Uninformed Radio Host Claims Smear Campaign against Jamiel Shaw

Doug McIntyre

Doug McIntyre

Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
May 15, 2008

I recently wrote an article about the murder of Jamiel Shaw to emphasize that the conflict between the Bloods and 18th Street is the primary reason why the shooter targeted Jamiel and not race. The main point is that Pedro Espinoza, was not on 5th Avenue looking for a random black person to murder. I was heavily criticized by Doug McIntyre from 790 KABC and many of his assertions about my article were completely wrong. What follows are responses to his statements made on May 13, 2008 from his morning radio show in Los Angeles.

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*I never called Jamiel Shaw a “hardened gang banger” nor do I even come close to it in the article. The “hardened gang banger” or the hard core element of the gang is precisely what I am saying Jamiel was NOT. The word “gang” has become so stigmatized and over criminalized that the knee jerk reaction towards anything that is “gang-related” is to condemn those involved as criminals and domestic terrorists. Most of the members of a gang are not felonious offenders and most people cannot comprehend this dichotomy. The gang as a whole is not a criminal organization, but the hard core members use the gang as a conduit to express their anger, self-hate, crime and violence, while many of the other members take a back seat. The smaller group of hard core members are on a path of violent delinquent behavior regardless of gang membership because of their dysfunctional value system. Fortunately most gang members do not lash out so aggressively.

*McIntyre calling me a “self professed expert” I find a bit condescending. My education, articles published, nearly ten years working in the judicial system on gang cases, 15 years of research on gangs, being cited in dozens on books on the topic, working with the leading gang researchers in the country, appearing on more programs than I can count, producing television programs on the topic, I believe has established my credentials. I was even a guest on his show last year on the topic of gangs.

*I vehemently challenge the belief that the 18th Street gang in Los Angeles has a membership that includes 80 percent of illegal aliens. Just think about this number for a moment. Our illegal inmate population in California is about 15% (25,000 of 172,000 inmates). Our gang population in Los Angeles County of approximately 100,000 includes roughly 10% illegal aliens (high estimate) so if we assume that every illegal alien gang member in the County belongs to 18th Street, then at most you would have a gang that has 50 percent of its members illegal (Thats 10,000 of the total 20,000 members of 18th Street in LA County). But examining this with a little logic, we know that the illegal alien gang members are going to be disbursed throughout the 500 Hispanic gangs in the County. Additionally the 18th Street gang that has factions 40 years old, of roughly 20,000 members, is a generational gang that has a strong base of US born members, so it is impossible for that gang to have a population of 80 percent illegal aliens.

This erroneous statistic comes from a 2003 report by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a politician that McIntyre and others on KABC would rarely rely on as a credible source of information because of her left leaning liberal record, but she has garnered some credibility from conservatives who now cite her on this outrageously false characterization. The statistic as it appears in Feinstein’s report cites the National Drug Intelligence Center, but the Senator’s report does not provide a proper citation for that statistic and her report claims that 80 percent of the State’s, not LA’s, 18th Street gang population is illegal. A Report by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators in 2005 uses the same statistic, but that report at least sites the National Drug Intelligence Center, U.S. Department of Justice, Connecticut Gang Threat Assessment report of 2003 and this report does not even talk about 18th Street, so where does this stat come from?

*Within the worst neighborhoods that are plagued with gangs, approximately ten to fifteen percent of the adolescent population gravitates towards gangs. This is actually a good sign, because it reveals that the gangs are not ravaging and terrorizing neighborhoods as McIntyre has suggested, and if you go to the Arlington Heights neighborhood on any day and drive through the community some might be surprised how appealing this community looks. Additionally, only a small portion of those that gravitate towards gangs exhibit habitual and predatory like criminal behavior.

