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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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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.

TV Gang Docs: Turning Hoodlums Into Heroes  

July 27, 2011
Why do some people feel the need to rewrite history to suit their needs? Many of these "documentaries" are only as good as their sources of information and the twisted interpretation of facts that the writers and producers invent. Unfortunately, this usually results in the truth winding up on the editing-room floor.

America's Cage War Against Radical Islam  

July 19, 2011
Our Judeo-Christian culture has been challenged in the arena of global conflict. We're locked in the "ultimate fighting cage" of war, a place we've been before. We're in a fight against extremist terrorism, and this isn't the first round.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

The Best Argument Against the Death Penalty  

July 14, 2011
Former Mexican Mafia leader Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza's motivation for writing, "Mexican Mafia: The Gang of Gangs," is to get the book into the hands of gang members and inmates in the hope that it might prevent them from following in his footsteps. His intent is to break the negative brainwashing the prison gangs utilize and illuminate the path to redemption.
<p>Ruben Lopez-Ramirez, a known associate of the Mexican Mafia, was arrested and charged with the murder of a fellow Lowrider.</p>

Gangs and Lowrider Car Shows  

July 5, 2011
If I worked a gang unit in your area, I would send plainclothes officers inside to monitor any Lowrider shows near your jurisdiction. I would also watch carefully and stop in unannounced at your local Lowrider custom shop. These shops are often also stolen car chop shops.

A Mexican Cartel's Infiltration of American Law Enforcement  

June 28, 2011
No government or human culture is any more or less susceptible to the corrupting effect of vice, drugs, power, fear or money. Criminal gangs systematically utilize these human weaknesses to sow the seeds of our destruction. What they can't do with guns and terror, they seek to do with seduction.

Public Corruption at the U.S.-Mexico Border  

June 20, 2011
The greatest cost and symptom of our demise as a nation is the lasting affect these criminal gangs have on our system of law and justice. The corruption these gangs bring to our public institutions is the greatest threat to America.
<p><strong>Screenshot: Riverside County Sheriff's Association.</strong></p>

Survivalists and the Harrowing Norco Bank Robbery  

June 14, 2011
The careful study of the Norco incident reveals many outstanding training lessons about non-traditional and unusual criminal groups, multiple advisory shootings, IEDs, ambushes, response tactics to critical incidents, and officer survival.
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