EDM Thursday Update: Gas Leak in California, Chicago Police, San Bernardino
Emergency and disaster management Thursday update for December 17, 2015: A gas leak north of Los Angeles forces residents to relocate and raises environmental concerns, the Chicago Police is under investigation by the Department of Justice, and San Bernardino suspect Syed Farook's former neighbor is arrested.
Gas Leak north of Los Angeles
- Los Angeles County officials declared a state of emergency after a serious natural gas leak near Porter Ranch, CA started causing both health and environmental concerns.
- Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has paid to relocate more than 1,600 residents and a new resource center opened to help those in need.
- At least two schools have already been closed and local officials are considering options for relocating students.
- An executive with SoCalGas said that it might take months to fix the leak.
- The gas leak has already sent billions of pounds of methane into the air, exposing methane gas as a possible hidden climate threat .
Chicago Police under investigation
- Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was formerly indicted in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald that occurred in October 2014. Van Dyke has been charged with six counts of murder.
- This case was put in the spotlight after a judge ordered the public release of a dashcam video that had footage of the shooting.
- The Department of Justice is reportedly investigating a 'code of silence' that may exist within the Chicago Police Department (CPD).
- The recent scrutiny on the CPD is leading some to question why the city has paid millions but punished few officers in the recent past.
San Bernardino investigation update
- San Bernardino suspect Syed Farook's former neighbor Enrique Marquez was arrested today in connection with the shooting. Federal prosecutors are still preparing formal charging documents.
- No charges have been publicly released but it is expected that Federal officials will charge Marquez with gun law violations, as Marquez supplied guns to the suspected shooters.
- Law enforcement officials are also still investigating whether Marquez and Farook may have planned a 2012 attack that they ended up abandoning.