*My analysis of what may have caused the shooter to kill Shaw is being reduced by McIntyre as “a short skirt defense” without understanding the severity and consequences of anyone who fashions themselves after or emulates gang culture. On one hand we are quick to criticize popular culture and hip-hop for promoting gang activity through rap music and videos and other medium used by the music industry, and rightfully so for its negative influence, however we do not want recognize its potential harm on young people and the danger it poses to walk the walk. To McIntyre, “what difference does it make?,” and to disregard this issue is irresponsible.

*A “gang-banger” is an active member of a gang who actively puts in violent work for his gang which includes shooting, assaults and murders, and I never put Shaw in a “gang-banger” category.

*My article never claimed that Shaw was in a gang database. The data base includes only those that the police have made contact with, so if you are in a gang, but never had police contact, you will not be in the database.

*The article I wrote, never stated that “Jamiel was responsible for his own death” nor does it even suggest to blame Jamiel. The murder of young Jamiel is horrific and I merely attempted to describe why the shooter targeted him. No matter what we learn about Jamiel, it is the shooter who was responsible for Jamiel’s death, and if found guilty he should receive a severe punishment.

I’ve always considered McIntyre to be a fair minded reliable conservative voice, but he misinterpreted my message to his audience and for those who never read it would have a completely different take on what I wrote. McIntyre has associated me with a political camp that preaches an “open border” policy for which I have no relationship with. Nor am I part of this “system” or a “game” as he contends, who supports illegal immigration, and I am not connected to the Mayor’s Office or aligned with anyone in the LA County District Attorney’s office.

I firmly believe that if one is found guilty of a serious crime such as the one Espinoza was found guilty of last year, the County government, who had Espinoza in custody, should have placed a hold on him, investigated his immigration status and then turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

My analysis of the shooting was not done so to attack Jamiel’s Law, a proposed City ordinance or to uphold Special Order 40, a current City ordinance. If any entity is responsible for the events that led up to Jamiel’s murder, it should be our County government who had Espinoza in custody. Espinoza was arrested on November 18, 2007 in Culver City, California, and then turned over to the County to await trial in State Court where he was convicted and sentenced to serve his time in a County facility, that ultimately released him on March 1, 2008. The City of LA was not involved with in any actions related to the custody, arrest and/or prosecution of Espinoza stemming from his November arrest in 2007. The murder of Jamiel did occurred in the City of LA, but if the County turned Espinoza over to ICE (or if ICE placed a hold on Espinoza’s release), then Jamiel would be alive right now. None of the preventative measures that are being discussed and recommended by McIntyre and others would have stopped the County from releasing Espinoza from custody.

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78 Comments for “Uninformed Radio Host Claims Smear Campaign against Jamiel Shaw”

  1. SMQ

    Mr Alonso,

    You told the truth and you have nothing to explain. This has become about politics and those people who want a political candidate to support are using the Shaws.They need the story to be about what they needed it to be about and the truth you told disputes what they needed. That's all it is and don't worry or explain yourself any further because your credentials and motives are without dispute. The truth will out.

  2. Excellent clarification of your position. Thank you for that.

  3. McIntyre is full of crap. If his My Space page isn't his it can be taken down by him in an hour. All he has to do is contact them. It's so obvious that Jamiel Shaw put up those pages. He's also not telling the truth about the D.A.'s office, which is saying that Jamiel was killed because the murderer thought he was with the Bloods. They've already said that, so what DA did he talk to?

  4. George Jackson

    When you come with on point analysis there's always going to be assholes who try to over-simplify your position and mis-portray it. This is a case of that.

  5. G. Jackson

    Its so crazy that racists like Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly acting like they give a fuck about Jameil when in reality they're just using his death to go after immigrants. They're pimping his death for their purposes, they couldn't care less about a dead brother in the streets.

  6. Kev Mac

    I wouldn't even waste my time trying to explain the situation any further.. its pretty clear what you were trying say.

    With your background and experience I'm shocked that you feel compelled to explain anything to him when for years you would disregard members of your own forum..

