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Richard Valdemar

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.
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The Fallacy of Gun Buyback Programs  

December 26, 2013
What you usually see in any gun buyback program is elderly people turning in old junk guns from some closet or garage where they have sat gathering dust for many years.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall  

October 21, 2013
As a former prison gang member, I'm ashamed to look in the mirror because my failures are staring back at me.
<p>Photo of drive-by shooting is illustrative and via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisyarzab/2963323322/sizes/l/in/photostream/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Chris Yarzab</a>/Flickr.</p>

No One Should Die So Young  

October 14, 2013
Leslie Zepeda died the day after Christmas. She had no time for a final hug, a final kiss, one last chance for her family to tell her how much they loved and cherished her.
<p>Marijuana grow photo courtesy of DEA.</p>

Carcinogenic Cannabis  

September 30, 2013
Federal, state and local police as well as other government officials have succumbed to the money involved in the cannabis cancer. Whether it's the legal medical marijuana trade or illegal drug-trafficking gangs, it originates from the same criminal sources.
<p>A 1990 television mini-series dramatized the Camarena case. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Getting Away With Murder  

September 20, 2013
The release in Mexico of one of the men responsible for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena has renewed tension between the U.S. and Mexico over the case.
<p>Graphic via Washington Post.</p>

Is Mexican Cartel Activity In the U.S. Exaggerated?  

August 30, 2013
Many of the Mexican cartel crimes in the illegal alien community go unreported. The ugly crimes of kidnapping, human trafficking, extortion, gang violence, and unsolved murders are often committed by Mexican cartel members in cities across the United States but remain unreported.
<p>Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir play U.S. and Mexican detectives on the border working a serial killer case. Photo via FX.</p>

TV Review: Mixed View of FX's 'The Bridge'  

August 26, 2013
As the show progresses, we see the challenges that El Paso Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Juárez Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) face in working together across cultural divides as well as in an environment of extensive police and government corruption.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldseriesboxing/7011885109/sizes/l/in/photostream/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>World Series Boxing</a>/Flickr.</p>

The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out  

August 13, 2013
Every time law enforcement thought that they had knocked out or retired the Eme organization, they found that the Eme came back again. The Mexican Mafia absorbed the blows and grew stronger.
<p>Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

A Devil's Playground for Gang Members  

July 23, 2013
The court transportation system is the first weak point. Did you know that 40% of all inmate escapes occur during transport? Any gang member who's spent any time in custody has practiced slipping out of handcuffs and shackles, and you can bet one or more of them carry jail-made handcuff keys.
<p>Photo via Aaron Frutman/Flickr.</p>

Gangsterish Athletes and Their Entourages  

July 9, 2013
Like so many lucky lotto winners, the same fame and financial fortune that helps them escape the ghetto contributes to bringing them down. This is especially true for success stories with gang backgrounds. The entourage of these celebrity gangsters always includes their gangster friends.
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