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Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Monsters  

May 28, 2009
One day my team conducted a parole search of a Nazi Low Rider. Coincidently, it happened on his four-year-old son’s birthday. We found a birthday cake fashioned into a Nazi flag with a huge black swastika in the center. The little boy’s birthday card was handmade by his convict father and featured “The Fourteen Words” pledge of the hate-filled white supremacist.

Gang Tats Visible on Kicking Incident Suspect  

May 21, 2009
Photos of the suspect Richard Rodriguez show a two-inch-high tattoo of “EMF” on his face under his lower lip and a large “Flores” tattooed across his neck. (I’ll bet those tattoos hurt more than that alleged kick.) “EMF” stands for the largest of the dozen or so El Monte gangs, El Monte Flores.

Oldie But Baddie: El Monte Flores Gang  

May 20, 2009
The fleeing felon was named Richard Rodriguez, and he had a two-inch-high tattoo of "EMF" on his face under his lower lip and a large "Flores" tattooed across his neck. I'll bet those tattoos hurt more than that alleged kick.

Love and Murder in Gangland  

May 1, 2009
Homegirl Trinia Aguirre was Spooky’s new girlfriend. While Spooky covered the hostages, Trinia roughly began tying them up, gagging them, and laying them in a long row, belly down on the living room floor.

Roots of Evil  

April 10, 2009
Gangs calling themselves the Hole Stoners, ELA Stoners, The Lot Stoners, Mid City Stoners, and Mara Salvatrucha Stoners (MS13) sprang up all over Los Angeles.
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There is Such a Thing as a Bad Boy  Law Enforcement Only

April 3, 2009
Less than 10 percent of the kids from even the worst neighborhoods join criminal gangs. Recognizing and giving gang members: “respect,” after they choose to ignore society’s rules and community standards sends a confusing sign to the good kids who play by the rules. “Respect” equals “fear” to gang members. Respect is only gained when one is feared by another.

How We Took Down the Geraghty Loma Gang  

March 11, 2009

Just like it is beneficial for a military unit in combat to know the topography of the battle area, your recognition and assessment of the surrounding terrain and the tactical advantage of controlling the high ground can make all the difference. If you can, take the high ground, but if you can’t at least cover the high ground when you approach.

Some Cops Are Just Not Cut Out to Work Gangs  Law Enforcement Only

March 10, 2009
Picking the right people, who have the skills and ability to work with gangs and in small specialized units, makes or breaks any gang unit, but the OSS (Operation Safe Streets) leadership (in a major lapse of sanity) promoted TC and transferred him into the gang unit. He was placed in charge of a team, and this team became a problem.

Protecting Gang Witnesses  

February 20, 2009

Every outlaw biker knows that “snitches wind up in ditches,” but Buck Garrett wanted more than just Margo Compton. He wanted to make an example of her to any other future want-to-be informants. Buck wanted the twins to be killed in front of Margo’s eyes before she died.

Gang Intelligence and Surveillance  

February 19, 2009

Here is a hint; one of the best ways to build usable gang intelligence to fight gangs is through surveillance.

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