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$2.5M Doesn’t Keep Gangbanger From Pals

From a heart-wrung Los Angeles Times:

$2.5 million couldn’t keep Anaheim gang member from his old friends

By H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 17, 2008

Nobody wanted Jose Luis Muñoz to fail.

The Anaheim gang member raised by a single mother had received a second chance — or maybe it was his first — to turn his life around when he settled a lawsuit against the city and police for $2.5 million

When he was released from prison, Muñoz, 23, said he was eager "to do the right thing." He said he was going to move out of his gang-infested neighborhood and buy a house for his mother, who had worked two jobs while raising him…

"We were all pulling for him. All he had to do was stay away from friends who could only get him in trouble," said Anaheim gang Sgt. Dennis Briggs, whose unit is well acquainted with Muñoz, whose moniker is Dopey.

In 2005, Muñoz, on foot, was struck from behind by a police cruiser as he surrendered after a brief chase.

He was wedged in the vehicle’s undercarriage and severely injured. Muñoz said he bolted from police because he was afraid they were going to send him back to prison.

Muñoz sued the city of Anaheim and the Police Department over his injuries and was awarded $2.5 million

On April 10, gang officers patrolling the northeast Anaheim neighborhood where Muñoz lives spotted an SUV stopped in the street. The driver — Muñoz — was talking to a female gang member who was on probation, Briggs said. The officers questioned Muñoz and three other gang members in the vehicle.

Muñoz and the girl were arrested on suspicion of associating with gang members, a violation of their parole and probation. He was returned to prison the following day.

Attorney Richard Longoria, who represented Muñoz in a criminal case, said his client lacked self-esteem, "which makes it extremely difficult for him to find a way out." …

Richard Ramos, a gang expert and author who grew up in Highland Park, agreed that identity and fitting in have a lot to do with Muñoz’s recidivism.

"People who don’t have money transform their lives all the time," Ramos said. "In this case, $2.5 million wasn’t enough. To kids like him, identity and belonging are powerful forces that keep them in gangs. There has to be an inside-out transformation or a life-changing event to bring change. Gangs compete with your family for loyalty.

"It appears that his gang won."

Obviously we need to give this underprivileged youth still more money. After all, he has low self-esteem.

This story should be put in a time capsule for future scholars who seek to understand the collapse of our civilization.

It has it all.

The breakdown of our criminal justice system, our courts, probably our immigration laws — and certainly society in general.

And of course our watchdog media, cheerleading us straight to hell.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “$2.5M Doesn’t Keep Gangbanger From Pals”

  1. COPE2 says:

    I am a friend of Jose Luis, and he is not a gang member. He is a decent, regular person, who just enjoys having a good time. I love how racist Americans will try to associate Chicanos with gangs when they have no proof.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “DING-DING-DING”

      NEWS FLASH…..COPE2

      If it walks like a thug and talks like a thug but bangs with gangstas…….
      ………it ain’t no frickin’ sweet, innocent Chicano looking for a “good time.”

      Try to pass your crapola elsewhere because we ain’t biting it here, wannabe!


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