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Richard Valdemar

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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Blog - Gangs - April 2011

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<p><em><strong>Sample of a Green Light hit list. Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct  

April 25, 2011
I've always marveled at this irony. Young men who rebel against authority and parental control, who commonly hate school, hate memorizing verses and symbols, hate reading history, hate learning new languages, and hate participating in physical education, enjoy doing all these things for their prison gang leaders.

Latin Kings: Power Struggle In the Kingdom?  

April 18, 2011
There now seems to be a power struggle for the kingdom. The two major factions include the Kings Motherland Chapter whose members follow the Chicago ideology and the Bloodline Chapter, which is based in NYC and loyal to the founder of the N.Y. Latin Kings, Luis "King Blood" Felipe.

Ramifications of the Dodger Stadium Beating  

April 15, 2011
The response by Chief Charlie Beck and Dodger owner Frank McCourt to the brutal beating of Bryan Stow didn't particularly sit well with Jack Dunphy, the pseudonym of the active LAPD officer who writes a police blog at Pajamas Media.
<p>To gang members, supporting their sports team means supporting their gang, even if it means violently attacking a bystander and father. Photo: Flickr (uubergeek).</p>

Dodger Blues: Take Me Out At the Ballgame  

April 11, 2011
To Bryan Stow and the rest of the sane world, his Giants baseball gear represented his love of baseball and his support for his team. To that cowardly pack of gang thugs, it was the symbol for the rival Norteño gangs and the Nuestra Familia prison gang. To them, this is like wearing a Nazi uniform to the Auschwitz survivors' reunion.
<p><em><strong>Operation Anaconda. Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang  

April 5, 2011
Autonomous cliques of the Mara Salvatrucha gang communicate internationally through the same social networks we use, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other Web sites. Drug transactions can be coordinated through these social networks as can green light or hit lists, and even simultaneous prison riots or escape attempts from Central American prison systems.
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