Category Archives: Law Enforcement

A dog in the lap is worth a stop from the cops

dogdriver1.jpgThis is one of those laws that should have been passed, oh, about 100 years ago:

DON’T DRIVE WITH YOUR DOG ON YOUR LAP.

The California Assembly just approved making it a crime – albeit a misdemeanor – punishable by a $35 fine.

Doesn’t matter what district he’s in, this guy has my vote just for introducing the bill, which next heads to the Senate.

Y’ask me, a little $35 parking ticket for piloting an Escalade in heavy rush-hour traffic with Fluffy prancing around your face is like slapping a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound. This crime ought to be right up there with DUI – first offense is a multi-thousand dollar fine, and third time is a jailable felony … Continue reading A dog in the lap is worth a stop from the cops

Wolfpack Dragrace Report

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Last night was the Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Dragrace that I mentioned the other day and for those that showed up and stuck it out it was one hell of an event. Somewhere between 200-300 riders were in attendance around the 11pm when qualifications were supposed to begin but due to the crowds and chaos things were *a tad* bit late to start. Previous races have seen the full support of the LAPD (with at least one race even having officers in patol cars blocking off the 2nd st tunnel for us) so just after midnight when the cops showed up people weren’t too surprised or worried. Ooops. Continue reading Wolfpack Dragrace Report

Word to the wise: Avoid Downtown tomorrow

I just walked down the street to a shop on the corner of 4th and Main and was in line behind an LAPD officer who was advising another customer to avoid Downtown if at all possible. As you might be aware tomorrow is the scheduled May Day Protest and the offer suggested that all of downtown will basically be gridlocked from 10am to 6pm at least. The other customer noted that she had an appointment downtown around 10am and asked if the other people trying to get there would be more than an hour late and the officer corrected her noting “hours” were more like it. So, that said, if you are planning to pass through Downtown tomorrow you might want to push that off to another day if you can. And if you work Downtown, I’d say forget the car and look for other ways to get in and out.

It’s Some Sort Of Bust, Or Something

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I got home from work today to find three…no, wait…five…no…SIX police cars quietly parked outside one of the small multi-unit buildings across the street. In the front yard, a few cops were minding four guys in handcuffs. The rest of the police were just kind of milling about, half-assedly glancing in the recycle bins out front. and leaning on their cars.

Of course I was curious as to what the hell was going on. Was I about to wander over and ask? No. I doubted I’d get an answer, and besides, those cops looked busy! Busy…hanging out. Where was the sense of urgency? Where was the combing of the premises? I don’t expect every cop raid to look like TV, but even grow-op busts in Vancouver are less laid back than this! Did I miss all the action before I got home, and, if so, why were there still so many police and cars around? And what the hell was the LAPD helicopter circling around for? I’m used to hearing the helicopter doing a nightly sweep of the area, but that’s usually after dark.

Hopefully, the story will surface on a police website, or a local paper, or something, so I can find out what terrible crime merited six cop cars in a residential neighborhood. Any suggestions?

Another photo after the jump

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Wanted: Hipster, coward, fan of The Cure

Hello friends, Mark here.

My nephew, Angel

Maybe I’m a bit overly sensitive due to having just spent the evening with my 10 month old nephew, but this is just not cool, ever.

Usually, the Los Angeles Community on Livejournal just promotes whatever goth show is going on or has posts about which under 18 club is the best.

But tonight, someone has reached out to the community of Los Angeles at large for help!

Nobody lost a dog… it was just a typical hit and run. Happens in L.A. everyday. Heck, I hear screeching tires outside my window most every night and every tenth time or so the screeching is followed by the oddly pleasing crunch of metal on metal. What makes this occasion special is that the victim of the hit and run is 9 months pregnant!

Click here for the dirty details!

Freeway Bloggers vs. LAPD CHP*

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As much as it pains me to do so, I find myself at the defense of a group of 9/11 Truthers – you know, those people who don’t buy that radical Islamic terrorists were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center.

On April 11th, a handful of “Truthers” carried a banner reading “Google/YouTube 9/11 Mysteries” to a freeway overpass during rush hour to display to thousands of passing motorists.

Two hours into it, police stopped by telling them they had to stop because they were a danger and slowing traffic because, per the officer, people were trying to read the banner. Did I point out this was during rush hour? Continue reading Freeway Bloggers vs. LAPD CHP*

Friends, Angelenos, Hungry Drunk People–Lend Me Your Collective Rage

tacotrucksTHIS IS A TRAVESTY. Taco trucks eliminated in LA?!

