Suspect Arrested in LA Ambush of Cops

Are we shocked to discover that he has an “extensive” criminal record? ‘An Extensive Criminal History’: Suspect Arrested in Ambush of LA Deputies

People don’t usually begin their criminal careers with murder. No, they start small — a robbery here, a burglary there — and cycle in and out of the criminal justice system for a few years until, one day, they commit a heinous atrocity. Then everybody looks at their arrest records and says, “Why wasn’t this monster already behind bars?”

Because keeping criminals in jail is Unfair, at least according to the Left.

Democrats: Exporting the Homeless Crisis of LA to the Rest of the USA is a Fine Idea

Those on the Left seem to think that would be a good idea to export the “housing policies” of LA to the rest of the country. Not everyone feels that those policies were a success. L.A.’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison.

The completely insane policies of the Democrats are coming home to roost in the “posh” sections of LA. Homeless people living in front of homes in Venice, and terrorizing the neighbors because Mayor Garcetti has decided to eliminate the cops’ ability to do anything.

So a woman dealing with a violent felon, “camper,” living in front of her home, calls 911 because her property is being vandalized. This was after weeks of being intimidated, and being really scared.

This is where I mention that reality is true, even if the Democrats don’t want to believe it, and that the Progressives still have not rescinded the law of Unintended Consequences.

An hour and a half after I’d called 911, officers arrived. And it was then—noon, on Thursday, August 20th that I had an upsetting revelation: We citizens can no longer rely on the police to show up. And then the thought hit me: I need to get a gun.

You’ve got to love the irony. It’s the Democrats who push for gun control, yet it’s the Democrats in power in my city who are leaving me with no choice but to arm myself.

Ultimately she didn’t arm herself, at least as of the writing of this article, because her immediate problem was “fixed,” and because she doesn’t trust herself.

There is much to recommend in the article. Stuff about how the Progressive Left’s current favorite policy, “Housing First,” fails to actually accomplish anything. An in-depth look at what worked under Bill Bratton, and why the Left hated to see improvements in Skid Row.

But perhaps the most important thing to note, is how Democrats want to screw up your neighborhood. Not happy with turning Los Angeles into a third-world shithole, the Democratic Party now wants to export those policies to the entire country.

In fact, even as I write this, Politico is reporting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is considering L.A. Mayor Garcetti for Housing Secretary. Yes, America’s municipal honcho of homelessness could be rewarded for his massive policy failures by being put in charge of housing policy for the nation: Skid Row, writ large. Like that camper outside my house, the thought fills me with dread.

Hat tip to View From The Porch: Wherein the road to Damascus runs through Venice, CA…

What happens when the urban outdoorsman encamped in front of your house is a violent felon and the cops can’t do anything about him because the city fathers won’t let him?

And because I know that very few people will get any reference that isn’t to pop-culture. What happened on the road to Damascus?

Jetpack Guy in Los Angeles

Juan Browne, of the Blancoliro Channel has an some more information on the knucklehead in the jet pack that was spotted in LA controlled airspace. Jetpack Guy KLAX on Sunday 30 August.

Juan Browne learned how to fly small planes in high school, spent some time in US Air Force, has worked many years for the Airline industry. He also owns a light airplane (The Mighty Luscombe) which he used to take aerial video of The Camp Fire, Oroville Dam spillway near-disaster, etc. He has used his experience to give us a few minutes on all the laws that this jetpack guy broke, and why acting like a fool in the middle of some of the most congested airspace in the USA is probably not a good idea.

Hypocrisy From Democrats on Protests

Not just Pittsburgh, but we start there. Democrat Pittsburgh mayor ok with Black Lives Matter protests – until they show up at his home: ‘This is not ok’.

Protests were fine until they were in front of Mayor Bill Peduto’s home.

In other words, he is appearing to say the protests, riots, and looting are okay, as long as they are not in his neighborhood.

Chicago’s Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot has been covered before, but there is a bit at the first link at the top about her singling out her neighborhood for extra police protection.

And then there New York City. and LA, which give rise to many examples, but this one is priceless.