    Also, i am shocked at how long it has taken for the media to twist your message and facts while ignoring your expertise in this field. Twisting up points and the truth is something euro american media has practiced for decades. Illegal Immigrants, gang-banging, and the murder of J Shaw are also hot topics and makes for good ratings. Do you!

  7. C. Rose

    Your article never suggested that Jamiel was a gang member, instead it pointed out the truth about youth associating themselves through jesters or slangs via My Space or though IM text messages. Youth today think that using the word "cuzz" or "crab" or "slob" in text messages or on their My Space page is harmless because they are not gang members. I appreciate that you explained the truth, how innocent, non gang affiliated kids get caught up with gang culture even though they are not gang members.
    Don't let the negative feedback frustrate you anymore. You are the only one I know who has the most REAL knowledge on gang life so keep up the good work.

  8. MARIA

    HI ONES AGAIN IF YOU DIDINT HAVE ALL THOSES THINGS ON TV, INTERNET, RADIO, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPER , BOOKES STREETS, STORES, ABOUT VIOLANCE AND WEAPONS MABY THIS COUNTRY USA CAN BE HELPED . ITS THE THE KIDS FAULT. ITS OUR LEADERS, PRISIDEANTS, COVENORA ALL THEM YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE CHANGE STOP PUTTING TO MUCH VIOLANCE IN USA. AND NOT TO MENTION NOT TO PUT DRUGS IN USA MAKE IT SO EASY TO GET IT. IT IS UD ADULTS YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CHANGE DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT AND STOP COMMPLAING ABOUT IT OK. IF THE ADULTS A SPECIALY LEADERS DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT AND FIND HEALTHY THINGS TO DO FOR OUR KIDS THEN THESES THINGS WONT HAPPEN AND YOU KNOW ITS TRUE SO STOP COMPLAING AND ADMIT IT MARIA

  9. MARIA

    KIDS ARE NOT TO BLAIM YOU HAVE TO FIND HEALTHY GOOD THINGS FOR THEM TO DO BUT DO YOU DO THAT? I DONT THINK SO NOTHING BUT VILANCE WEAPONS AND DRUNGS EVERYWERE IN USA AND THE ADULTS DO ALL THAT THE AMERICANS ADULT DO IT NOT THE KIDS. AND DONT BLAIM OTHER COUNTRYS EATHER THATS AN EXCUSE THAT YOU WILL TAKE YOUR YOUR FAULT MARIA

  10. Ms. Prettibrwn

    Give me a break. Your thinnly veiled excuses do not fool me. Now, it seems like you are saying that the victim was targeted because he was pretending to be a gang member. I'm still not satisfied.
    Your Gang Credentials do not impress me. Infact, you could have spent that extra time on your hands creating programs that would better assist your people out of poverty, which is basically the driving force behind most of the madness.

    I don't need a degree in gangology to know how the mind of a basic, low level, violent criminal works. There are many behaviorialist, psychologists and psychiatrists who have studied the subject much more intensly than you.
    If I didn't know any better, I would think that you wrote those replies yourself, but then….that would be a little strange.

    Nobody likes violent criminals. When they should not be here in the first place, then that makes it all the worse. Why would anybody fight against that?

    You are full of contradictions. If the law is targeting mexicans then the murderer was targeting promising young black men.
    If you can not see the irony in that, I can't help you.

