To put it simply, Los Angeles leads the country in the employment of "thuggish" cops. It really isn't anything new to those of us who live out here. It doesn't help that the chief (Lee Baca) is a scumbag himself who works his magic to get constituents and celebrities out of jail. I don't think in the 15 yrs I've lived out here that I haven't seen a cruiser breaking the law, whether it be driving well above the speed limit (no lights) on the 405 or sailing through a neighborhood stop sign (a weekly observance living near an intersection and a police station). Any attempt to report ANYTHING to a watch commander will put you on an unfortunate blacklist which has happened to me and 2 separate neighbors (whose children have repeatedly dealt with near-misses by police cruisers).
Point is, outside of LA I'm sure there are squeaky-clean police officers who protect the public. And there possibly is a percentage of LA officers who somehow manage to avoid corruption. But I can certainly sympathize with anyone who lives out here who is getting sick & tired of the LAPD's behavior in the past 2 decades.
PS. We have several large dogs, 3 machetes, and multiple firearms. A perp would be long dead before a "cop" arrived at our house.
This post almost strikes me as comical. I've lived here my entire life (38years)....I grew up less than a quarter mile from this accident on Paul Revere Dr.
You have your opinion and I have mine and that's cool but my experiences with Law Enforcement in this area have been nothing but stellar. I've known several officers that work out of Lost Hills (this cruiser was almost certainly out of Lost Hills) and they are some of the best guys I know. I've trained with a ton of LAPD Swat guys through a local weapons and tactics training outfit and they have been nothing but professional in my dealings with them.
I'm not naive to the fact that shit goes on....but I just wanted to offer a vastly different opinion of our police here than the one presented above.
What I find amusing is the complete lack of patience in situations like this. The incident happened 24 hours ago,....I mean, can we give the police even a chance to do the right thing here? We don't even know what actions they're taking and we're already crucifying them. But that's Slowtwitch......ready, fire, aim. Per usual.
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