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Movie Review: Rampart

Movie Review: Rampart

"Rampart" is another depiction of the evil white-guy cop, played this time by over-the-top Woody Harrelson, and the good black guy played by gangbanger-gone-actor Ice Cube.

February 14, 2012

Latin Kings' Nationwide Leader Gets 60 Years in Prison

Augustin Zambrano, the highest ranking member of the Latin Kings, has received 60 years in federal prison for racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other violent crimes. Zambrano, a "corona" of the Almighty Latin King Nation, was responsible for overseeing the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang that counts about 10,000 members in Illinois.

January 11, 2012

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

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.

August 9, 2011

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

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.

May 2, 2011

Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang

Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang

Autonomous cliques of the Mara Salvatrucha gang communicate internationally through the same social networks we use, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other Web sites. Drug transactions can be coordinated through these social networks as can green light or hit lists, and even simultaneous prison riots or escape attempts from Central American prison systems.

April 5, 2011

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

February 24, 2011

Six Tennessee Bloods Indicted for Murder, Conspiracy

Bloods gang members and associates allegedly committed and conspired to commit acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, bribery and extortion over a more than four-year period.

February 24, 2011

Atlanta PD Disbands Hard-Charging Gang Unit

The Atlanta PD launched Red Dog, which is said to stand for Run Every Drug Dealer Out Of Georgia, during the crack-cocaine epidemic in the 1980s when Atlanta had open-air drug markets and almost weekly drive-by shootings.

February 10, 2011

LAPD's CRASH vs. LASD's OSS

LAPD's CRASH vs. LASD's OSS

You don't become a gang expert overnight. You don't become qualified to testify in court in just a couple of years. LAPD rotated its officers in and out of CRASH gang units and station areas, but the OSS gang deputies remained in OSS and LASD stations for years, allowing them to develop greater, more complete expertise.

December 21, 2010

When the Mexican Mafia Takes Out a Pawn

Art Romo's association with high powered La Eme members, his loyal service as a liaison to the drug cartels, his close association to Mexican Mafia lawyers, and his usefulness as a front man, meant nothing when challenged by a real made member.

November 9, 2010

California Officer Takes 60 Units of Blood After Gunshot

Fremont officer Todd Young, 39, and a fellow officer had tried to arrest Andrew Barrientos, 20, who was wanted for a string of crimes. Young, who required 60 units of blood during surgery, is in critical but stable condition.

August 28, 2010

FBI Searches for Three New York Gang Members Wanted on Narcotics Charges
Lost Opportunities

Lost Opportunities

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

May 28, 2010

Oakland Police Arrest 26 'Ghost Town' Members

Officers served 12 search warrants leading to the arrest of Ghost Town members who have been linked to murder, assault, robbery, carjacking and narcotics and weapons offenses.

May 21, 2010

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