We’re baaaack! Time to read Hal Collier and Ed Meckle’s stories of past years at LAPD. They are funny, thought-provoking, infuriating or just plain worthy of a head-slap. By Hal … Continue reading
By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Vignettes—are they funny, bizarre, ironic, poignant or maybe horrific? Why do some stories stay so vivid in our memories? Here’s another that won’t go away… … Continue reading
I arrested a man dressed as a woman, commonly call a drag queen, in the mid 70’s. When I was booking him in the old Hollywood jail, a men’s only facility, he stated, “I’m really a woman and if you strip search me I’ll sue you and make a personnel complaint to your Watch Commander.”
Vignettes—are they funny, bizarre, ironic, poignant or maybe horrific? Why do some stories stay so vivid in our memories? Here are two that won’t go away.
I flashed back a few months ago to a partner who arrested a drag queen for the fourth time. He had always been a man and this time when he was arrested and strip searched him he discovered he was now a woman. The man had surgery that changed his sex to female.
We learned of the law and evidence, physical training—and we ran. We learned traffic codes, penal codes and more codes—and we ran. We learned how to arrest, when to arrest and who to arrest and we ran some more. We learned how to shoot; when to shoot and who to shoot and we still kept running. We fired tear gas and as it drifted into the heavy brush, we watched as illicit “lovers” ran away crying and still we ran.
Chasing partying teens through the brush at Runyon Canyon Park–aka Errol Flynn Estates. The good old days.
By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD I was “home” just long enough to earn plane fare and some new clothes. They say “home” is where when you go there, “they” have … Continue reading
By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD Hollywood had a lot of entertaining attractions—after all, it’s the entertainment capital of the world. The entertainment was mostly for the tourists but I have … Continue reading