From: General Jeff
To: SERGIO DIAZ
Cc: Captain Blake Chow
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2009 1:32:30 PM
Subject: Central Division Cops give Neighborhood Councilman meaningless ticket
August 7, 2009
Deputy Chief Diaz and
Yesterday at apprx. 6:25 p.m. in Skid Row, L.A.P.D. officers issued a ticket marked "infraction" to a well-respected community activist for what said officers described as "standing in the street".
The community activist was none other than General Jeff, who sits on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and heads a positive, grass-roots organization called ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS in the Skid Row community.
The involved officers were Officer Galvez( badge number 37964) and his partner Officer Valenzuela( badge number unknown).
Without any warning, the officers jumped out of their squad car and immediately told General Jeff, who was speaking to his constituients as he usually does, to get up against the wall and they quickly put him into handcuffs along with the two gentlemen he was conversating with. After searching his person and running his license(and finding nothing illegal of course), the officers still continued to keep the handcuffs on all three men. When General Jeff asked, "why are these cuffs still on me?", Officer Galvez replied, "for your safety".
This is the same General Jeff that has worked extensively with Central Division's S.C.I. unit( Safer Cities Initiative) for almost three years, has often spoken highly of L.A.P.D.'s efforts in the community ( e.g. L.A.P.D. versus the Skid Row 3on3 Streetball League and S.L.O. Joseph's "Ladies Night Out" event) and has put his street credibility/reputation on the line over and over again by continuing to suport the department at events such as L.A.P.D.'s National Night Out, which was just held on August 4th on Olvera Street.
When the concept and strategy of S.C.I. is discussed at meetings, officers are always quick to elude to statistics that show that "meaningless tickets" are not issued as widely as it is being rumored and/or reported. Now, General Jeff has no choice but to think otherwise. Is meeting a ticket quota more important than "protecting and serving" a community? What is being served to the community, tickets?
Just last week, General Jeff was helping at the City Attorney's Project HALO Citation Clinc, where citizen's could have their infraction tickets erased in exchange for community service. Now will General Jeff stand in line with them?
What, then, does this do to the communtiy-officer relationships that are necessary to heal this abused area? What message does this send out to the rest of society that truly believe that the L.A.P.D. is doing everything possible to "clean up" this area? Will General Jeff join other activists that are already against the L.A.P.D. and S.C.I.?