The Call Box: Gas Pains

Tear Gas: [definition] A solid liquid or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting in blinding of the eyes with tears, used chiefly in dispelling mobs. Continue reading The Call Box: Gas Pains

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The Call Box: The Newhall Incident

The 1963 kidnapping of two LAPD plainclothes officers and subsequent murder of one sent shock waves through the department and law enforcement. This could not happen to US—WE ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST. NOT HERE, NOT NOW, NOT EVER. Continue reading The Call Box: The Newhall Incident

The Call Box: Learning to Detect

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD                                                    June 3, 2018 The year was 1959, the Dodgers playing at the coliseum are about to start a world series. I was newly assigned to Metro Division and on a one-month training loan to Newton Detectives, (nicknamed Shootin’ Newton). My partner, mentor is Sergeant Bill Pinkston (Pinkie). His specialty was Business Burglary. He was an old timer and very good at what he did.  He never lectured. I just watched, … Continue reading The Call Box: Learning to Detect

The Call Box: The Flaw in the System

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD In 1950, William H. “Bill” Parker was appointed chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He inherited a scandal-ridden, dispirited, and vastly understaffed department. Within a few years however the department was considered a model of law enforcement efficiency. Now, LAPD illustrates a law enforcement axiom that a city that ignores or tolerates vice is (or will become) a corrupt city. We had plenty of vice, but we were all over it.  I was assigned to University Division Vice night watch—one of three divisions with the highest concentration of street walkers. One six-block area on Western Avenue … Continue reading The Call Box: The Flaw in the System