SBPD Gang Hysteria

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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In an effort to fast-track the gang injunction, the SBPD conducted a dragnet of military-sounding grandiosity dubbed “Operation Falling Dawn.” A better title might have been “Operation Falling-Down-on-the-Job” since the SBPD saw fit to use innuendo and insinuation in place of hard fact or evidence.

In a press conference, Sergeant Riley Harwood responded to a reporter’s query about the SBPD’s inclusion of a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release on the arrest of members of the Mexican mafia in Los Angeles that implicated a local man: “We believe there’s a nexus between our gang-related activity and the overarching activity that you see perpetrated by the Mexican Mafia and their influence over local gangs.” When reporters contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, said, “You have the indictment, and you can see the allegations that we’ve made in that case. It pretty clearly discusses an international drug trafficking conspiracy and does not concern itself with street-level drug dealing.”

Chief of Police Cam Sanchez is not above defaming others in order to advance his political career. At least a couple of individuals he has claimed were “gang members” were, in fact, housewives without any prior arrest records. One young mother of two found her name and birthday had been publicized in Operation Falling Dawn when one of her FaceBook friends notified her. Gang enhancement policies that make it a criminal offense to associate with alleged gang members — even if they happen to be family members — allows the SBPD to significantly expand the scope of its operations by dragging in innocent people from the community. In this way, the SBPD targets the friends and families of alleged gang members with extra-judicial harassment and surveillance. This woman faces the hardship of being separated from her husband — an alleged gang member who has yet to receive a trial — in a de facto gang injunction policy already at play under paramilitary operations such as Falling Dawn.

For those concerned about the grave abuse of civil liberties posed by gang injunction policies, it’s worth noting that so-called “domestic terrorism” falls under the PATRIOT Act, a piece of Orwellian legislation hastily signed into law with next to no review in the aftermath of 9/11.


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For amusement, one might compare and contrast this with "The Mexican Gang Scene" from "Falling Down" (the Michael Douglas movie.)

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Before I got to the end of the article I thought to myself "What next, will the Federal government get its hands into this?" and sure enough, there we are.

Meanwhile people have no clue about how their votes are responsible for the erosion of our liberties. Additionally, it's already against the law to rob, kill, assault, and partake in the other delightful things gangs do so to those who are pro-injunction I say "enforce the laws already on the books".

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 1:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Mr. Adonis Tate, per "falling down" I strongly suggest you listen to this video lasting only about a minute and a half. I think everyone else should listen as well.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 6:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe at one time, a long time ago, people of Oxnard felt the same way about a gang injunction. Now take a look at that city. If you think the same won't happen in SB, you are in denial. Good luck.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gosh yes, I'll bet at one time long ago the people of Compton felt the same way about a gang injunction. Now take a look at that city. If you think the same won't happen in SB, you are in denial. Good luck.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 10:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why was it named “Operation Falling Dawn”? Dawns don't fall. Only connection I can make is to the movie Falling Down.

Bill Foster: "I'm the Bad Guy?"

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2014 at 1:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The open borders, PC-worshipping and "hate America first" author of this article is more than willing to see innocent people beaten and killed by current gang members that have proven they are violent lawbreakers so that she can smile at her next lib-dem cocktail party and clink glasses of wine to celebrate how superior she is that she "saved these poor minorities from the horrible abuses of the SBPD" or that she helped keep "just one more mis-directed violent, dangerous, convicted young mexican-american" from being incarcerated unfairly after beating or stealing or assaulting or robbing or raping someone.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2014 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Right on, realitycheck88 - it's sure a good thing that we have an assistant DA (promoted by DA Dudley in the year he retired - no value to the county, increased pension debt) who prosecuted an innocent man for murder, and was able to obtain a conviction by withholding evidence, grounds for disbarment.
Hilary Dozer ignored a jailhouse confession in Efren Cruz's case, which included testimony by SBPD officer Roger Aceves. Cruz's conviction was overturned on appeal after he served four years for a murder he didn't commit. He's now an employed college grad, husband and father - but in SB he could have helped justify the need for a new jail.

You got it - people should only be beaten and killed by law enforcement - not CRIMINALS.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
January 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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