South Bureau Homicide

Synopsis: Two LAPD detectives are forced to balance their aggressiveness with compassion while investigating the senseless murder of a promising inner-city high school student.
Genre: Short
Year:
1996
16 min
10 Views


such short periods of time.

I've seen everything,

decapitations, mutilations,

shootings, stabbings,

all kind a deaths,

all kind a manner a

deaths, and it's not really

the gruesome ones

particularly that stand out,

it may be the people

involved, maybe the victims,

maybe the day, location,

or the time of the year.

If you put the 80s and 90s

in context in Los Angeles,

we averaged 1,100 homicides

a year in the City of LA.

The large portion of

those were in south LA.

We had a police department

that was about 8,000 officers,

so we weren't staffed as

heavily as we are now.

And everything we did

was about suppression.

Years ago, there's no

way I ever would have

dealt with the

police department.

Back then, the police was

a little bit more aggressive.

Far as, they'll do anything

to you they want to.

Pull you over, talk shit

to you, cuss you out,

hit you upside the head,

whatever they wanted to do to you.

And this is a community

under siege with drugs and

gangs and murder, and we

have the worse police force

in our communities,

tryin' to kill it.

They weren't tryin' to fix it,

they weren't tryin'

to arrest it,

they were tryin' to suppress

it by any means necessary.

In the 80s we would do

what was referred to as

an Operation Hammer.

A Hammer Task Force.

And we were bringin' 2 to

300 extra police officers

on a Friday or Saturday

night in south LA,

tryin' to do somethin'

to stop the violence.

And they stereotype

you real quick.

All you gotta do is be

walkin' down the street,

one or two people, and

they gonna pull you over,

an run your name,

find out where you at

and what you're doin'.

And if you slip up

and say you in a gang,

they gonna mark you

down on that little card

and you'll be labeled a

gang member from then on in.

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