How to Survive in South Central: Rule #3 Don’t Get Caught Up

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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.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • cutty sark

    Your folks in the Florence hood are telling you that F13, a latino gang, is suspected of carrying out the hit on Leroy Hill.
    Ask yourself, how does that add up?
    Leroy Hill is affiliated with ECC, but he was 46 years old. His fresh, jump-out banging days are ancient history. So he is not the highest value target like a young blood, unless he is an OG shot caller. And that’s not what we are hearing about Hill’s rank with ECC.
    But if someone is looking to do a drive-by on 65th and they want to hit a bonafide ECC and Leroy Hill is standing out there – then yes.
    But this was not a drive-by. Leroy Hill was in a car and the car was moving.
    A moving target in a car, much more difficult. Whoever shot Leroy Hill wasn’t looking for the easiest available target. They were out to get Leroy Hill.
    So how does a latino gang member get close enough to Hill while he is driving a car that he can shoot him more than once in the chest?
    Does he ride a bicycle up alongside the vehicle and shoot through the window using one hand while he keeps his other hand on the handle bars? Or maybe he jumps off the bicycle drops it in the road and starts firing? But then he still needs to escape ECC territory on foot or on his bicycle.
    Your best bet in this case is the shooter is not latino. The shooter is someone who Leroy Hill would initially not raise his guard up with. He is someone who can get very close to Leroy Hill without Hill reacting until the gun comes out.
    The man that shot Leroy Hill was probably black.
    He was probably on assignment for a rival gang. A gang that had Hill’s name at the top of the target list.
    Hill’s shooter doesn’t need to go far. Down a driveway or an alley through a backyard to an unlocked door of a garage or rear unit.
    No windows or windows covered with sheets. There is pizza, beer, coca-cola, some weed, an Ipod with headphones.
    The shooter can just relax, chill out, get some rest for a day or two.
    Then the most powerful gang in the area comes in to lock-down the entire neighborhood. And extricate their man.
    Right in front of anyone who is watching.
    They put him in the back of the car and drive him away.
    Back to their hood house, they call it a station.
    Some time later, when all is quiet and calm, they open the back door and he walks away.

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  • Citizen

    Jasmyne your way of thinking is so out of wack it’s almost laughable. So a crime has occurred, someone was killed, the cops are in the area in plain clothes, and it’s their fault they’re shot??!! WTF is wrong with you? The fault is in the dipshit gangsters that are over running that area, not the cops.

  • Guest

    So…when tensions are high in a neighborhood the police are supposed to back out and not enforce narcotics and vice laws. I’m glad these thugs shot at someone who can defend themselves, and not some innocent family with a two year old minority baby in the back seat. Good job LAPD!

  • SurfPuppy619

    Common sense, you need some.

  • SurfPuppy619

    Do you always start a new paragraph with a new sentence?? That was the most annoying comment I have ever read.