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Officials believe truck torching connected to earlier attacks on Hemet police


Hemet police are investigating the torching of four code enforcement trucks in a city parking lot Tuesday night, believing it to be part of a pattern of attacks targeting them since December.

The four white pickups showed signs of burning this morning in the roped off lot as investigators scoured the area for clues. Last week state Atty. General Jerry Brown announced a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attacks.

The first three were booby traps aimed at members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force.

Hemet police said they believe Tuesday night's incident, just a block from the police station, was connected to the earlier assaults.

So far there are no suspects but gang officers recently launched a crackdown on the Vagos motorcycle gang, which has a reputation for infiltrating police departments.

In December, a gas utility line was redirected to fill the offices with gas; any spark could have triggered an explosion. In February, a modified handgun was hidden by the gate to the office and rigged to fire. When a gang officer opened the gate, the weapon went off, narrowly missing him. And two weeks ago, police said, a "dangerous" device was found near the unmarked car of a task-force member.

On Friday afternoon, someone called 911 saying a police car would be blown up in the next two days as revenge for a law-enforcement sweep earlier this week of a local motorcycle gang.

--David Kelly in Hemet

Photo: Investigators at the scene where several Hemet city trucks were set ablaze late Tuesday night. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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Great, now we have mexican gand style violence being exported across the border. 13 million illegals and counting....what did we expect?!

Death Penalty, implemented swiftly and effectively. Nothing else.

So..when are the comments going to start where the liberals and democrats are to be blamed for all this?

Do not overlook the possibility that someone is angry about an inspection or violation notification by a code enforcement person. This is Hemet we are talking about and their are a lot of people that just frankly don't like government of any sort. I hope they think very broad in their investigation not just the gangs. I think that the City Police need assistance on this one. Could be home-bred terrorism, if so please use the regular courts.

What? No one is going to blame this on healthcare reform? No one is going to explain how this event is a sign of America becoming socialist?


And no survelance video? Come on people, somebody out there has something. When these criminals lost their respect for the law, we, the public, will suffer.

america's been violent long before our current immigration policies. and if you've been reading the news, you would know that US weaponry moving south across the border is partly responsible for the ongoing violence in mexico.

but seriously, is every news story a venue for dem vs repub flame wars? when did we become such simpletons that we can't enlarge our world view beyond us versus them?

the very first thing we need to do to fight this is to convince the bleeding heart liberals that we need to do something other than "hugging" these criminals..

we have all the laws in the world to deal with this kind of thing..we it seems like the liberal elite had castrated our society .

Mathmattx, Might I bring up the Russian, Irish and Italian Mafia and the many other groups of immigrants that have come to "our" (or the indiginous indians) shores? Don't forget the Cuban's who were let out by Castro in the 80's (mariolitos?). Gangs are gangs, do you think they do not frighten the many law-abiding American-Mexicans in the area? Beside these gangs are probably 3rd or 4th generation. Too bad no one wants to increase taxes to publicly finance adequate enforcement of our laws and prison space to have a proportional response.

If it turns out be the vagos behind these crimes...Lancaster's mayor Rex Parrish, who ealier denied letting them celebrate in our city will be acknowleged for his courage and judement.

US law enforcement is undoubtedly the best trained in the World.! And none are better than California police academies. However we must not overlook that they have their share of corruption and even organized crime cronies within those forces.! The FBI have long been aware of the latter factor and have mounds of dossiers pertaining to this.!

Another important point is that many California police forces have some fascist elements within them too.! And hemet has long had a reputation for bullying and
harrassment profiling.

Prehaps the attacks on police and police property is a retributional statement from victims of that police abuse.!

fantazamaraz: British Writer-Critic-Broadcaster.

Question Authority. Don't feed the machine.
Maybe these misfit cops have really upset someone with, big enough balls to wage war with the police dept, the district attorney, and now the United Stars of America. You can't harass and opress a community and not expect to recieve violent retaliation. Now these cop gangs are crying becuase they can't take the heat, so they go weeping to there mommy the FBI.

Disembodied weapons floating across border killing people.....my gosh!


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