LAPD respond in full force: 100 gang members in park
November 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES – On August 2, 2009 there was a massive police response were about 100 teens were having a social function at Norman O Houston Park on La Brea & Stocker in Baldwin Hills in the City of Los Angeles.
There was a fight between two girls earlier in the day but the event in the park was without incident until the police arrived about an hour later. The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department decided to break up the gathering at the park, so they took a tactical position about 2 blocks away on Don Thomaso Drive between Don Miguel and Don Filipe Drives where approximately 20 police cars had assemble for about 30 minutes.
Over the police scanner they were stating that there were 100 gang members in the park but as far as we knew there were no crimes being perpetrated among the teens gathering. After the helicopter (air unit) had been deployed to the park, the police moved on the group caravanning west on Stocker then moving north on La Brea into the park. When they arrived, they blocked both entrances of the parking lot preventing anyone from leaving.
They began their investigation by checking people, frisking and conducting searches in cars that were in the parking lot. They told some people to disburse while they took a few people into custody. They searched several cars and persons before they were permitted to leave the park. No one was hurt and we are not sure if anyone taken into custody was even arrested but most of the teens complained that they were being harassed by the police and that the response to their gathering was completely unnecessary.
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