While the new law that requires the trucks to move every hour may result in an exciting scavenger-hunt style city rampage for those who enjoy the thrill of the chase, I tell you, THIS SHALL NOT STAND.

“Led by District 1 County Supervisor Gloria Molina, the L.A. Board of Supervisors has pased new restrictions that will effectively eliminate taco trucks from our streets. Under Supervisor Molina’s new rules, taco trucks will have to change location every hour, or face a misdemeanor charge carrying a $1000 fine and/or jail. Yes, jail.

Taco Trucks are a special facet of Los Angeles, and something we don’t want to lose.

Let’s send Gloria Molina and the L.A. Board of Supervisors a message that we cherish our local vendors and don’t want to see them move away. Go to SaveOurTacoTrucks.org to sign the petition!”

Petition?!? This requires more than a petition. This requires riots in the streets! Class issues, race issues, personal freedoms (shouldn’t I be able to eat on the razor’s edge of tepid mystery meat if I effing want to?) and issues about the diversity of foodstuffs in this city figure into this argument. Please pass the word: a petition isn’t enough. This requires serious media scrutiny & public outrage. Besides, without taco trucks, 1/3 of all LA-based blog subject matter is immediately wiped from the slate!

Big round of applause to Monrovia PD

I got a call about 9:45 this morning from my cousin relaying that MPD were on the street and had a guy stopped where the street splits. I grabbed the camera and here is what I got:

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I talked with Garry who let me know that he was first alerted when his dogs were barking.  He went to the corner of his drive and started watching the guy.  His first thought was the guy might have been one of those flyer distributors as he had two back packs.  Then he saw the guy wasn’t doing the zig-zag between houses.

As luck would have it Monrovia Parking were making their rounds on the street.  As the guy went up towards the side of Roberto’s house, the officer thought something was amiss and did a quick u-turn to follow and within seconds MPD was on the street.

I arrived after the hands in the air and frisking and saw him on the curb.  MPD did their question and answer thing and the guy left when MPD did.  Obviously, if the man were handing out flyers he would not have simply left.

To quote my friend Garry, “We ain’t putting up with that shit on our street”.   My observation, if you are going to prowl, don’t do it on street cleaning day when parking patrols are out.

Big Round of applause to MPD for such fast reactions and keeping my little corner of LA safe.

L.A. Athlete May Have Been Murdered By An Illegal

18th_street_tagging.jpgYou know the economy is bad when even gangs need to outsource.

The AP is reporting that the suspected gang member accused of killing 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr. may have been in the country illegally. They will investigate 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza for possible deportation once his current murder charge “has run its course.”

Back on March 12, I opened a can of worms by bringing up the sudden increase in local gang violence. Innocent kids were getting hit left and right, and I made the statement that any gang-related first offense should be prosecuted by military draft or outright deportation. One of the comments from that post is ringing in my ear:

It insinuates that many gang members are undocumented immigrants when I can tell you many of them were born here in Los Angeles.

That may, in fact, be true. Just not in this case.

frazgo goes for a ride, Car 64 where are you…

flickrcar64hdrtmvp.jpgI asked, you answered my question “what pet peeves do you want to ask a cop”. I got an ear full, and even dipped into Markland’s “64 Things I hate about you” for more ideas then proceeded to get some answers.

Arcadia PD’s Sergeant Tom Le Veque had contacted me and offered me a ride along.  I took him up on the offer and he was the first officer in the line of fire with my questions.  Nice guy, certainly a good sport with the wide range of questions you all came up with. 

He paired me with officer Phil Pierce for the ride along.  Turns out that Officer Pierce is a local Monrovia man who had some great insights into the area as well as his own philosophy on life and policing.  Turns out we even crossed paths many years ago as he played ball with my neighbors two boys. 

A large part of the ride along was just listening and understanding.  I’ve had a lot of interaction with the police over the years.  Like many my contacts have varied,  some were where I initiated the contact, and others where I was stopped because of some boneheaded stunt.  The questions here fell into the same variety, some of it driving, others really dealing with the social, economic realities of life here in Metro LA.

I don’t know what I expected out of the evening other than better insights into my area and policing in general.  What I didn’t expect is the amount of tedious detail work and record keeping was involved.  The calls we answered were pretty inane, false alarms at warehouses, evidence pick-up at Macy’s from an earlier shop lifting arrest and just basic patrolling.  Not a whole lot of shoot ’em up excitement, just good conversation.  Getting to know these men as individuals and understanding the why’s of what they do made it one of the more interesting meanders I have taken.

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