Monday, December 29, 2014

(JUST LIKE IN THE 70's) 2 Police Officers Ambushed, Shot at in ‘Unprovoked Attack’ in South Los Angeles: LAPD

Los Angeles police called off an intense 8-hour manhunt Monday morning that began after two officers were ambushed in an “unprovoked attack” in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South L.A. the previous night.

August 1971.

I now have 2 months out on the road as a CHP Officer. I work the 1400-2230 shift,
which in the South Los Angeles CHP office is the least desirable shift. 
As mentioned before, you parked a unit and rode or drove with another officer at sundown. 
A frequent man I paired up with was Frank Garner . Frank was a Black man, and did not always follow policy, but if he erred, it was not malicious, and did not bring disrepute on the CHP. 
You are supposed to patrol only in county areas, as cities pay their police top patrol their streets. 
Frank liked to go into Los Angeles City at times. Who was I to correct him, as he had two years on. 
We are going south on Central at about 9 PM. It is dark. Suddenly we see an LAPD unit come west, then north on Central. It has all emergency lights and siren on.
Frank says, "Let's go see where he is going", and does a u-turn. 

We go north to 86th, then east. Frank exclaims:"He's going into the County ! ". 
We tuck right in, and soon we are at a scene just west of Hooper Av. 
There are sheriff's cars, LAPD cars, and police cars I do not recognize. 
You immediately hear gunfire--Shotgun rounds, and automatic weapon fire. 
We go forward, duck walking, crouched beside cars for cover. We have our handguns out, but we don't know who to shoot. While we are still trying to determine who is the bad guy, a Sheriff Deputy yells "Cease Fire". While rounds had been whizzing overhead, ALL of the local occupants of that area were out on the sidewalk, trying to see who was shooting and or who was getting shot.

There is an LAPD car parked at the curb, with both front doors open. An Officer laid on the pavement ahead of the unit. Ahead of that was a blue 1958 Pontiac.
You noted real quick that it seemed that you could not place your hand on that Pontiac without touching a bullet hole. Four black males, age 18 to 24, lay two on the sidewalk, and two out in the street. All were bleeding from parts of their bodies. A fire department ambulance arrived with the US's first paramedic. The driver walked up and asked a Sheriff Sergeant, "Who do we take first?". The Sergeant replied, "The officer, dumb sh*t" 

Talking to LAPD guys after some of the scene got cleared, we found that:
 LAPD Intelligence had info that four Black Panther males were enroute to Los Angeles to kill a cop. LAPD Intel had watched them arrive. They had been following in a pain clothes car, in civilian garb to see where they went. 

Enter the LAPD beat unit.  These two fficers agree that occupants of the blue Pontiac are acting suspicious.
they follow,and when the car starts out into County area, they stop it. Both officers get out. Driver officer walks forward.  Driver and passenger from the front seat of the Pontiac get out, lever .45's and fire. 

Driver officer is hit in the upper left leg. Passenger officer is not hit, gets back to car, puts out 112-99, and returns fire.
The WORLD comes. LAPD quickly comes up.They are armed with M-16's. 
Although they were hit several times, all the Panthers survived. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Memories of South Los Angeles- relating to current conflicts

As a new CHP Officer, I was assigned to the South L A CHP Office, as, One, I had lived in San Pedro, and two, out of 53 graduating officers, 49 were assigned to Los Angeles. I reported in on June 28, 1971

Most of the area in South L A was County, which meant that the CHP had jurisdiction for traffic.

Like the little city strip-known as Watts-- that connects downtown Los Angeles with the harbor and San Pedro, the population was predominately Black. An additional aspect was that most were at the poverty level, living in "Public Housing" , and attending what the CHP motorcycle squad called "The Temple to Welfare".

You soon learned that these people had zero self-respect (That comes with having a job and paying your own way) and zero respect for law enforcement.

The situation then was like current day Ferguson , Missouri and New York City.

As CHP officer that drove cars, you never got out of sight of your car. Why?
The 60's were still around. There were several groups that still thought a good method of rebelling was to put a bomb on a cop car.