  11. MARIA

    OK AND IF YOU HAD PARENTS FATHER OR MOTHER WHO STAY HOME WITH KIDS GROWING UP AND TEACHING THEM ABOUT LIKE AND MAKING SURE THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG THINGS WOULD NOT HAPPEND BUT KNOW YOU AMERICANS ARE SO INTO MONEY MAKING YOU HAVE TO ALL WORK AND FORGET YOU HAVE KIDS PUT THEM INTO DAYCARES AND BABYSITTING WERE THE KIDS SHOULD BE WITH THERE PARENTS. PARENTS SHOULD BE TEACHING THEM ABOUT LIFE. AND ONTHER THING PARENTS NEVER SHOW EMOTIONS OR SAY I LOVE YOU TO THERE KIDS THATS WHY KIDS SHOW ALOT OF HATE AND VIOLANCE YOU GUYS DONT EVEN HUGG OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT OR KISS YOUR KIDS.. DONT EVEN SAY I LOVE YOU TO THEM. LAST THING YOU LOVE TO SEND THEM AUT THE MINUTE THEY ARE TEEN SEND THEM TO LIVE THEM OUT ON THERE OWN WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN READY YET STIL BABYS EMOTIONALY ALL THIS IN USA OF COURSE AND LEAVE THEM ALONE AT HOME KIDS VERY LITTLE OR EVEN WENEN THEY ARE TEENS THEY SEE HEAR EVERYTHING ON TV, INTERNET ABOUT VIOLANCE, DRUGS THAT YOU AMERICANS PUT IN IT OF COURSE. SPECIALY THE LITTLE KIDS SEE IT HOW NICE LITTLE KIDS THEY DONT NEED TO SEE SEX ANYWERE WHEN THEYBARE ALONE AT HOME I CAN SAY MORE I HAVE ALOT OF TIME PLENTY TO SAY MARIA

  12. MARIA

    YOU KNOW WHY YOU ACTING LIKE THIS ITS BECAUSE YOU KNOW ITS THE TRUTH I LIVED TO LONG IN USA SEEN ALOT BEEN THROUGH ALOT DID ALOT LIVED EVERYWERE IN USA AND EUROPE EVEN I SOUTH AMERICA WERE I AM FROM BY THE WAY I AM AMERICAN CITIZEN. YOU CANT HANDLE ME THATS ALL I AM TO TRONG FOR YOU TO POWERFUL ADMIT IT STUPED. I AM FEMALE LATINA AND PROUD OD IT NOT TALKING TO YOU NO MORE WAIST OF TIME SO BYE STUPED MARIA

  13. T. Reynolds

    Ms. Prettibrown quit being such a hater.

    Do something productive

  14. laureen

    The only smear campaign i see is this one against Alex Alonso.

  15. Placido

    Dougie fresh is reaching. It’s a Jedi mind trick. He’s multiplexing topics and streamlining conclusions. Not too mention a slight generalization to squeeze his square views into round holes. If Alex and the self professed veteran conversed offline on a per topic basis…….they’d probably discover they have nothing significant to argue about. He’s taking Alex’s response on one topic, and applying them to slightly different topics, in this case that of immigration. Keep in mind it’s his job ruffle feathers; not always an easy task for a bald turkey. His primary agenda is immigration in which, for better or worse, Jamiel has become a martyr for. I have no problem with his view; but don’t insult my intelligence and tell me 2 + 2 = 4437.

    To the best of my knowledge Mr. Alonzo has never justified poor Jamiel’s murder, he’s simply said it was based on gang rather than race, he’s taken the next step in attempting to substantiate this. STOP RIGHT THERE!!! Anything further is a different topic and until Alex says it, don’t make the stretch or assume he did.

    As for Alex, if your intentions and heart our pure…….don’t waste a second vindicating yourself…..you know you can’t please everyone. Does 6 minutes have enough credentials to even call you a self-professed gang expert? Just keep seeking truth……in a world of objectivity is the closest thing we have to absolute (not the Vodka).

