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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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<p><em><strong>The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Compton Station. Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Gangsters in Blue: Corrections  Law Enforcement Only

June 9, 2011
When inmates and gang members see cops acting like convicts, they tend to react to them like they do other convicts and gangsters. What little respect that might remain is lost. What little restraint that might have been practiced is loosed. The exercise of lawful authority becomes personal, vindictive and cause for retribution.
<p>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</p>

Working Solo at Ground Zero  

May 31, 2011
What is it going to take before police administrators double up these cars? There is no sane reason to send young cops out in solo units in areas like Compton's ground zero.

Gangs and Our Children  

May 24, 2011
The number of local gang killings is low, but it's our common belief that one is too many. Whenever one of our children becomes a victim of gangs, it affects all of us. Specifically, when we personalize this problem and perceive the murdered child as a part of our family, it wounds our existence forever.

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Making the Cut  

May 17, 2011
These members often commit crimes to further the objectives of the motorcycle gang, and also to enhance their own position within the gang. Many patches have been sewn onto a set of cuts as the direct result of a criminal act which was committed by an individual wanting to gain the "power of the patch."
<p><em><strong>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Gang Prevention: A Pound of Cure  

May 10, 2011
We may not save every kid from gang involvement, but every kid deserves an opportunity to succeed. Law enforcement officers are the angels of our society, and when even one kid is saved from gang involvement, there are countless others behind and around that kid that we have also prevented from taking the wrong turn at the fork.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device  

May 2, 2011
In recent years, attacks against police officers have increasingly become sneaky ambushes rather than direct confrontations. They may involve improvised destructive devices. A few punk gang members or conspiracy nuts armed with the "Anarchist Cookbook" can cause a very bad day for law enforcement.
<p><em><strong>Sample of a Green Light hit list. Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct  

April 25, 2011
I've always marveled at this irony. Young men who rebel against authority and parental control, who commonly hate school, hate memorizing verses and symbols, hate reading history, hate learning new languages, and hate participating in physical education, enjoy doing all these things for their prison gang leaders.

Latin Kings: Power Struggle In the Kingdom?  

April 18, 2011
There now seems to be a power struggle for the kingdom. The two major factions include the Kings Motherland Chapter whose members follow the Chicago ideology and the Bloodline Chapter, which is based in NYC and loyal to the founder of the N.Y. Latin Kings, Luis "King Blood" Felipe.

Ramifications of the Dodger Stadium Beating  

April 15, 2011
The response by Chief Charlie Beck and Dodger owner Frank McCourt to the brutal beating of Bryan Stow didn't particularly sit well with Jack Dunphy, the pseudonym of the active LAPD officer who writes a police blog at Pajamas Media.
<p>To gang members, supporting their sports team means supporting their gang, even if it means violently attacking a bystander and father. Photo: Flickr (uubergeek).</p>

Dodger Blues: Take Me Out At the Ballgame  

April 11, 2011
To Bryan Stow and the rest of the sane world, his Giants baseball gear represented his love of baseball and his support for his team. To that cowardly pack of gang thugs, it was the symbol for the rival Norteño gangs and the Nuestra Familia prison gang. To them, this is like wearing a Nazi uniform to the Auschwitz survivors' reunion.
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