Today’s Hero – Los Angeles Police Department

25 Jun

Ray: The L.A.P.D. have a notorious reputation for being cruel, unfair, and sometimes racist. There is no doubt that at times, they have been. But as with most things in life, you can’t let a few good apples spoil the bunch. Here’s a clip from today’s LA Times:

LA Times: In a sweeping crackdown on a notorious street gang, more than 500 federal, state and local investigators, including 10 SWAT teams, swarmed northeast Los Angeles before dawn this morning to arrest dozens of alleged members of the Avenues gang.

The focus, authorities said, was on the gang’s Drew Street clique, which has kept tenacious control over a Glassell Park neighborhood despite a series of efforts by federal and local law enforcement agencies over the years.

“This is a major case and a major takedown this morning,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

By 8 a.m., authorities arrested 46 people, 28 of whom are named in the indictment. The others were taken into custody on other charges. Another 30 people named in the indictment already were in custody, police said.

In all, the federal racketeering indictment names more than 70 people and is scheduled to be unsealed later this morning.

“It reads like a crime novel,” Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz said of the indictment. “Witness intimidation, drive-by shootings, hate crimes, you name it.”

This morning’s sting was the culmination of a 10-month investigation.

“These thugs have been preying on this community for generations. This was designed to send a powerful message and we sent that message this morning,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger. Paysinger said neighbors of the Drew Street gang had “lived so long in fear they don’t know what freedom means.”


Ray: Thank you very much to all of the police officers who risk their lives to serve and protect the communities of America. We need you and we support you. God bless.


One Response to “Today’s Hero – Los Angeles Police Department”

  1. News June 27, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    what about all the police officers that risk the lives of the innocent? by shooting them while in custody? notifying the family of the victim 21 days later? Read an article about Usman Chaudhry

    You see when you have corrupt officers running the show, the good ones are in danger of serious ridicule and danger. Its always the good that die young. Its always the good who suffer.

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