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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

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Failed and Fruitful Tactics for Combating Gangs  

September 28, 2009
Any teacher, preacher, lawyer, cop, psychologist, gang crime victim, good mother, or good father would be more effective in gang prevention than a dozen "ex-gang members."

Los Wonder Boys and the Mexican Sureño Movement  

September 24, 2009
Mexican authorities continue to report a steady rise in "Sureño" gang activity in San Luis, Mexico. This has become a serious concern for both Mexican law enforcement and the general public.

Gang Enablers and Co-Dependents  Law Enforcement Only

September 15, 2009
These supposed “non-gang” gang supporters are too often shown leniency by the prosecutors and courts. They have as much culpability for the acts of the gang members they support as the actual drug dealing murderers. The bloody violence clearly stains the gang supporter’s hands as well, and it is their actions that make the violence possible.

The Gang Arms Race  Law Enforcement Only

August 27, 2009
Thousands of surplus military fragmentation grenades and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were left over from the Central American civil wars. Corrupt military suppliers, communist governments, and weapons dealers are other sources for arms traffickers offering grenades and RPGs on the black market.

Countering Academic Gang Experts  Law Enforcement Only

August 6, 2009
When interviewed by sociologists, gang members commonly lie. They do this for several reasons including: to appear less criminally culpable, because the academic interviewer has little ability to verify and check the facts so it’s fun to BS them, and because discussing gang business with people outside the gang is prohibited. Consequently, a lot of academic gang member interviews are full of inaccurate information.
Ronald "Slow" Slocum is taken into custody by a federal anti-gang task force. He was indicted under the RICO statute.

Gang Members Practice Their Skills  Law Enforcement Only

July 29, 2009
One at a time each of the three targets got out of the vehicle, walked in a big circle around the McDonald’s, went inside, only to return to the vehicle with a small drink. Then the next target did the exact same thing. Finally the third did the same. In tactical police terminology this is a clue that they were casing the McDonalds before robbing it.

Keep Your Word to Gang Members, Even If It Causes You Pain  Law Enforcement Only

July 27, 2009
An expert should be a credible proponent of the truth, and not an advocate for either the prosecution or the defense. Because of what we do and our knowledge of gangs, 95 percent of the time this will benefit the prosecution, but on occasion our knowledge and experience might benefit the defense.

Can We Stop Giving Public Money to "Former" Gang Members Now?  

June 25, 2009

Earlier this week, the executive director of Homies Unidos, Alex Sanchez, was arrested by the FBI. The FBI says that Sanchez is a shotcaller in the Normandie click of MS-13. He is charged with “racketeering offenses,” including conspiracy to murder.

Hunting Homeboys in the Hood  

June 25, 2009

The courageous women were individually shown the ELA mug books and they each identified El Hoyo (The Hole) Maravilla gang members Vincent and Luis Arias as the men who robbed the bank. Although both brothers were admitted gang members, they chose to dress more like hip college students rather than the typical Hispanic “Cholos” of El Hoyo.

Vigilante Justice  

June 19, 2009

We all fear that the justice system seems unable to protect us or punish the bad guys. When these conditions and feelings become extreme, self protection groups are spawned, and average people become vigilantes.

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