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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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<p>Photo courtesy of Ben Pieper.</p>

The Changing Face of Criminal Gangs  

September 17, 2012
We're seeing hybrid gangs pop up all over the country. These gangs can be very hard to document, due to the fact that they may not have any national affiliation, and their names are usually taken from the street, city, town, or neighborhood where they live.
<p>Logo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Inside the Black Panther Party (2 of 2)  

September 12, 2012
By the late 1960s, many of the Black Panther Party leadership had become entangled in criminal trials or were serving long prison sentences. Some had been killed. The remaining BPP leaders could not agree on how to overcome these issues.
<p>Black Panther Party logo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Inside the Black Panther Party (1 of 2)  

September 6, 2012
The Black Panther Party was formed to protect and defend African-American neighborhoods from police brutality. By the late 1960s, it represented a major threat to the Oakland Police Department.
<p><span>Photo:&nbsp;CC_Flicker/<span class=&quot;username&quot;><a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/abardwell/&quot;>abardwell</a></span></span></p>

California Security Housing Unit (SHU) Reintegration and Reform  

August 23, 2012
Most prison gang leaders will be released into the terrible jungle where they will try to obtain two things they care about the most: drugs and power. Once the titans come down to dwell with gang mortals, the gangland utopia will usher the next prison gang golden age.
<p>Photo courtesy of Long Beach P.D.</p>

Two Effective Gang Enforcement Strategies  

August 15, 2012
Long Beach patrol officers can pull up photos of served gang members, maps of safety zones—those parts of the city subject to the gang injunction—a copy of the injunction and a hyperlink to the image of the proof of service form. That certainty has produced very real results.
<p>Ray Ray&#39;s crew. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

The Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang  

July 17, 2012
The Black Guerrilla Family was founded by George Jackson, a former Black Panther and excellent orator who rallied inmates by speaking about the system's injustice to prisoners, especially black inmates. He vowed to form an organization that would support his imprisoned people like a family and become a vanguard in the coming revolution against the U.S. government.
<p>Newly elected Mexican President&nbsp;Enrique Pe&ntilde;a Nieto pledged to shift strategies in dealing with drug cartel violence. Photo: <a href=&quot;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Enrique_Pe%C3%B1a_Nieto_-_World_Economic_Forum_on_Latin_America_2010.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Wikimedia</a></p>

Mexico's Deal With the Devil  

July 11, 2012
The Mexican press estimates that 19.5% of the official ballot boxes were installed in areas controlled by the drug cartels. Many voters avoided the poles altogether in fear of intimidation and violence.
<p>Photo: Paul Clinton</p>

Why Chicago is So Violent  

June 28, 2012
Chicago's homicide rate is out of control. This is not about "old school" gangsters coming out of prison and trying to re-establish themselves. It's about the youngsters having no respect for anyone.
<p>Cover art from the &quot;Mind of a Leader&quot; DVDs.</p>

Can Education Cure Gang Members?  

June 13, 2012
There seems to be an illogical perception in the U.S. that "bad guys," especially those associated with criminal gangs, are dumb—or at least uneducated. But education is not an elixir to cure the diseases of immorality or an upbringing steeped in situational ethics. It can't teach the gift of empathy for another human being.
<p>The author attends the Counter Terror Expo in Washington D.C.</p>

Gangs and Terrorism  

May 24, 2012
We often focus on one puzzle piece rather than the whole puzzle. If we would slow down and step back, we might see the whole of our enemy's tactics and battle plan. This wider perception of problems enables criminal investigators to recognize trends, alliances, tactics, conspiracies and connections in the underworld. This is what is needed in the battle against gangs, cartels, and terrorists.
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