Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada Meets Residents in his First Town Hall

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Anaheim police chief Raul Quezada
Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada took center stage at a town hall last night hosted by the East Street Community Renewal Initiative (ESCRI). Residents gathered at the Eli Everything & More thrift store to hear him out on gangs, policy and oversight just months into the job. On the home turf of her nonprofits, former councilwoman and current mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway introduced the Anaheim Police Department's first Mexican-in-Chief as "history-making" with such glee it's as if she's trying to become the first woman of color mayor in the city--oh wait, she is!

Vacuous identity politics aside, the bilingual chief alternated between English and Spanish introducing himself as being raised in Pico Rivera. The town hall was dubbed "Increase the Peace" a throwback slogan that dates to when Quezada started out as a Los Angeles Police Department officer in the early 90s.

Although the intent of the evening was to underscore how far Anaheim has supposedly come since its troublesome summer of 2012, APD's police chief said the city's biggest problem remains street gangs. Violent crime is down as of last year, he added, but gang activity is up this year, stating his opinion that the problem "begins in the home."

The chief touted a number of intervention programs like Cops 4 Kids offered by APD that police departments "aren't structured to do." The Weekly learned prior to the forum that Gang Unit expenditures check in at $3,598,372 alone. Youth prevention programs have $2,286,281 in department funds to spread around.

Stating one of his main aims was to engage the community to build trust, Quezada touted a number of changes under his tenure including posting policies online, the formation of a Neighborhood Advisory Committee and Coffee with a Cop. (What? No horchata with la chota?) But is it all enough?

Flanked by his Deputy Chief, Julian Harvey, Quezada mentioned that officers now have digital audio recorders (DAR) on during all police contacts. A resident posed a question about cameras. "The video recorders are coming," he said. "It's a matter of dollars." For now, it's just DAR, and policy states that media can request audio files from the police chief himself, something residents themselves aren't entitled to. The Weekly followed up on that point after the forum.

"Send in the request," Chief Quezada says, "and we'll see what happens."

The timing of the event came in the recent aftermath of the department's first fatal officer-involved shooting in a good, long while when Robert Moreno, Jr. was killed late last month near La Palma Avenue and Citron Street after the department said he shot at probation officers and cops.

Quezada confirmed that Michael Gennaco of the Office of Independent Review (OIR) was on scene for what his contracted firm calls "real-time review," but tells the Weekly that since the city has no pilot Public Safety Board in place yet, there's nowhere to relay preliminary information gathered on the shootout.

No rank of officer is exempt from using the audio recorders according to the chief, not even the SWAT team members called in to help find Moreno in hiding. Was the lead-up to the barrage of bullets captured unlike the controversial fatal shooting of Manuel Diaz, when officer Nick Bennallack only turned his DAR on after firing twice on the unarmed man?

"We'll find out," Quezada says, "when the investigation is complete."

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Also, when found in the wrong,


the police dept should have their budget slashed by at least half the amount of pay out to victim


or if no money is involved any sentencing  or firing of a corrupt cop should be matched by a set 


$ amount to be slashed out of the budget



AND


the officer him/herself should have pay taken from them directly



sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

The community MUST WORK WITH THE POLICE


THEN IT WILL BE EASIER TO GET BAD OFFICERS out


clean up your place


turn in bad people


work


raise the children to be respectful




Nomad
Nomad

I would be wary of anything the sleazy Michael Gennaco is involved in. OIR? more like mouthpiece for the highest bidder.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Freedom for 'Anaheim' Hills. "Texaco" Hills should be the next free city in OC.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"On the home turf of her nonprofits, former councilwoman and current mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway introduced the Anaheim Police Department's first Mexican-in-Chief as "history-making" with such glee it's as if she's trying to become the first woman of color mayor in the city--oh wait, she is!"

As a city council member, Lorri Galloway was put on notice that her police department was engaged in the criminal harassment and deliberate destruction of the lives of her constituents. She now wants to fawn over this new just following orders Latino loser of a police Chief - a man that has been with department since the mid-1990's. A department I have personally witnessed violate the civil rights laws of this nation since the 1990's.

Since Mrs. Galloway is known for helping victims of abuse, I find her behavior quite odd.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

I've stated at Anaheim and Fullerton council meetings that the Office of Independent Review has failed in it's mission of holding this police community to a constitution-compliant standard.

Here's the new LA County Sheriffs inspector general saying as much:

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79673020/

And what did the city of Anaheim do? Give them more money after the events of 2012. And create a civilian oversight group whose members will not recieve one dime in compensation.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"the bilingual chief alternated between English and Spanish introducing himself as being raised in Pico Rivera."

This makes it all the more despicable that this man looked the other way / participated in the deliberate decimation of the Latino community in the Anaheim/Garden Grove area by racist cops slashing and burning their way up the police career ladder.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Violent crime is down as of last year, he added, but gang activity is up this year, stating his opinion that the problem "begins in the home."

What Raul "the Bernie Madoff bullshit artist" Quezada has failed to mention is that someone in Orange County CA law enforcement is using gang member types to commit crimes against residents here in Anaheim/Garden Grove.

The problem may begin at home but it then gets perpetuated and reinforced by sleaze bag law enforcement who consider their oath and the Constitution a joke.

spencerj05
spencerj05

The first time you refuse to turn the recorder on, you should be suspended 60 days. The second time, you should be terminated.


The recorders are POINTLESS and a waste of money if there aren't repercussions for refusal to use the devices.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@18usc241  


so you want favoritism shown to latinos


which means you are good with racism against non latinos


so you want revenge not justice


cause YOU STATED


"THIS MAKES IT ALL THE MORE DESPICABLE "



18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"so you want favoritism shown to latinos"

My dad the Puerto Rican version of Mr. Rogers taught me through his actions - not through SAT words - that being a racist sociopath was not a nice way to be - so no I don't propose favoritism towards Latinos - especially the violent male gang member asshole type who would harm another Latino man to work off his law enforcement predicament.

"so you want revenge not justice"

Are you trying to bait me here? Stop trying to put words in my mouth. When committed by law enforcement, it's actually a criminal act. You wouldn't know that here in Orange County because you are so morally bankrupt.

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