Just more senseless violence in the inner city. You gotta love America right about now. JD
Monthly Archives: April 2011
This has to be the dumbest human on the planet. Anthony Garcia of a Pico Rivera California gang thought it would be a good idea to put a tattoo of a crime scene where he killed a liquor store clerk on his chest so everyone would know he committed the crime. What a douchebag.
NORWALK, Calif. – When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was routinely looking through snapshots of tattooed gang members, he saw something that caught his eye – a crime scene he was familiar with.
Anthony Garcia, a member of the Rivera-13 gang, had a tattoo that resembled the scene of the liquor store killing of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004, reports the Los Angeles Times.
There were numerous details the murder inked on the gang member. The paper reports that the tattoo included the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where Juarez was shot and killed, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign. Above everything read the title, “RIVERA KILLS”, a reference to the gang. A helicopter was also placed above the scene raining down bullets, a nod to Garcia’s alias “Chopper.”
When police discovered the evidence on Garcia’s chest in 2008, they launched an investigation, which was followed by the arrest of Garcia, reports the paper.
This week, an undercover policeman placed in Garcia’s cell got a confession from the suspect. That yielded a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had initially given up hope on, the paper reports.
“Think about it. He tattooed his confession on his chest. You have a degree of fate with this,” Capt. Mike Parker told the Times.
Garcia faces 65 years to life when he is sentenced on May 19 in a Norwalk court.
Pico Rivera is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
An Anchorage police officer who took on a false identity that masked his Mexican citizenship has been arrested and charged with passport fraud, federal officials said Friday.
At a news conference Friday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said that patrolman Rafael Espinoza, on the Anchorage police force for about six years, was really Rafael Mora-Lopez, a Mexican national working in the United States illegally.
The man known as Officer Espinoza — Mora-Lopez, in reality — was an excellent employee, Police Chief Mark Mew said. The investigation has so far not turned up any information that Mora-Lopez was involved in any other criminal activity outside the case announced Friday, Mew said.
“His problem was he lied his way into the job,” Mew said.
The identity swap was discovered when the police officer applied for a U.S. passport in January and officials from the State Department found that the Rafael Espinoza identity he was using was actually another person, a U.S. citizen in the Lower 48, Loeffler said.
The investigation is continuing, Loeffler said.
“We’re just sorting through everything at this point,” Loeffler said. “What happened is as soon as we were able to identify who the person was, the most important thing was to take action.”
Mora-Lopez was arrested Thursday. Loeffler declined to say when Mora-Lopez entered the United States and where he has been since then. She said he didn’t appear to be part of a larger conspiracy.
“We have no evidence at this time that this individual had been anything but a good police officer,” Loeffler said.
Still, the man known as Espinoza handled many cases in six years, Mew said.
The state Attorney General’s office will be looking closely at cases Officer Espinoza investigated, said John Skidmore, supervisor of the department’s Special Prosecutions Unit.
“At this time, we have no reason to believe, with what we know so far, that this gentleman, this officer’s, good work for APD has in any way been compromised or questioned,” Skidmore said. “The work that he performed, the other facts to which he testified, we have no reason to believe that any of that is inaccurate. He did so under an assumed name, and yes that’s something we need to evaluate and look at.”
Part of the ongoing investigation will look into how the Mexican national slipped through the screening process for Anchorage police officers, Mew said. For example, officers must pass a lie-detector test during the interview process, Mew said.
“As part of that, do you ask them their name?” a reporter asked Mew.
“He obviously got through the polygraph,” Mew said. “I can tell you what we generally ask, but what’s at issue is what did we ask on that day, in that interview, and we haven’t gotten to that yet.”
Both Espinozas — the real one and the one hired by the Anchorage Police Department — had “squeaky clean backgrounds,” Mew said. There was nothing to indicate the man should not have been hired, he said.
Loeffler’s office said in a prepared statement that Mora-Lopez is 51 years old. At his arraignment just after Loeffler and Mew took questions from reporters, Mora-Lopez told a U.S. magistrate judge he was 47.
Mora-Lopez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. Passport fraud, a felony, carries a maximum 10-year sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Judge John D. Roberts set Mora-Lopez’s bail at $50,000 and approved conditions for his release that include home confinement and electronic monitoring.
Mora-Lopez’s attorney revealed that his client had turned in a letter of resignation to the police department. The attorney, who declined to give his name, told the judge that Mora-Lopez had lived in Anchorage since the late 1980s and he has a wife and child living here.
Wearing orange prison clothes, Mora-Lopez had tears in his eyes as court officers put him in handcuffs and led him from the room.
“I was pretty proud to serve the community,” Mora-Lopez said as he shuffled out.
Good God! It just doesn’t get any better than this! The two black girls that beat up a white girl were actually beating up what used to be a white man. Talk about hate crimes. JD
A Baltimore LGBT group, called Equality Maryland, confirmed that the victim of the Baltimore McDonalds’ beating is a transgender woman. Lisa Polyak, vice president of the board of directors for Equality Maryland commented on the video.
“It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched,”
“There’s no excuse for that violence under any circumstances, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime.” Equality Maryland called on state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to investigate the case as a hate crime.
Police said a 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile for the assault while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman.
It seems that the fight was over “using a bathroom”. Sadly this could get messy also for the victim, legally.
The Baltimore Legislature recently shot down a “bathroom bill” which would have given transgender people the right to choose which bathroom they would like to use.
If this is a case of a 22 year old man entering a bathroom while a 14 year old girl was using it – get ready for a legal showdown.
Any sleazeball criminal defense attorney will have enough facts to argue for a dismissal. I am sure the two girls have already been called by attorneys willing to take the case pro bono, trying to make a name.
LGBT rights will spend more time on trial during this soon-to-be circus than the girls will. Still, all must agree that the assault, without a doubt, is heinous.
The Smoking Gun reports- The police report identifies the victim as 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis, who appears identical to Christopher Lee Polis, whose rap sheet includes convictions for disorderly conduct, property destruction, and prostitution, according to court records.
Polis told police that she was walking to the restaurant’s bathroom when she “got into a verbal argument with two black females” who “began punching her in the face with their fists and pulling her hair.”