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I Worked In the Ghetto With Los Angeles Police Department

Beware! The content here is graphic, but honest. 2 People

    One of the Guys

      In the police station is a lobby with a big circular desk. There is a chain across the entrance to the hallway that leads back into the restricted areas of the police station. Only a chain separates "us" from "them." Only police...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Urine

      Over the police radio on the way to a call, the police forewarn us that they are calling the Department of Children and Family Services themselves. The police rarely call the Department of Children and Family Services out to a home. That is our cue that the...
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    Little Plastic Chairs

      I went into a home where two children, a boy and a girl, were sitting in little plastic kid's chairs. Her little plastic chair was yellow, his was blue. I came with my kid’s bag of goodies slung over my shoulder over to where they were sitting in their...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Numbing to It All

      Numbing To It All   We almost had our version of Rampart chainsaw massacre. When I heard about what happened at the scene, all I could envision was a Latino version of Jack Nicholson in the movie The Shining smiling through the chainsaw hole in the door and...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Crisis Call

      It is one o'clock in the morning and it looks like a hurricane has hit the inside of this apartment I am standing in. The storm looked like it also severely pummeled the victim in the process. She was a mess, both physically and emotionally. Looking at her...
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    Two Weeks Notice

      As luck would have it I have been accepted to an American Psychological Association approved doctoral program in clinical psychology. Prior to this, I was attending a clinical psychology doctoral program that was not approved by the American Psychological Association. The...
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    An Introduction to My Working World

      An Introduction to My Working World   The very first apartment building I entered in the Rampart division turned out to be a crack house. Initially, I did not know I was in a crack house. I had never seen a crack house before. This was a very bizarre...
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    The Mistake

      The Mistake   It is another night in Rampart. It is warm tonight. There is a very slight breeze to the air. The sky, other than the usual Los Angeles smog, is clear. There is a half moon. After role call I went into one of my first home...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Being Part of Lapd

        Being a Part of LAPD   The LAPD radio dispatcher called my partner and I to the scene of a domestic violence in progress. When we got there, no officers were at the scene. We tried to raise the officers on the private radio line known as the...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    The Signs

      It is Friday morning. Something odd happened. I went home last night and I sleep walked. During the sleepwalking incident, I injured myself physically. I awoke when my forehead and knee hit something. I realized I was out of the bed and on the...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Handcuffs and Guns

      Tonight, at the station after the six o'clock role call, a fifteen years old girl was waiting in the lobby to speak with me. She had been hit by her nineteen-year-old gang banging boyfriend who is out on parole. She was afraid to press charges for fear of gang...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Rampart In the News

      This evening, I pull up to the police station to attend role call as usual… but things are very different. The street is filled with news vans, reporters, camera operators and crowds of people holding banners for and against the Rampart division of LAPD. ...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Close Call

      We are dispatched to an apartment on the third floor of a building approximately ten blocks from our office. I grab the "kid's bag" and the van keys. My partner grabs the police radio and the other set of van keys and off we go into the night. One of...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    My Last Night At Rampart

      It is my last night working with LAPD in the Rampart division. I hate to leave during the all this chaos. I want the officers to know the real reason I am leaving now, so they do not think that the bad media coverage has anything to do with it. So, I...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    The Suicidal Ten Year Old

      I encountered something I was not sure I could write about. I met a ten year old suicidal child. I remembered about a year ago, I was job interviewing for a position working with SED (severely emotionally disturbed) kids. The interviewee asked me how I...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    A Typical Night...

      A Typical Night   Two LAPD officers waited at the scene with me, while I counseled my next client. She was a Latina, born and raised in South America, who could not read or write. She could not speak English either. She was eight months pregnant with...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Again and Again

      Again and Again   Another day, another beating. I am now sitting at the hospital with a client who has a black eye and can not turn her head to the side. She was CT-scanned and the doctors determined that there were no major internal injuries to her brain...
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    Aug 8, 2008

    Good Deeds

       Good Deeds   My client who grew up with a father who tortured her by pouring boiling water on her as a child. She was burned from her chest to her toes. She told me that she had received many skin grafts. Yet, she still has some considerable...
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    51-55, F
    Aug 8, 2008
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