The Rampart Fiasco: Gangbangers’ Toxic Thug Life Infests the Los Angeles Police Department

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A series of cop-related crimes and shitstorms within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that later became known as the Rampart Scandal began on March 18, 1997, with a shooting and road rage incident between a white policeman named Frank Lyga, who was working as part of an undercover drug unit, and an off-duty black police officer named Kevin Gaines.

LAPD officers Kevin Gaines and Frank Lyga

Lyga was driving on Ventura Boulevard and, while stopped at a red light, a green sports utility vehicle driven by Gaines inexplicably threatened Lyga, flashing gang signs with his hands. During this interaction, Gaines told Lyga he would “put a cap up your ass.”

In response, Lyga told Gaines to pull over. Gaines did pull over, but Lyga drove off. Gaines chased him with the SUV, edging through heavy traffic.

A concerned Lyga radioed his partners for help and readied himself to use his own gun. He saw Gaines had pulled a gun and had threatened Lyga again.

Lyga fired two shots at Gaines. The first missed, but the second hit the driver just below his right armpit, puncturing his heart before stopping in his lung. Gaines then pulled into a gas station and stopped, and  died. The scene is replicated in the film “City of Lies.”

The day after the shooting, a media frenzy erupted. A group of blacks went to the scene of the incident and began conducting their own unofficial investigation. This conduct intimidated known witnesses.

Three days after the shooting, famed black attorney Johnnie Cochran, Jr. stepped into the case, having been hired by Gaines’s family to investigate a potential claim against Lyga and the city. Cochran later filed a $25 million-dollar lawsuit.

Gaines was attached to the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) unit. Gaines also had ties to rap producer Death Row Records and the Bloods gang.

Evidence of Kevin Gaines’s criminal behavior first surfaced in the summer of 1996. He had three off-duty road rage incidents, and he was living large for a cop.

Police responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at a Hollywood Hills mansion. Gaines, off duty, showed up at the scene and is alleged to have initiated an altercation with the responding officers. The officers handcuffed Gaines when he became verbally abusive and provocative.

According to police records, Gaines shouted profanities and stated, “I hate fucking cops.”

Gaines claimed he was mistreated by the police and hired an attorney to file a claim against the city. However, when LAPD Internal Affairs investigated the incident, they discovered the 911 call had actually been made by Gaines himself.

Investigating officer Russell Poole, who later became deeply involved in investigating the Rampart Scandal and the killing of rapper Notorious Biggie, claimed that “the evidence suggests that he did that to engage LAPD in a confrontation and basically wanted to secure a pension or whatever by filing a lawsuit.”

Lyga was cleared in the matter, but within months of being cleared, Lyga found himself under investigation again. On March 27, 1998, one pound of cocaine that was booked and held in evidence from one of Lyga’s previous arrests was found missing from the Parker Center property room.

A subsequent investigation led to another black officer, Rafael Perez, who was an associate of Gaines’ and was the one stealing the cocaine to frame Lyga.

The city eventually settled the Lyga situation with Cochran for $250,000.

Judge Schoettler wrote a letter to then LAPD Chief Bernard Parks stating, “Had the matter been submitted to me for a determination, I would have found in favor of the City of Los Angeles.”

Schoettler’s letter alleged political reasons for settling the case, namely, City Attorney James Hahn was preparing to run for mayor and black voters were his primary demographic.

Perez was arrested for stealing over $800,000 worth of cocaine from the LAPD police evidence room for which he copped a plea deal to turn in other fellow corrupt cops, including his black partner David Mack.

Mack was convicted of robbing over $700,000 from a Bank of America branch and then went on a Vegas gambling trip with Perez.

Mack was awarded the LAPD Medal for Heroism in 1993 for shooting a drug dealer who reportedly threatened his partner, Rafael “Ray” Pérez. It was later found out to be a lie and that they planted the gun on the suspect.

Mack was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison and has never revealed the whereabouts of the money. He was released on May 14, 2010.

Photo of the duo taken in Las Vegas

Officers Gaines, Mack and Perez had ties with the Piru Bloods street gang, and Mack worked as a highly paid, off-duty personal bodyguard of known Compton Mob Piru Bloods member and gangster rap Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, who is currently serving time in jail for murder. Perez also did security for Knight.

Biggie and Tupac in friendlier times

Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot to death after a boxing match in Las Vegas. Mack was suspected to be involved in the murder of Tupac’s former friend-turned-rival Notorious Biggie Smalls, who was killed with very rare armor-piercing Gecko 9mm bullets of which Mack was found to possess in his home.