In Los Angeles, a city councilman who has voted to cut millions from the LAPD budget has called the department eight times in the last month or two to deal with alleged threats.

I’m sure the cops are falling all over themselves to respond to his pleas for help.

Escape From LA

I wrote about the people abandoning NYC; it wouldn’t be fair it ignore the flight from LA. Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals.

[Danny O'Brien owner of Watford Moving & Storage], 58, who moved to LA from London 34 years ago, is also planning to move to Tennessee.

'Liberal politics has destroyed this city,' he says. 'The homeless encampments are legal and there's nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don't feel safe any more.'

The rich are getting, or have gotten, out. The middle class is also fleeing. I hope that they remember what policies and politicians did to LA, so they don’t vote for the same crap wherever they go. I’m not hopeful.

[Veteran publicist Ed Lozzi says:] When I first arrived in LA 40 years ago, the town smelled of orange blossoms. Now the streets stink of urine. There is a beautiful park in Westwood but you can’t go there because there are people slumped on the ground and you step on a carpet of needles.

Why would anyone stay under those conditions? (Hat tip to Animal Magnetism.)

For my post on people leaving New York City, see Will The Last Person to Leave New York City…

Crime Statistics

Second City Cop has More Math. It will only hurt for a minute.

New York City and Los Angeles compared to Chicago. The numbers are a little staggering.

Which means you are 6X more likely to be shot in Chicago than in LA or 11X more likely to be shot in Chicago than in NYC.

Those are when you compare the numbers per 100,000 of population. Which is the only way to compare two cities like New York and Chicago.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

Especially when the cop you are facing is an expert with her weapon. She was known as a ‘top shot.’ Now an L.A. cop is at the center of a deadly shooting.

LA Officer Toni McBride is expert shot. The idiot she faced had a knife and ignored the “drop the knife” command (issued 3 times) before she shot him.

In the middle of a scruffy street south of downtown on April 22, she faced off with a man holding a razor box cutter. She fired six shots from her Glock 17, hitting Daniel Hernandez with every round and killing the 38-year-old carpet installer and father of a teenage daughter.

As The Other McCain notes… he gets the Hat Tip…

Because this is 2020, of course, everybody in L.A. is trying to turn this into an excuse for a protest. “Stupid Lives Matter,” or whatever.

And of course she is being sued because reasons.

Crime In NYC and LA

I pick on Chicago too much, but they make it so damn easy. So let’s look farther afield.

First up, New York. Murders continue to surge in NYC with 38 killings in the last four weeks.

It isn’t just murders that are up.

Burglaries have climbed citywide by 47% for the year so far, with 6,595 incidents versus 4,480 in the same period in 2019.

Auto thefts continued a year-long trend of increases with more than 60% over the same period in 2019.

And LA. LAPD: Homicides Up 250% In First Week Of June.

A tweet from the LAPD says between May 31 and June 6, homicides were up 250% compared to the previous week. The number of victims who had been shot jumped 56% in the same week.

Maybe some of that is due to relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown. They don’t cite figures from prior years.

Hat tip to Bloviating Zeppelin and You want no cops? You just may get it.

America: you’re about to get the kind of law enforcement you deserve. And demand. You’re demanding it now.

None.

He has details about stuff in Atlanta, Denver, and Seattle.

Antisemitism In Los Angeles

But somehow it isn’t newsworthy. The Los Angeles Pogrom That No Jewish Organization Will Talk About.

After the end of Shavuot, the holiday in which Jewish people joyfully commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Jewish community of Los Angeles concluded it by the new ritual of going to clean off the hateful graffiti from their houses of worship while picking up the broken glass from the black nationalist and radical leftist night of broken glass in Los Angeles.

One small business owner described a “late Saturday night with people driving down the Fairfax district streets screaming, ‘effing Jews'”.

At the latest count, at least 5 synagogues in the area were vandalized, as were three Jewish schools.

There is more at the link.

When There Are 2 Sets of Rules…

One for the Little People (the peons) and a different set of rules for the powers that be, then you can be pretty sure you live in a police state. LA District Attorney’s Husband Points a Gun at Black Lives Matter Protestors on His Porch.

