There was another Swat related death in Los Angeles today. This time it was a cop named Shaun Diamond. Diamond was shot yesterday during a middle of the night raid on the home of a man named David Martinez.
Every cop in the city is identifying Martinez as a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.
Simultaneously, every cop in the city is mourning Diamond. “It is with a heavy heart that we must deliver the news that early this morning Pomona police Swat Officer Shaun Diamond had succumbed to his injuries,” the Pomona Police Department said in a press release this morning. A police convoy escorted Diamond’s body from Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office today.
And, now a hard rain is probably going to fall on the Mongols.
It is hard not to be cynical about Diamond’s death.
Diamond was one of fourteen officers in a multi-department Swat Team that attacked Martinez’ home at four in the morning. The raid occurred three hours and ten minutes before sunrise and two hours and forty-five minutes before what surfers and boaters call morning nautical twilight – a term which describes the first hint of grey on the eastern horizon.
The raid on Martinez’ home was one of at least five, identical, simultaneous raids. Technically, the military style assault was the service of a search warrant, not an arrest warrant.
The warrant was signed by a temporary judge named Maral Injejikian. Injejikian retired from the Los Angeles Superior Court bench in 2012. She signed the warrants five days before the raid at one o’clock in the afternoon. The warrants were “Hobbs sealed,” which by definition means that a detective named Craig Adams, who wrote the search warrant affidavit, based his affidavit on information supplied by a confidential informant. Injejikian authorized “night entry.” The cops were looking for a gun.
There has, as yet, been no explanation as to why the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is handling the investigation, did not simply send a couple of detectives to serve the warrant around breakfast time.
The Los Angeles Times reported today that, “sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publically, said the search warrant related to an ongoing investigation into the gang, which is believed to be involved in a series of recent shootings in Southern California.”
Police have remained silent about the four or more other warrants served yesterday.
Diamond was shot as the Swat team made a “dynamic entry” into Martinez’ home. Diamond was wearing body armor and a Fritz helmet but was shot in the back of the head which would seem to indicate that he had just broken in Martinez’ door back first. After identifying themselves as police officers Martinez prostrated himself face down on his floor and surrendered his weapon.
He was charged with attempted murder at the scene and was scheduled to make his initial appearance before a judge today.