A Vago named Andrew Eloy Lozano was cut lose last week. Lozano was a prisoner in the ongoing and televised California war against the Vagos.
Lozano was one of 12 Vagos arrested by 500 state, local and federal police officers in six Southern California counties on October 6. That works out to 41 cops per Vago. With benefits, cops make about $60 an hour. The cops were on standby all day. Do the math.
The arrests followed a two-year-long investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other police forces. Some stupid press officer named the arrests “Operation Simple Green.”
What Is Body Armor
Lozano was charged with “possession of body armor,” “participation in a criminal street gang,” and “failure to register as a gang member.” Police also “seized” $34,000 in cash from Lozano’s residence.
The body armor, according to public statements by Lozano, was a “trauma plate” which can be a component of a bullet proof vest. The legal definition of “body armor” is vague. All the accusations against Lozano seem to be mostly rhetorical.
Felons And Violent Felons
Under California law it is illegal for a “violent felon” to possess body armor. The law making body armor illegal for violent felons was passed after a dramatic, televised shootouts between bank robbers and Los Angeles police in North Hollywood on February 28, 1997.
The Deputy District Attorney prosecuting Lozano, Steve Sanchez had argued that Lozano was a “violent felon” because he was convicted in 2004 of negligent discharge of a firearm. Lozano’s lawyer, Mark McDonald, said that the 2004 conviction was a felony but not a violent felony. There is some doubt about whether Lozano actually fired a gun in the “negligent discharge of a firearm” conviction.
San Bernardino Superior Court Judge James Dorr agreed with the defense and dismissed both the body armor and criminal street gang accusations.
Sanchez said he may refile the body armor charge.