You parked one car either at the CHP Office or the Firestone Jail  and rode two officers to a car at sundown.
In other CHP Offices, you pair up only if you are going to work past 2200 hours (10 PM)

What the populace thought of you was revealed one night as I was paired with a senior officer, who was driving. We came to a stop light and had to stop. On the sidewalk, just outside my window were three black youngsters-- A girl about 14, a boy about 10, and a girl about 5.
The 14 year old say, "Good evenin', Officuh". The boy says. "God evenin. mistah po lice man"
The five year old  says "mothuh   f--ing pig".

As CHP Officers we were expected to be courteous and professional at all times.  Four citizen complaints in a year gets you fired.

You had two experiences that demonstrated what it took to keep order in that area:

One, you would be driving down a street, and a black male. usually age 16-25, would just turn from walking on the sidewalk, and walk  in front of you. We-the CHP --would stop as the person sauntered in front of you sneering at you as they walked.

BUT , L A County Sheriffs had Plymouth Furys that looked like our Dodge Polaras
Most of these people were illiterate and could not tell the difference between the Sheriff's Star decal on the door

IF that young man stepped out in front of a sheriff's Deputy, you would hear the engine rev up, the rear go down, and the car increase speed at the offender . You could have seen some Olympic speed on foot .

Often we would stop black males (AS that was all that was there) for a traffic violation. There would be an incessant protest that the man had done nothing wrong. These people usually had no ID, no registration for the car. You could NOT run a check on the person unless you got permission from a Sergeant.
Ninety per cent of them had warrants, and a glove box full of unsatisfied tickets . If you ran him, then you had to take him to jail, it would burn up two to four hours of your shift.

When you finished to ticket, you would ask for a signature. Mostly, you would get a blast oof "I ain't signin' no M--F--ing ticket". (If you don't get a signature he has to be booked into jail)
So, you would calmly fold the citation book, lay it on the hood, and say to him,"You know--I thought I was dealing with a reasonable person. I made a mistake. What I am going to do is call the sheriff over here and let him write the ticket".
Invariably , he would blurt out, "Oh NO..Don't get Sheriff John here--I will sign it"
He knew that the sheriff's deputies would dribble him off the asphalt, then take him to jail.

Conclusion--These types only fear an ass kicking or being subjected to very uncomfortable pain. You do not negotiate with them. Trying to treat them kindly indicates to them that you are weak--and that they can subdue you .

Don't think that all the people were like this. There were many hard-working decent people, that respected officers and saw them as allies and protectors. You quickly developed a "Street sense" to tell which ones you were dealing with.

The BIG turn around was after Rodney King. LAPD Officers were accused of "Assault under color of Authority" . They were tried in State Court and found NOT GUILTY.
However, GHW Bush came to town to start his campaign for term II. Black Ministers from South Central cornered him and threatened to convince all the residents to vote Democrat if
he did not take action.  Bush sent the FBI after them,(If you are a police officer, County Deputy or State Trooper, you quickly find that the FBI is NOT your friend)  and convicted them of "Civil Rights Violations".

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There is another Darwin Award winner.


There is another Darwin Award winner.  His name is Antonio Martin.  He was killed in Berkley Missouri, very near Ferguson.

Why is he a Darwin Award winner?

Because he pulled a gun on a police officer.  In the pantheon of really stupid ideas, that one is pretty near the top.  The cop fired in self defense and a thug died.

From BPR:

An officer with the Berkeley, Mo., Police Department shot and killed an armed, black teenager in apparent self-defense Tuesday night, according to St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman.

Making matters more tense, Berkeley is close to Ferguson where black teen Michael Brown was shot during an altercation with former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
The teen involved in Tuesday’s shooting was identified by his mother, Toni Martin, as Antonio Martin, 18.
According to the officer’s report, the incident occurred during a routine check at a Mobil gas station.
When the officer approached the vehicle, Martin pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer. That’s when the policeman fired at the teen several times, killing him.
A second man who was with the teen ran from the scene.
Martin was on his way to see his girlfriend, his mother told KMOV.
She said her son had been expelled from school but was working on getting his life back together and she was encouraging him to join Job Corps, KMOV reported.

He was expelled from school.  No one has come up with it yet, but it is a safe bet he has a criminal record. 

The usual suspect began rioting immediately.  For America, things are getting so bad that Obama no longer needs to stoke the flames of racial hatred. 

