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LAPD Officers Honored by President Obama

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WASHINGTON, DC (KTLA) — President Barack Obama presented 12 members of the Los Angeles Police Department with the National Association of Police Organizations TOP COP award Saturday at the White House.

The LAPD officers were honored for chasing and arresting Ian Schlesinger on September 12, after he allegedly carjacked a vehicle then led police on a pursuit from North Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, according to the LAPD.

The dramatic pursuit ended when Schlesinger was injured in a shootout with police.


President Obama speaks to the National Association of Police Organizations TOP COP award winners Saturday, May 11, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

He was later booked for homicide, attempted homicide on police officers, carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and other felony charges.

In addition to members of the LAPD, officers from other parts of  California, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Wisconsin were also honored.

During the ceremony, Mr. Obama praised the nation’s police officers for their bravery and for signing up, “to do some tough stuff.”

Below are the names of the LAPD officers who were recognized:
Sergeant Joel G. Miller, Rampart Division
Sergeant Joseph W. Sanchez, Rampart Division
K-9 Officer Hans C. Almaraz, Metropolitan Division
Officer Joseph O. Arevalo, Rampart Division
Officer Mark Austin, Rampart Division
Officer David Blake, Rampart Division
Officer Joseph Broussard, Olympic Division
Officer Juan Garcia, Rampart Division
Officer Bradford Gorby, Rampart Division
Officer Ryan P. Nguyen, Rampart Division
Officer Clinton Perez, Rampart Division
Officer Sean Schneider, Olympic Division

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