But in this case, the person waving the gun was the husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Undoubtedly, if any of the little people in L.A. County had opened their door and waved a gun around at people, police would have arrested them and D.A. Lacey would have almost certainly prosecuted them up to and including prison time.

She was sorry, and teary-eyed, and she said he was sorry. It was a news conference of course.

Sorry? Really? When was the last time “sorry” made a unlawful threat to use deadly force OK?

Police State for sure. Western-style democracy was nice while it lasted.

Would There Have Been a Protest?

Without the video record, I’m sure there would have been a protest, maybe violent, about an officer involved shooting. Bodycam video shows officers confronting machete-wielding man in Hollywood.

A quick news search has revealed that the national media is trying their best to ignore this story. Aside from the Washington Times, and a handful of media outlets in California, only the CBS local in Boston has picked up on the story, and they mostly reference the CBS LA story from November, which doesn’t include all of the video.

Click thru and scroll down for the video. It includes a warning for “graphic content,” but it is complete. Several different body cameras, police helicopter camera, and even some video from a passer-by’s cellphone.

The most disturbing aspect of the whole thing, is how many times the guy with machete was shot, and still he was coming at the officer.

So is it self-defense when cop does it? Yes.

L.A. Seems Shocked that Crime is on the Rise

Because crime is not supposed to impinge of the Progressive Center of the City. Or something. Homicides on the Rise in Downtown.

Since the start of August, eight people have been killed within the Central City. Overall, the killing marked the 15th homicide in Downtown since the start of the year, which has already surpassed last year’s mark of 13 at this time.

But it’s better than it was a few years ago, so that’s OK then.

Your Tax Dollars at Work: The $600K Shipping Container Edition

Facepalm X 2Government sucks, and California government sucks like a Dyson vacuum cleaner, but this is insane. L.A.’s New Project Housing Homeless In Shipping Containers Costs $600k Per Home.

That 600K is higher than the median price of condos in L.A.

The containers will be arranged into towers, then connected by walkways to create a single, unified building topped with rooftop terraces and gardens. They have been specifically manufactured as modular, prefabricated homes because building codes prevent the developer from using recycled containers.

So right off the bat, L.A. is lying to everyone because they are not shipping containers. They just look that way.

“We aren’t actually building housing cheaply; we are just simulating building cheap housing as expensively as possible,” [J.F.] Mailander [a retired banker who has been a vocal critic of Garcetti’s housing policies] said.

But government is “doing something” even if it is insane. Bets on how long it takes for those “rooftop gardens” to be overrun by drug addicts? “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” That is still the most frightening sentence in the English language.

An LA .gov Agency “Failed Dramatically”

Color me shocked. (Not that I’m all that shocked.) Scathing new audit finds deep operational failures at L.A.’s top homeless outreach agency.

The .gov agency in LA that was supposed to…

move hundreds of people from the streets into housing, shelters or treatment for mental illness and substance abuse has failed dramatically to meet the goals.

When a .gov agency loses the LA Times…

The audit found that, despite having more than doubled its staff of outreach workers in the last two years, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority missed seven of nine goals during the 2017-18 fiscal year and five of eight last fiscal year.

And the goals were not “land on the moon” caliber. They were “not unreasonable.”</P

When ever a government “declares war” on a social problem, you can be that the real issue is lining someone’s pockets. Did we win “The War on Poverty?” Are we winning The War on (Some) Drugs™? I didn’t think so.

And the following quote still applies.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
  – Ronald Reagan

Even in Deep Blue Los Angeles, People Are Beginning To Say “Enough!”

That is, “Enough with the taxes, already.” A shrug from voters to struggling L.A. schools, and have a nice summer, kids.

The LA Times is heartbroken that given a choice, taxpayers who already feel overburdened don’t want to pay more in taxes. Isn’t it the Democratic Way to collect more taxes? Not that any problems are ever solved…

A new levy of some kind has failed. Measure EE it was called. Here are some of the comments the reporter has heard.