Fortunately for this officer there was a near by surveillance video system that backs his story and a 9 MM pistol was recovered from the dead thug.

Until we get rid of the Obama Regime and replace it with a conservative Presidency, this is only going to get worse.

Hold on to your hats. The next two years are going to be rough. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sources to modern problems

In my young life, first of all, I had what I would term a DI Mom.
My mother drove us--myself and two brothers, although, as I was the oldest, mine came first.

We had a dairy and a cattle ranch. I had to be up at 0400 to milk cows, feed them, and clean the milk barn. If I was not up, DI Mom had tricks like-- Turn the bed over, pour ice water in there with you. To this date, if I have to wake up at 0300, I will wake up at 0255.

You learned that an injury did not give you an out . On one occasion, I was running on foot to head off a calf, with my attention on the calf, and ran into barbed wire. I had a gash from my right eye, back on the side of my head for about an inch. I ran in the house. DI Mom rinsed it off, put a bandage on it and said, "Get back out there, your father needs your help".

In fifth grade. I was doing the milking by myself while my parents were both about 40 miles away on the ranch on a roundup . A cow I was driving into the barn was frightened by a dog that ran in front of here. This cow had been poisoned by malathion, and had no feeling. She ran over me, stepped on my head, leaving a contusion about 2 inches long. BUT, I completed milking all the cows before I washed it off.  Calling 911 did not exist.

You learned to depend on you.

Secondly, you learned that you earned what ever you got: Do productive work, and you earned an income or a reward. Do destructive things and you got a penalty.
The penalty was very public, painful, and  shaming,.

We lived for years near the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad tracks. Hobos that rode the trains free would get off and approach the front door. They would knock and ask, "Do you have any work that a man could do for a meal?"

With earning an income comes SELF RESPECT and a sense that you are as good as the next guy.

When I became a California Highway Patrol Officer,first of all, the Academy, you were taught things you needed to know basics of how to do your job. the other part was to test your endurance, your tenacity, and tolerance for the stress that would come.

BUT--It became clear that YOU were depending on you. Come an ugly situation, there was probably no cavalry riding to your rescue . THEN, you again were alone after the the incident where second guessers abound. Like a training officer told me when I got to my first office: "They give you a gun, a badge, the ability to arrest-but that's it. After that., you are ON YOUR OWN".

To thread the landmines, I read journals, subscribed to law news, went to seminars, and read case decisions.

I DID NOT depend on any superior to "Have my back".

I have two perceptions now:

One, that too many law enforcers have the false belief that,"If something happens, my Department will back me".  Not true. Now, you are a political throw-away.

Two, the Reward-Penalty proposition has become reversed--Thanks to Democrat-Liberal-Progressive pushing of "Compassion".
We are supposed to have compassion for those who sit on their asses, commit crimes- such as illegally entering our United States--and either aborting or giving birth to children while not having resources or income to support them. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

And they get paid well...

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms as they walk onto the field on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, before a football game against the Oakland Raiders.

Players on the football team showed solidarity with Michael Brown and Ferguson protesters.

Well, maybe someone beside myself will :
A. Not pay out big bucks to see an in person NFL game.
B. Not even watch a televised game. 
C. Be more convinced that these players--while having a talent to play football are not
     worth the huge outlandish mega -million dollar salaries they are paid

    You know, it once was that the players were from the city they played for . What it has morphed in to is a bunch of mercenaries who will play for the highest bidder 

D. Realize that in a lot of cases, the outcome of the game has been decided by high stakes gamblers, who made a call to referees.

Maybe the NFL will:

1. Stop covering for player's immoral and sometimes criminal behavior.  Maybe they will 
    become aware that us "Normal people" have to obey laws or we will be arrested and   

2. Realize that we just had an election that told us that people are not happy with the Status     
     Quo and Politically Correct causes. 

To me, this "Hands up-Don't Shoot" demonstration by these players tells that there are one or more things that influenced them:

A. They are stupid. Should they consult any CREDIBLE news source, you can obtain the 
      autopsy report on Michael Brown, Brown's criminal record, and the information given to 
      the Grand Jury.

B. They want to identify with stupid people and feel like they are one with them.

C. They don't care that this show of solidarity with criminals angers their paying fans