The main theory of the 2018 Netflix series “Unsolved” holds that Mack and Perez were involved in the Biggie hit. However, LAPD, after reinvigorating the case, now says it has solved the case, and Mack and/or Perez were not directly involved. No arrests have been made after 24 years. Several of the suspects are now either in prison or are deceased from other live as a thug, die as a thug activities.

“Unsolved” is a stark portrayal of toxic and violent black gang Thug Life in general and how it infested the police force. The causa proxima of the death of the two gangster rappers is easy to discern. It was a culture of no discipline macho drama, and thug hangers on who are easily triggered to violence by slights real and imagined and by endless stupid turf wars.

Nino Durden

Another CRASH thug partner of Perez was a black officer named Nino Durden, who, along with Perez, shot and framed a gang member named Javier Ovando (paralyzed and paid $15 million).

The framing involved placing an AK 47 from police evidence on his person with serial numbers scratched out by Durden. Officer Durden even lied about the case on the stand and received extra jail time.

Durdan, like Perez, got off light and served only three years in prison.

In the end, Perez’s behavior led to over 140 civil suits against the LAPD, which paid out $125 million city-taxpayer dollars in settlements.

Along the way, Perez made false allegations against white LAPD officers Sgt. Brian Liddy, Paul Harper and Sgt. Edward Ortiz. They were awarded $5 million each. A fourth man, former LAPD officer Michael Buchanan, shared in a smaller settlement in another case. In total $20.5 million resolved six cases involving the officers’ smashing of Perez’s credibility. Other innocent and mostly white LAPD officers were also falsely accused.

In February 2000, Pérez was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing eight pounds of cocaine from an LAPD evidence locker.

At his sentencing, Pérez read a statement in which he said, “I cheated on my wife. I cheated on my employer, and I cheated on all of you, the people of Los Angeles.”

However, on July 24, 2001, due to his plea bargain, Pérez was quickly released from prison and placed on parole.

Pérez subsequently pled guilty to new charges resulting from the shooting of Javier Ovando. He was charged with two felony counts: (1) conspiracy to violate Ovando’s civil rights; and (2) possessing a firearm with an eliminated serial number. It was the same firearm that was used as evidence to frame Ovando.

Despite the serious nature of this bad-cop activity, he was lightly sentenced again on May 6, 2002, to serve just two years in federal prison. He was released in June 2004.

On October 31, 2006, Pérez pled no contest to a felony count of perjury before the Torrance Superior Court. He was sentenced to an additional three years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

As of 2015, Perez was reported to work as a limo driver. He was seen driving for Harvey Weinstein.

Frontline did an excellent documentary on the fiasco. It appears to be country blocked in the US, but not elsewhere.

Cargo thefts spike 15% across US, Canada in 2022

Freightwaves | Feb. 8, 2023

The end of 2022 saw a surge in cargo thefts that pushed the yearly total to above an estimated $223 million worth of goods stolen across Canada and the U.S., according to recent data from CargoNet.

The Verisk Analytics-owned data firm, which tracks voluntarily reported cargo thefts, recorded 1,778 “supply chain risk incidents” in Canada and the U.S. in 2022, a 15% jump compared to 2021.

“The No. 1 commodity [for cargo theft] was household goods for all of 2022, electronics was No. 2, and then food and beverage commodities were No. 3,” Scott Cornell, transportation lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, told FreightWaves.

California led the way with 417 reported cargo thefts in 2022, a 41% year-over-year increase, followed by Texas with 223 and Florida with 153.

CargoNet’s 2022 data showed the average value of cargo stolen in a theft was $214,104, a 20% increase compared to 2021.

Cargo theft hot spots are typically areas around major ports, as well as intermodal facilities, distribution centers and truck stops.


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Animals, Too?

 From James C. Belcher

This has got to stop.  
All these corporations have to be involuntarily liquidated and if the Pope won’t do it, the rest of the religious leaders have to rebel against the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church to make sure that this gets done in short order.  
Certainly, our land and soil jurisdiction governments are completely appalled and against this ugly and totally unaccountable behavior on the part of the Pope and the Roman Curia, the various world military organizations, and others who have mindlessly gone along with this “agenda” of death and pollution of the genetic code of life. 
All the corporations responsible for this must be liquidated immediately without recourse.  All corporate veils removed.  All public bankruptcy protections denied.  Now. 
Everyone being addressed by this email is responsible for responding and taking action to suppress this criminality at its roots and address its motivations. 

It does no good for the Pope to wave his hand over the suffering of the Congo and at the same time fail his duty under Ecclesiastical Law.  It’s his right and also his duty to put these sick, diabolical corporations out of their misery.  

