed Lunar New Year 2024 and memorialized the one-year anniversary of the Star Ballroom mass shooting in Monterey Park and the heroic efforts of Brandon Tsay. Board members recognized the cities of Monterey Park and Alhambra for their steadfast efforts in healing their communities in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Board members also recognized the efforts of community-based organizations along with County departments including the District Attorney’s Victim Services Bureau for providing continued critical services and support for those affected.

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We Honor Martin Luther King Jr.


Celebrating Korean American Day


On Korean American Day and every day, we celebrate the contributions of our many Korean American colleagues at LADA. Thank you Captain Daewon Kim and all of our Korean American colleagues for your dedication.

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Acknowledging Our BOI on
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Did you know LADA’s Bureau of Investigation is the county’s fourth-largest law enforcement agency? LADA maintains a staff of nearly 300 sworn peace officers, known as D.A. investigators, who conduct some of the most unique, sensitive and complex criminal investigations in law enforcement.

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and always, we thank each and every one of our BOI investigators for their work and dedication to the people of Los Angeles County!

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BVS Recognizes Stalking Awareness Month
by Holding Forum for Survivors


Thank you to our Bureau of Victim Services for holding an important virtual Community Provider Forum in recognition of Stalking Awareness Month: “Tools for Survivors of Stalking and Service Providers.”

Speakers from multiple agencies joined LADA’s BVS Director Tanishia Wright and Bureau of Communications Field Deputy Shari Farmer to discuss signs to look for, resources and ways to connect to our Bureau of Victim Services for victims of stalking.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the forum here.

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LADA Provides Services to Wage Theft Victims


Ryann Gerber Jorban of LADA’s Labor Justice Unit joined our community partners at an aid and relief triage resource fair hosted by Thai Community Development Center in Thai Town recently.

The event focused on providing resources to indigenous Guatemalan workers who were victims of labor exploitation in a case investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor against poultry factories in La Puente and City of Industry earlier this year.

The workers, including exploited children, attended the event to receive updates on the DOL settlement for back wages, food and COVID-19 resources, public benefit enrollments, education on workers’ rights, and immigration relief.

Thank you to all of our partners across L.A. County for their steadfast support of fair treatment of workers and Thai CDC for bringing everyone together.

AAPI Advisory Board Educates Older People
on Abuse and Scams in Downtown L.A.


We thank our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advisory Board for holding an excellent Know Your Rights Workshop on elder abuse and scams in downtown L.A.




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