We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
So there’s been a lot of LAPD misconduct in the news in the past 48 hours.
Let’s see, we have the Devonshire rookie cop who is suspected of committing a murder in Pomona who is now on the run and has a warrant for his arrest. Then there’s the Hollywood cop who is a 10-year veteran who was caught at the border trying to smuggle into the country a 26 year-old male Mexican immigrant –another big no no.
And then there’s the 77th Street Station cops who were shot at on 65th and Broadway in South LA–and that’s what I want to talk to you about.
So let’s back it up a bit.
On Friday night, 46 year-old Leroy Hill was shot and killed near 65th and Broadway–East Coast Crips territory. It was later revealed that Hill was a witness to the Ezell Ford shooting. Now whether or not that had anything to do with his untimely demise, I don’t know.
What I do know after talking to my folks in the area is that Hill is believed to have been killed by members of the Florencia 13 gang or F13 as they are commonly referred to.
It’s no secret to the LAPD of all people that F13 is a Latino gang and a rival gang of the East Coast Crips, a Black gang.
Now why is that important you might be asking yourself right about now?
Everyone knows, including the LAPD, that blocks tend to get hot after a gang shooting.
Tempers flare, people are suspicious of outsiders and if you don’t belong or aren’t known on the block you will stick out.
If you know a block is hot and that a Latino gang is suspected of committing a murder on a Black man does it make any kind of sense whatsoever to send undercover units to the area who could be mistaken for members of the same rival gang? No it does not.
Granted, no one–be it a police officer or civilian should have to worry about being shot at–but after a shooting like that, if the LAPD wanted to have a presence they could have just sat on the block in their black and whites and in full uniform like they usually do mean mugging everyone. At least folks would have known exactly who they were instead of possibly mistaking them for rival gang members looking to kill someone else from the block.
I’m just saying this is how ish gets started.
Like with that other shooting where LAPD undercovers claimed a suspect just randomly shot at them when that was not exactly the case. Those officers were in plainclothes parked outside of a suspects home in an unmarked car with tinted windows in a neighborhood where they stood out. So it would be no wonder if the suspect thought they were rival gang members there to kill him and acted accordingly for him.
And while it’s still not clear who shot at who first, the suspect was shot and wounded by the police.
Now back to 65th and Broadway…
The LAPD will claim the officers were targeted because they were officers and the news will run with that without ever once considering or finding out all of the facts. People with access to guns who are relatively mentally stable and intelligent enough to know what happens to you when you shoot at the police don’t shoot at the police. Typically folks don’t do driveby’s on police stations, now do they?
If cooler and smarter heads had prevailed all of this could have probably been avoided.
While I don’t condone gun violence, I do believe that in this case this situation might have been put into motion by bad tactics.
It seems to me like the LAPD forgot rule number three when it comes to surviving in South Central–don’t get caught up.
So here’s what we’ve been able to get in terms of details from the shooting.
On March 15, 2015 at 1754 hours, 77th Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail officers were driving int he area of 220 West 65th Street in Newton Division. Inside of an umarked Department vehicle were Police Officers II Brandon Walthers, Rodolpho Ledesma, and Michael Sciarappa.
As the officers drove eastbound past 220 West 65th Street their vehicle was struck by gunfire. The officers saw two suspects shooting at them and an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) occurred. The suspects fled. During the OIS two officers received minor injuries.
Metropolitan Division K-9 and “D” platoon officers conducted an extensive search of the area and several suspects were detained.
Present during the search were Commander William Scott, Commander R. Lopez. FID, Capt. P. Tingiredes.
The unit handling the criminal arrestee/suspect investigation is Robbery Homicide Division.