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California Judge Criticizes Long Beach Police for Sting Operations Targeting Gay Cruising

April 29, 2016  | 

A Los Angeles County judge on Friday strongly criticized the Long Beach Police Department's practice of conducting sting operations against gay men cruising for companionship, saying the policy was "indicative of animus toward homosexuals."

In a closely watched case, Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina made the remarks in Long Beach while invalidating the arrest of Rory Moroney for lewd conduct and indecent exposure, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Moroney was arrested in a bathroom at Recreation Park in October 2014 after allegedly exposing himself to an undercover Long Beach police detective, said Bruce Nickerson, the man's attorney.


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Hospcop501 @ 4/29/2016 5:53 PM

I'm sorry, why is this not a crime. He's in a public park for god sake.

kevcopAz @ 4/30/2016 8:05 AM

No need for use of hateful language. Don't know the tactics used to make these arrests but sounds like classic U/C work combating a unlawful act. Similar tactics used to effect prostitution and "reversal" drug arrests all the time and have been found to be lawful and constitutional. If an action has been deemed a crime by law and the means used to investigate that crime are lawful, then its just that a lawful arrest. Until the law or procedure enacted by the Legislative Branch of Government is found unconstitutional, then its not for a lower court to change or legislate or even comment on that Law or procedure. To do so is unprofessional, unconstitutional in itself attempting to "legislate from the bench". Just keep your personal opinion to yourself and just shut the hell up judge and do your job. Stop arm chair quarterbacking things not in your preview. If you can't do so, then resign and become a LEO or a Legislator where others might care what your personal opinions are.

kevcopAz @ 4/30/2016 8:12 AM

Oh sorry, one more thing. Judge, the LBPD have an "animus against criminals" not Gays your honor. They are enforcing Laws where these actions take place in the public sphere. As long as LBPD does not "entrap" gays thru unlawful methods then what they are doing is correct. Until the public demands changes in enforcement or the law changes, shut up. I would guess this judge has personal motivation. Does he "invalidate" the arrest of male "johns" arrested in U/C stings where a cop posses as a prostitute? Probably not, so judge you should reevaluate your wrong minded action. The LBPD / DA should appeal this decision and get a ruling from a higher court. This person is a judge, not the Lord of all things judicial!

D @ 4/30/2016 4:57 PM

What's the difference between this and gang task force, auto theft task force, etc. ?

Rick @ 4/30/2016 5:41 PM

Could teen have run with severed spine. Yes. As someone with EMT experience I know that in some cases a guy with an incomplete spinal injury can run or walk for quite a distance before the spine cracks completely. Obviously you know nothing about medical emergency's. Read up on it.

Rick @ 5/1/2016 12:02 PM

Moron exposed himself. Who wants to see that, YOU?? That is lewd conduct and the judge should take the Officers word for it. An officers word used to mean something in LA.

Rick @ 5/1/2016 10:42 PM

Lewd conduct is comitting an act in public for the purpose of arousing sexual interest. You can't get away with having sex in public just because its consensual. In the same way, two gay guys can't "mess around" in public(includes public bathrooms) for any reason. Really, percy you picked a disgusting suspect to champion this week.

longbeachcitizen @ 10/7/2016 1:32 PM

@Hospcop501, @Rick: want to know what's more disgusting? The weirdo was not just in a 'public park' at noon time when little kids are more likely to be at the park and need to use the bathroom, but the park is across the street from Wilson High School where kids as young as 14 attend. Why no newspaper thought to include that fact is beyond understanding! And @D, the difference between the gang task force, (being that the judge says that is the only time discriminatory prosecution is allowable) is that he was a gang prosecutor before becoming a judge and as far as all other task forces go, as long as the LGBT community stays rich and generous, he could care less what the cops do with the straight offenders. I guess he doesn't know about the 'Long Beach Gay Boys Gang' yet.

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