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Also by Richard Valdemar

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The Rise of Muslim Gangs

November 4, 2009
In 2001 large numbers of Somali immigrants began migrating to Maine bringing their clan rivalries and their love of khat with them. Since then these Somali rival gangs, or "clans" as they prefer, have taken root in such far flung U.S. cities as; Lewiston (Maine), Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Kansas City and Garden City (Kansas), and San Diego.

The Buela Street Witch

October 29, 2009
Vetrovec and I were at the south window in hyper-vigilance mode, when one of the Geraghty homeboys pulled down the plywood covering the living room door, and the three Geraghty homeboys stepped inside.

Failed and Fruitful Tactics for Combating Gangs

September 28, 2009
Any teacher, preacher, lawyer, cop, psychologist, gang crime victim, good mother, or good father would be more effective in gang prevention than a dozen "ex-gang members."

Los Wonder Boys and the Mexican Sureño Movement

September 24, 2009
Mexican authorities continue to report a steady rise in "Sureño" gang activity in San Luis, Mexico. This has become a serious concern for both Mexican law enforcement and the general public.

Gang Enablers and Co-Dependents

September 15, 2009
These supposed “non-gang” gang supporters are too often shown leniency by the prosecutors and courts. They have as much culpability for the acts of the gang members they support as the actual drug dealing murderers. The bloody violence clearly stains the gang supporter’s hands as well, and it is their actions that make the violence possible.

The Gang Arms Race

August 27, 2009
Thousands of surplus military fragmentation grenades and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were left over from the Central American civil wars. Corrupt military suppliers, communist governments, and weapons dealers are other sources for arms traffickers offering grenades and RPGs on the black market.

Countering Academic Gang Experts

August 6, 2009
When interviewed by sociologists, gang members commonly lie. They do this for several reasons including: to appear less criminally culpable, because the academic interviewer has little ability to verify and check the facts so it’s fun to BS them, and because discussing gang business with people outside the gang is prohibited. Consequently, a lot of academic gang member interviews are full of inaccurate information.

Gang Members Practice Their Skills

July 29, 2009
One at a time each of the three targets got out of the vehicle, walked in a big circle around the McDonald’s, went inside, only to return to the vehicle with a small drink. Then the next target did the exact same thing. Finally the third did the same. In tactical police terminology this is a clue that they were casing the McDonalds before robbing it.

Keep Your Word to Gang Members, Even If It Causes You Pain

July 27, 2009
An expert should be a credible proponent of the truth, and not an advocate for either the prosecution or the defense. Because of what we do and our knowledge of gangs, 95 percent of the time this will benefit the prosecution, but on occasion our knowledge and experience might benefit the defense.

Hunting Homeboys in the Hood

June 25, 2009

The courageous women were individually shown the ELA mug books and they each identified El Hoyo (The Hole) Maravilla gang members Vincent and Luis Arias as the men who robbed the bank. Although both brothers were admitted gang members, they chose to dress more like hip college students rather than the typical Hispanic “Cholos” of El Hoyo.

Vigilante Justice

June 19, 2009

We all fear that the justice system seems unable to protect us or punish the bad guys. When these conditions and feelings become extreme, self protection groups are spawned, and average people become vigilantes.

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.

There is Such a Thing as a Bad Boy

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

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.

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