  16. MARIA

    AT LEAST MEXINAS VALUE FAMILY AND THEY CARE HOW TO RACE FAMILY YOU WHITE PEOPLE DONT. MARIA

  17. MARIA

    TAKE ALL THE STUPED THINGS AWAY YOU ALL AMERICAND PUT ON USA THAT IS VIOLANT FOR KIDS AND EVERYONE ELSE TO SEE AND LEARN AND HEAR THEN YOU DONT HAVE VIOLANCE EVEN ALCOHOL LIKE BEER YOU GUYS DRINK BEER MORNING AND NIGHT LIKE IF IT WAS WATER AND YOU GUYS GET VERY DRUNK TO AND DRIVE WILE DRUNK AND DO STUPED THINGS.VILANCE IS ALL YOU GUYS HAVE TO SEE TO LEARN EVERYWERE SO WHAT YOU EXPECT KIDS TO LEARN? DAAAA

  18. MARIA

    YOU GUYS JUST DONT GET IT DONT YOU? MEN ARE STUPED PERIOD I WAS RIGHT AMERICAN MEN ARE VERY SUPED STUCK UP I THOUGHT EURUPEAN MEN WERE BAD AND POSESIVE AND DOMINATING BUT YOU GUYS ARE JUST PLAIN STUPED AND IGNORANT. AMERICAN MEN ONLY GOOD FOR WORKING MAKING MONEY THATS IT OF AND PAYING BILLS THATS IT. LATIN MEN ONLY GOOD FOR DATING SAYING NICE THINGS TO YOU. BASECLY ALL MEN STUPED WOMEN VERY SMART YOU GUYS DONT GET A CLUE ABOUT ANYTHING WHAT I SAY WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS WAKE UP LISTEN TO WHAT I SAY MARIA

  19. Tony

    Maria,
    I don't know you…You seem very angry…You probably have all of this time on your hands because you have driven your man out of the house…I am Latino as well…via mexican parents and growing up in Belize to be exact..But I don't think I could stand to listen to you for more than 5 minutes…Would have to buy a muzzle at Petsmart so I could stand to be around you…
    Anyway, Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, etc., etc.,etc… We are all human and need to treat each other as such. Maria, the hate you spout out about white people is disgusting…Gangbanging aside, it is the same thing that causes the race wars between the blacks and mexicans. Stereotyping anyone is pure ignorance…we are all the same, what we experience in life is what molds us and makes us good and bad. Evidently you have had a bad experience with the wrong kind of people…And want to spread your hatred…Just Wrong…

  20. caz

    Placido's argumentation skills are impressive. Placido is articulate and has no agenda. He is only interested in flushing out the truth and exposing fallacious reasoning.

    Almost all people commenting on this board are guilty of Ad Hominem ( attacking the person and not the issue).

    Focus on the subject matter.

  21. jonno

    hey whats wrong with you yanks? you probably got the highest crime rate of any country on this planet and you only have your attitude of sympathy for the likes of a no hoper gutless criminal like this jamiel shaw to blame for it. if the authorities were fair dinkum about getting rid of these undesirable low lifes they would make it a felony to belong, form or associate with any scum sucking gangs or their members. as for jamiels murder,im sure he had a choice of ,lets see" gang life"(steal,assault,rob,rape,kill) or,get a fucking job like any other law abiding citizen does ,so when you fucking waste precious air debating whether this fuckwit deserved to be murdered or not…the answers easy WHO GIVES A FUCK,one less scum bag on the streets.

  22. High Praise For The Truth

    I just got this statement in an email from Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope. Najee Ali speaks the truth…

    The murder of Jamiel Shaw and why the truth is never a smear campaign.

    The murder of Jamiel Shaw the 17 year old L.A.High football star who was shot and killed on March 2, in cold blood allegedly at the hands of Pedro Espinoza an illegal immigrant and member of 18th Street gang one of the largest Latino gangs in L.A.County — sent shockwaves throughout the nation.

    It also has caused a national debate on Special order 40,Which is a mandate implemented in 1979 by the Los Angeles City council and Police Chief Daryl Gates preventing LAPD officers from obtaining immigration status from detained suspects.The mandate was passed in an effort to encourage residents who are in the country illegally to report crimes without intimidation.

