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    An anti-gang officer in Hemet, Calif., discovered a deadly device attached to his car Friday — in what appears to be the third attempt in the past two months to injure or kill members of an anti-gang unit in southwest Riverside County, MyFoxLA.com reported.

    An officer with the Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force called for back-up after discovering a threatening device next to his car, parked outside of a store. Authorities cordoned off the intersection near the vehicle while a bomb unit disabled the instrument.

    The explosive device had been affixed to the vehicle prior to the officer's drive to the store, Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart told MyFoxLA.com.

    "We're not releasing what type of device it was," Wisehart said. "All we can say is it would have killed or injured the officer if it had done what it was supposed to do."

    Authorities have not yet named a suspect.

    The booby trap comes months after authorities discovered a natural gas line on the roof of the task force's headquarters building had been redirected into the facility — filling it with gas, which could have caused an explosion. In February, an anti-gang officer was opening a gate at the task force's office when he was nearly struck by a bullet that was part of a booby trap triggered when the gate moved, MyFoxLA.com reported.

    The task force is now operating from an undisclosed location.

    The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of whoever is responsible for the previous two attacks.
    Be safe out there.
    Originally Posted by Law100
    Note to everyone: notice how respect I am

  • #2
    Thankful no one was hurt. seriously, be safe!


    • #3
      Sounds like they need to assign some more coppers to the task force and start hammering those a-holes out there.
      Originally Posted by VegasMetro
      maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????


      • #4
        Jesus Christ.

        Be careful out there and watch your six.
        The more you sweat in here, the less you'll bleed on the street. - Plaque at LASD academy


        • #5
          Ditto: be careful. There's nothing better than giving these turf-wads a bit more "special" care & attention.


          • #6
            Here's another one.


            HEMET, Calif. -- The tense atmosphere surrounding a California police department plagued by booby trap attacks has been stepped up a notch following the latest threat against officers.

            Someone called 911 at about 5:45 p.m. Friday saying a police car would be blown up in the Hemet-San Jacinto area in the next 24 to 48 hours, Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana said.

            "We're heightening the alert," Dana told The Press-Enterprise. The caller said the attack would be in retaliation for the law enforcement sweep against the Vagos Motorcycle Club earlier this week.

            The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has not been able to confirm the threat, Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela said.

            About 30 members of the Vagos, California's largest motorcycle gang, were arrested in Riverside County on Wednesday, as part of a crackdown across the state and in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The gang specializes in methamphetamine sales, identity theft and violence, Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Walter Meyer said.

            Dana said someone he believes may have been a gang member tried to get into a news conference Thursday at the district attorney's office in Riverside. The person was turned away, he said, because he didn't have a press credential.

            At that news conference, Dana, District Attorney Rod Pacheco, state Attorney General Brown and others announced a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Hemet-area booby traps aimed at officers in recent weeks.

            First, a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit's headquarters. The building filled with flammable vapor but an officer smelled the danger before anyone was hurt.

            Then, a ballistic contraption was attached to a sliding security fence around the building. An officer opening the black steel gate triggered the mechanism, which sent a bullet within eight inches of his face.

            In another attempted booby trap attack, some kind of explosive device was attached to a police officer's unmarked car while he went into a convenience store.

            Gang enforcement officers appear to be the target of the assassination attempts, though Dana noted the devices were indiscriminate by nature and could have killed any police or law enforcement officer.

            A prevalent theory for the attacks is that Vagos members were angered when members of Hemet's anti-gang task force monitored them at a funeral in a church opposite the task force's former headquarters.

            The incidents have shaken a close-knit police department already demoralized by steep budget cuts that last year saw its officer numbers slashed by a quarter to 68. Officers are checking under cars for bombs and scouting for other potential hazards.

            "I would call the mood tense," Capt. Marghis said. "Everyone is being very vigilant about their surroundings and the environment."
            Everybody be careful.
            Originally Posted by Law100
            Note to everyone: notice how respect I am


            • #7
              I saw pictures of the zip gun and stuff; this isn't a joke.
              "Officer, you are kinda hot."

              "And you are kinda intoxicated."


              • #8


                • #9
                  The DEA, ATF, USMS, and FBI need to descend on hemet and help these guys out in a BIG way before one of the cops ends up getting killed. This reads like the crap the BLA did years ago.


                  • #10
                    Sounds like the Vagos need the attention of whatever federal entities, open or shadow, that deal with terrorists.
                    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

                    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq


                    • #11
                      See vago, arrest same, look for fertive movment, protect self.

                      Its time for a gang injunction or some other type of full court press, otherwise this will sweep onto other gangs. we need to make a serious example out of these turds. they have gotten way to big for their britches.
                      Originally posted by FJDave
                      GM, you have just set the bar that much higher for the rest of us in our witty, sarcastic responses. I yield to you! Good job, kind Sir!

                      District B13
                      "We are not cops nor Feds." yet he still poses as an officer Hmmmm

                      Grant us grace, fearlessly, to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression.--WWII memorial

                      "I have loved justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in exile."

                      Pope Gregory V II


                      • #12
                        July 2008: population 70,991, with only 68 Officers. That's pretty scary, especially dealing with this kind of stuff. These stories caught my eye because I don't live too far from Hemet, and it hits pretty close to home.

                        Originally Posted by Law100
                        Note to everyone: notice how respect I am


                        • #13
                          Guys n gals be safe out there. Sometimes it's not PC to strike back and hard, but your family n friends depend on u to come everyday every shift.


                          • #14
                            I was a Hemet PD officer for 6 years. I can GAURANTEE there are more than 70K people in Hemet. When I went to HS there in the early 90s the sign said 68K. The department has about 10 less cops than it did 6 years ago because of retirements, attrition, etc. Doing more with less. When I was there, it was literally call to call. Not uncommon to have 2-3 in custodies and have 10-12 paper calls per day.


                            • #15
                              In the story there was reference to Riverside Sheriffs, is it like San Bernardino where they have their own city police dept but the Sheriffs provide assistance in the unincorporated areas?
                              Originally Posted by Law100
                              Note to everyone: notice how respect I am


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