Joe Biden must be removed as the “President” of the failed UNITED STATES, INC. successor organization and the Chinese Government needs their complicit corporations put out of business right along with all the other colluding criminal enterprises: WHO, INC., WEF, INC, World Health Organization, Inc,, World Economic Forum, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and so on. 
There are those yelping like wild dogs and saying, no, no, we can’t afford to trash all these major corporations!   But we must do so and do so with alacrity, before their unbridled and mindless profit-seeking behavior destroys the Earth and everything on it.  
Shut it down and do it now.  
James Clinton Belcher, Head of State

The United States of America 

We Haven’t Forgotten

 By Anna Von Reitz

Just about a year ago, Joe Biden held a press conference and he very indiscreetly and openly threatened the Nordstream 2 Pipeline: 
To jog your memories: 
He basically said that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the Nordstream Pipeline would be toast; Russia invaded Ukraine, and a couple weeks later, the Nordstream 2 Pipeline was sabotaged. 
Now, I wish to draw everyone’s attention to a little-known fact.  The Swedes are the ones who have the undersea intelligence contracts and let me tell you, those resources are top of the line.
You couldn’t spit in the Baltic Sea or any body of water connected to it without the Swedes knowing about it.  
So the Swedes do know who was responsible for the sabotage and the out of control energy prices in Europe right now, but they are wimping out.  
“Ten thousand Swedes chased through the weeds and just by one Norwegian.”  
No doubt any one of the four countries whose infrastructure was ruined by this and whose coastal waters were violated by the trespassers could sue the Swedish Government for disclosure, but they won’t, because all their governments are “under Occupation” — still, from WWII, by the same ones responsible for this gross, irresponsible destruction. 
Chuffer Joe really is China’s puppet since the Pope and the US Trustees gave the UNITED STATES, INC. assets to China under the mistaken idea that China was owed trillions of dollars and was the Priority Creditor — when it isn’t and wasn’t.  
And they had reason to know that, but the criminality has gone so far that they will pretend that Limburger Cheese smells like a tulip.  
So here we go with another conundrum caused by criminality.  The Swedes know, but they aren’t telling, making them accomplices to the crime.  The German Government, such as it is, knows, but they aren’t telling.  Ditto.  Ditto.  
And we all know, because we know that China and Big Oil are doing the 10-40 Two Step. Or is it a tango, with a lot of leg showing?  
Joe irrationally (unless you know that “China Joe” isn’t just a nickname) sells our Strategic Oil Reserves to China.  
Joe orders the hit on Nordstream 2, thinking that the Europeans will then be forced to pay sky-high prices for American oil products.  
Instead, the Europeans break out their old coal burning dynamoes.  To hell with green anything and double on Sundays. Hypocrisy and guile have their limits, after all.  
If these people had the common sense of a hedgehog in heat, it would be different.  At least mildly entertaining.  They might display some intelligence and creativity as they attempt to avoid the obvious conclusions.  
As it is, it’s just plain sickening.  It was bad enough having Americans blamed for things “the US” did, but now on top of it, “the US, Inc.” is owned and operated by China, and we are getting blamed for all their little dirt piles, too.  
People in Europe want to know what’s happening?  Why would “America” their good friend do this to them?  
Well, “America” didn’t do it.  China did it to capitalize on US, Inc. oil refining capacity, while sucking up our crude oil reserves for itself.  And Russia?  Well, Russia had better know that its Allies, the Chinese, are the ones who — at the end of the day —  used Chuffer Joe and his Pals in Crime to take out their Nordstream 2 Pipeline.
Here’s a little one year later update from the folks at Global Research: 

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FBI whistleblower releases docs showing agency is surveilling ‘Radical’ Latin Mass Catholics

Editors note: Smear articles like the ones from SPLC are designed to paint groups with a broad brush and call them extremists, which has always been one of the hallmarks of communism.

All I can say is when we get this kind of flak, we must be over the target.

Paul Stramer

The memo cited a 2021 study from the anti-Catholic Southern Poverty Law Center to justify the FBI’s monitoring efforts.
Former FBI agent turned whistleblower Kyle SerpahinIvory Hecker / YouTube [screenshot]

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RICHMOND, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — A document released by an FBI whistleblower indicates the agency plans to intensify its “assessment” and “mitigation” of “Radical Traditionalist Catholics” over the next 12 to 24 months due to alleged concerns that “white nationalists” are increasingly making common cause online with attendees of the Latin Mass.

The bombshell 8-page memo was released by former FBI agent turned whistleblower Kyle Seraphin on UncoveredDC Wednesday. The report, written by an FBI analyst in Richmond, Virginia, was published for internal agency use only on January      23, is titled, “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.”

Seraphin describes the briefing as an “intelligence product” that, though not being exhaustive, can be used as an initial reference point for the agency to “prop up” future investigations on the subject. He says he obtained the document from an anonymous Baptist employee for the agency.

