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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 - August 2011

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<p>Cover of &quot;Mexican Mafia: Gang of Gangs.&quot;</p>

Book Excerpt: Officer's Discretion  

August 24, 2011
I wish to share with the reader a police traffic stop that almost ended in tragedy. It is a lesson in human nature and a training reminder for those in law enforcement who have exercised a police option called "officer's discretion" — giving an offender a break.

Confessions of a Teenage Vandal  

August 16, 2011
I find it hard to be too stern with teenage pranksters. Some say most of the best cops could have gone either way in their youth. I don't know about that, but I'm truly grateful to that good Firestone sheriff's deputy.
<p><strong><em>Peter "Sana" Ojeda (second from l.) is seen in federal prison with his Mexican Mafia  "carnals" (brothers).</em></strong><em><strong> Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.  

August 9, 2011
Operation Black Flag was another "staggering and comprehensive blow" to California's most powerful gang, according to U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte. However, the La EME prison gang has proved to be resilient to extermination. Mexican Mafia leaders have managed to operate their criminal enterprise from the most secure housing units in the most secure prisons in America.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Richard Valdemar</strong></em></p>

Keep Your Eye on Pseudo Sureños  

August 2, 2011
Just because a gang may seem unsophisticated and maybe it's just a pseudo-Sureño gang, don't ignore their potential for violence. They may start slow on the gang learning curve but some of them will get tough just trying to survive. Jail and prison will further harden and train them.
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