A brief moment in the vicious war the Department of Justice is waging against the Mongols Motorcycle Club in Los Angeles emerged uncensored over the weekend.
A “multi-agency taskforce” including federal and local police raided what is being described as a Mongols “meeting” Saturday afternoon in Southgate, a mostly Hispanic city of about 100,000 people that is part of the great El Lay sprawl south of downtown. The “taskforce” included Deputy U.S. Marshalls who were looking for possible federal probation violators.
According to published reports, six people were arrested.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been trying to harass the Mongols to death since a Swat goon named Shaun Diamond died invading the home of a Mongol named David Martinez in the middle of one night last October. Diamond, who was standing in the rear of a pack of fourteen Swat goons was, according to many official statements, shot in the back of the head. Martinez, who had just been assaulted by a flash bang grenade, was standing inside his home when Diamond was fatally wounded. Martinez is charged with murder with a “gang enhancement.”
The excuse for the Martinez raid was a warranted search for a gun, supposedly used in a shooting two months before. The raid on Martinez home was one of seven simultaneous raids. The gun was sought to bolster a racketeering case against the Mongols club as a whole. The trial in that matter is now scheduled for June.
Three months after Diamond died, another multi-agency task force stopped and harassed everyone entering and leaving the Mongols forty-fifth anniversary party at the House Lounge in Maywood, another small city entirely surrounded by Los Angeles. All of these enforcement actions against the Mongols are intended to coerce club members into quitting and convince friends of the club to keep their distance.
The snippet of video below, uploaded to YouTube Sunday, betrays what is really going on between the police and the Mongols. A small woman is attacked by a Deputy U.S. Marshall for video recording the raid. The Marshall rips the woman’s cell phone from her hands, smashes it on the ground and kicks at the broken pieces, By this morning, the story had made it as far as the Daily Mail in London.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman had told police, “I do not feel safe with you,” “You are making me feel unsafe and I have a right to be here” and “You need to stay away from me, I don’t feel safe with you closer to me.”
The Marshall’s Service, which has not released the name or current status of the Deputy in the video, issued a brief written statement in response to the growing furor: “The U.S. Marshals Service is aware of video footage of an incident that took place Sunday in Los Angeles County involving a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The agency is currently reviewing the incident.”