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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.
Gangs

Blog - Gangs - November 2012

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How To Testify As a Gang Expert  

November 28, 2012
What you do is an art rather than a science, so you must impress the jury with your background, training, and experience.
<p>Sure&ntilde;o graffiti around 1997. CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/62518311@N00/391499444/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Daquella manera</a></p>

Sureño Fight Club  

November 26, 2012
While in custody, most Sureño gang members are educated in martial arts fighting tactics and are primarily trained in fighting with edged weapons. The culture of jails and prisons is a knife culture. Jail-improvised weapons start with "shanks" but can include spears, clubs, zip guns, and bombs.
<p>Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Gangs In the Courtroom  

November 7, 2012
Every victim or witness had heard the stories in the ghetto about gang retaliation against those who were foolish enough to snitch on gang members. Most of these stories were only urban legends that grew with each telling. Some were absolutely true. Gangs do target witnesses.
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