“This is the first FBI Richmond domain product to focus on the interest of racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists in the Radical Traditional Catholic movement,” the document states. “A search of FBI databases indicates this is also the first FBI finished intelligence product to specifically address this environmental variable.”

Among the most controversial aspects of the memo is that it directly cites a defamatory study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the subject “Radical Traditional Catholicism.” The SPLC has long been rejected as a legitimate resource for the FBI, Seraphin says, but in this instance, it is being relied on as a primary source to justify its efforts. The memo also references three anti-Catholic smear articles (herehere, and here) published by leftwing websites Salon and The Atlantic to defend its monitoring.

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In general, the report shows an above average understanding of the various pro-Latin Mass communities in the church, including the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, the SSPX “Resistance” as well as sedevacantist groups. It notes that the FSSP and SSPX have “houses of worship” in the Richmond area. It also says other FBI investigations, local law enforcement reports, and un-named liaisons have helped compile its findings – an indication that persons familiar with these communities have been in touch with intelligence officials.

“FBI Richmond relied on the key assumption that racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists will continue to find Radical Traditionalist Catholic (RTC) ideology attractive and will continue to attempt to connect with RTC adherents, both via social media and in-person at places of worship” it reads. It also mentions the influence of commentator Nick Fuentes, who is highly popular among young Traditional Catholic men.

The report further states that there now exists “new opportunities for threat mitigation through the exploration of new avenues for tripwire and source development.”

The report alleges that its real motivation is a concern that “Radical Traditionalist Catholic Ideology” possesses an “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, and white supremacy” outlook, and that this presents a threat to the US’s domestic well-being. The report further claims that adherents to RTC ideology “frequently share language and symbolism, such as crusader references or anti-Semitic discourses” online that pro-life white nationalists also support.

The document then compares followers of RTC ideology to ordinary “traditional Catholics” who simply “prefer the Latin Mass and pre-Vatican II teachings and traditions, but without the more extremist ideological beliefs and violent rhetoric.”

The memo identifies nine Traditional Catholic organizations allegedly guilty of promoting RTC ideology: Catholic Family News, The Remnant, The Fatima Center, Tradition in Action, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Culture Wars, In the Spirit of Chartres, Christ or Chaos, and Catholic Apologetics International. These groups were all listed in the SPLC report.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas provided LifeSite with the following statement about the document:

Sadly, the experience of Mark Houck provides evidence that this type of surveillance is not beyond the realm of possibility. It underscores our societies deep ignorance of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ or as presently stated “radical traditional Catholic.” Our Lord tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. Deeply committed Catholics are the last people the authorities should be concerned about. Yes committed traditional Catholics will defend the unborn and others who are helpless but attacks of violent aggression are antithetical to what it means to be a radically committed traditional Catholic. Let us pray for all in positions of authority and especially those in law enforcement.

Catholic Family News Editor-in-Chief Brian McCall shared with LifeSite the following statement:

The release by a courageous whistleblower of this internal FBI memorandum confirms the dystopian state of the country in which we sadly live. This memo, combined with the targeting and persecution of those working to protect the lives of unborn children, proves beyond any doubt the evil people who control the levers of power in the US government are using that power to persecute any who dissent from their godless ideology. The FBI is spying on and infiltrating traditional Roman Catholic groups and even parishes for simply exercising their First Amendment Rights. The absurdity of the outrageous allegations of the FBI memo are blatant. Although the author acknowledges that white supremacists are and have always been  violently anti-Catholic (the KKK burn crosses specifically to show their hostility to Catholics),the author believes these white supremacist groups are now deeply attracted to strongly Catholic parishes and groups that they despise. Traditional Catholicism has never had anything to do with racial bigotry or hatred.  In fact the White Supremacist groups that have been active throughout US history (such as the Know Nothing Party) have targeted Catholics because Catholics have always sought the salvation and improvement in this world of the lot of those races and ethnicities despised by the white Protestant elitists. Ironically every traditional Latin Mass parish I have ever attended is more ethnically diverse than liberal Catholic parishes that segregate attendees by linguistic, and hence ethnic, lines (i.e., Spanish Masses, Vietnamese Masses, etc.). Traditional Catholics seek the conversion of everyone regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or any other attribute, to the Kingship of Christ. They seek to bring the love of Christ and His Church to all races and ethnicities. The memo’s prominent reliance on the utterly discredited and bigoted Southern Poverty Law Center, which is not a law center at all but merely a radical political leftist front, further discredits this memo and its author. The Department of Justice in its continued persecution of pro-life advocates and now simple Traditional Catholics should be renamed from its Orwellian title to the more accurate Department of Injustice.

LifeSite will provide additional reactions to this report when they become available.