The district administration is inept, they carped. The union is corrupt and teacher benefits are bloated. Taxes are already too high. Parents are derelict. More money wouldn’t make a difference. Illegal immigration is bankrupting the district.

The last one is telling. Can it really be that in the Liberal Bastion, of LA in the heart of The People’s Republic of California, that voters are finally seeing the impact of illegal immigration? (I’m sure the LA Times will be labeling all of them Racist Trump-supporters in the next day or two.)

Three LA Detectives Contract Typhoid Fever – Maybe

Revisiting the middle ages is not my idea of a vacation. LAPD employee contracts bacteria that causes typhoid fever.

The LAPD said in a statement that it had “learned about an employee from our Central Division who has contracted Salmonella Typhi,” the bacteria that causes typhoid fever.

The department confirmed that a second employee has contracted a lower intestinal infection, but a specific diagnosis has not been determined.

A source who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly said that a third employee had also left work with similar symptoms, and that all three employees were detectives.

The CDC says this isn’t typical in 1st world counties.

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness with symptoms that include stomach pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It is not commonly found in the United States but rather typically occurs in parts of the world where water is more likely to be contaminated with sewage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apparently those parts of the world now include major cities in California.

Modern society was nice while it lasted.

Fahrenheit 451 Seems to be Coming True

I was looking through various news stories for blogging fodder, and I was stopped short by all the video. Police body cameras and security cameras are everywhere. When did all this video end up on news programs? This video reminds me more of Fahrenheit 451 than Nineteen Eighty-four. (The surveillance state usually reminds me George Orwell’s dystopian novel.) LAPD Releases Intense, Disturbing Video Of Officer Being Ambushed

I’m not sure why really, since it doesn’t end in the execution of an innocent man, the way the police chase did in Ray Bradbury’s novel.

I guess what is striking is the glee with which the newscaster describes the events. Even her warning about “very vivid and very violent” video put my teeth on edge.

The censorship part of Fahrenheit 451 has been coming true for some time. Everyone objects to some part of a book until it is eliminated, and finally they just outlaw all books.

Fake Raid on Drug Warehouse By Cop and Friends

This is what The War on (Some) Drugs™ has done. Instead of enforcing the law… Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty in Sham Drug Warehouse Search Case.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from the armed robbery of more than a half-ton of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders from a downtown Los Angeles warehouse.

Federal charges? What, the local authorities couldn’t be bothered to prosecute one of their own?

All three men were dressed as LASD deputies, carried holstered firearms and posed as legitimate law enforcement officers executing a search warrant of the warehouse, court documents state. Perez, a convicted felon, also allegedly brandished a rifle. The warehouse search was allegedly staged to look like law enforcement was executing a search warrant, according to federal prosecutors.

He faces “at least” twelve years in prison. His two accomplices face between 5 and 40 years in prison.

I Thought The Left Says Cooperation Is the Way to Go

Just comply with the bad guys and they will leave you alone. I guess these guys didn’t get that memo. Clerk Shot, Killed At Mid-City Gas Station

Police say the man complied with the suspects’ demands but was shot anyway. The two suspects were described as men in their 20s. They were seen fleeing in a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

And great reporting CBS. Men in their 20s. Is that all the description you have? Height. Weight. Hair color. Anything?

Cooperation with violent criminals is a strategy for getting out of a bad situation in one piece. I happen to think it is not a very good strategy.

Of course being armed to defend yourself is also only a strategy, not a defense. There are no guarantees in this life…

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

Defending yourself has a lot to do with attitude

The women in this video have attitude. Women Use Chairs to Take Down Suspected Carjacker at Nail Salon

This guy was taken down by 3 women at a nail salon. That’ll go over nicely in the big house.

Three women in a nail salon in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles smashed chairs against a carjacking suspect head while defending themselves on Wednesday, January 31.

Two do a credible job of keeping him occupied while the 3rd runs next door for reinforcements. The folks from a neighboring business show up and subdue the bad-guy, holding him for police.

Just click thru and enjoy.