    Critics of the measure point out that the mandate also prevents officers from obtaining immigration status from gang members, violent criminals and other felons.Special order 40 is now back in the national spotlight with right wing radio and T.V.host's, conservatives and the family of Jamiel Shaw who are pushing for a Jamiel's Law named after Jamiel.

    Part of this new law proposal would require law enforcement ask gang members of their citizenship. Now whether you support Jamiels law or not–that's not my issue. My focus for the last 15 years is continuing to try and save lives and helping to end gang violence in our community.

    Which is why Jamiel’s murder is and should be a national concern. I believe it could have been avoided. Jamiel on several of his my space pages proclaimed that he was a member of Rollin 20’s NHB (Neighborhood Bloods). There are several pictures with Jamiel flashing gang signs and threatening rival gangs that included the crips and 18 th Street gang with violence which ironically is the gang his alleged killer is from.

    Now there are some who are saying that pointing these facts out is a smear campaign and those that search for the truth are killing Jamiel all over again.That’s ridiculous . Were not calling him a gang member.Jamiel called himself a gang member.In fact in several of his pictures he is dressed in red,which is the color of the Bloods.

    He was killed wearing several items of red on. My point is this I don't believe Jamiel was a hard core gang member–he probably has no arrests and may not even be in the gang database.But he was net banging in cyberspace and that can be just as deadly. Even false claiming of a gang can get you killed.

    Jamiel Shaw Sr. who I'm sure by all accounts was a good dad and did all he could for his son is wrong about some issues concerning his son’s tragic murder This was not a hate crime and his rhetoric has made tensions between Blacks and Latinos worse in this city.

    Jamiel was targeted because his murderer thought he was a rival gang member based on his wearing of his red belt ,wrist bands and back pack.Mr. Shaw’s efforts with forcing prosecutor Michele Hanisee off the case after meeting with D.A.Steve Cooley and complaining about her work are very troubling. Hanisee by all accounts is a true professional and one of the best prosecutors in her office.

    To slander and taint her work is unconscionable .I believe she probably told Mr. Shaw an inconvenient truth about Jamiel’s secret life of cyberspace gang banging and he couldn't handle it.So now it appears that Mr. Shaw and his supporters are willing to go at any length to stop the truth from getting out.

    Their efforts include the slandering of prosecutor Hanisee as well as Mr. Shaw’s disgusting racial remarks about gang expert Alex Alonso on The John and Ken show on KFI radio last week. I for one don't care what anyone says about me and that includes members of the Shaw lynch mob.Their true target should be the website Myspace.com,which allowed Jamiel and so many others youths to currently post messages of promoting gangs, and threats of violence against other youths.

    Our organization plans on calling a press conference this week and calling My Space out for not taking these pages and accounts down that promote gang violence.Jamiel is gone but maybe Jamiel's law should be an effort for the community to help monitor and hold Myspace.com accountable for spreading gang culture. I believe that Jamiel was a good son and outstanding athlete But he also was a member of My Space where he claimed membership in the Bloods street gang. The truth is never a smear campaign.

    Najee Ali

    Executive Director

    Project Islamic HOPE

    http://www.islamichope.org

    • informer

      you are a joke that runs away from car accidents and bribes witness. YOu are a felon to boot! You punked out during the Stanley Miller beating by LAPD because Chief Bratton had dirt on you. Your opinion is worthless as your pathetic group you run.

  23. One Nation

    Brother Najee speaks for peace and truth as he always has. The voice of reason in a shitstorm of hatred.

  24. Larry

    YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!!!

    Most gang members are excellent law abiding citizens? Making money from drugs, killing to protect their territory, prostitution, extortion, fear and intimidation is EXCELLENT CITIZENSHIP!!!!

    IDIOT!!!!!

  25. JoeyZ

    Come out with your real name "Larry" and tell Najee Ali that he's "out of his mind" but say it with your name in front of our community you racist retard.

    Listen to the death rattle. Cause you're over now, Hater. Your 15 minutes are up!

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