Tuesday, March 07, 2006
THANK YOU, GODEnd of Watch: April 29, 2002
On April 29, 2002, Deputy David March, on routine patrol in the City of Irwindale, was murderered when the driver of a vehicle he pulled over shot him as he stood next to the suspect car. The suspect, Armando Garcia, a Mexican national in the country illegally, fled back to Mexico. The murder of a police officer is a capital offense, and an extradition treaty that the US signed with Mexico forbids the extradition of nationals in Mexico if the death penalty is a possible punishment. To avoid this, most prosecutors go after life without parole. Unfortunately, the Mexican Supreme Court, which philosophically had to come to this conclusion, ruled that since life in prison was the same as the death penalty, the treaty forbid etradition of these nationals as well. This further complicated issues, and despite an assurane by President Bush himself to Mrs. March that "we're gonna get this guy," nothing came of it, continuing this Administration's pandering to Vicente Fox and Mexico. However, strong local outrage over the Mexican Supreme Court's decision pressured Mexico. Finally, that decision was either reversed or nullified.
On February 26, 2006, Armando Garcia was captured in the Mexican State of Jalisco by local authorities and the U.S. Marshal's Office. Garcia is now in Mexico City awaiting an extradition hearing. The process will take anywhere from 3 months to two years (normal for the Mexican judicial system), but soon, that...killer...will be coming back to Los Angeles to stand trial.
Thank you, God, for answering our prayers, and may justice be served in a godly manner.
Although Deputy March is a high profile person because he was a police officer lost in the of duty, other, "lesser-known" but equally persons made in the image of God have been murdered by Mexican nationals who have fled back to Mexico and are living out in the open. Los Angeles County has at least 100 open homicide cases (granted, some are gang-related) in which the suspect is a Mexican national. Other border states have similar cases. May they be brought to justice, and may this ungodly extradition treaty be re=qorked or discarded.
I find it very interesting. The Mexican govrnment complains about the outrage over illegal aliens, and out deportation of them, and demand that we give them equal access to everything, including social services, yet they do not reciprocate. For instance:
1. It is illegal for an American to own property in Mexico unless they have dual-citizenship.
2. Americans need permits to stay in certain aras beyond a certain length of times.
3. Mexico complains about building a wall at the border to stem illegal immigration, about the active enforcement by the Border patrol that has forced illegals to cross the border in extreme terrain, namely the mountains of San Diego County and the deserts of Arizona; yet, they have no problems with their shoot-first policy when Guatamalans attempt to enter Mexico illegally to reach the United States.
4. People claim that this is a racist country towards Mexicans. The true racist tendancies are by nationals against Mexican-Americans, those who are mexican by heritage and citizens of the U.S. legally (not the baby dumps at the border), since after all, we betrayed the mother country.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
GOD BLESS THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
The California Highway Patrol (or as we locals call them, the Chipies) has had a horrible few months. In the last 6 months, the agency has lost 6 officers, the worst rash of officer loss in memory.
I know sometimes they are annoying when they pll us over, and some of them have an attitude problem, but they really do just want to keep the highways safe and get the bad guys off the streets.
May God bring comfort to those of the families who were lost in the line of duty, and may he bless the men and women who enforce the law; and may they remember that they are in a ministry of God...agents of the State who keep order and judge fairly.
Ofc. David Romero
CHP - Santa Fe Springs (Los Angeles)
Age: 43 Tour of Duty: 23 years
End of watch: 9/23/2005 (gross vehicular manslaughter--suspect apprehended)
Ofc. Andrew Stevens
CHP - Woodland (Sacramento)
Age: 37 Tour of Duty: 13 years
End of wartch: 11/17/2005 (murder--suspect apprehended)
Ofc. Erick Manny
CHP - Fort Tejon (Bakersfield)
Age: 35 Tour of Duty: 8 years
End of watch: 12/21/2005 (murder--suspect at large)
Lt. Michael Walker
CHP - Santa Cruz (San Jose)
Age: 47 Tour of Duty: 24 years
End of watch: 12/31/2005 (struck by vehicle/non criminal)
Ofc. Earl Scott
CHP - Modesto (Sacramento)
Age: 36 Tour of Duty: 5 years
End of watch: 2/17/2006 (murder--suspect apprehended)
Ofc. Greg Bailey
CHP - Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino)
Age: 36 Tour of Duty: 10 years
End of watch: 2/25/2006 (gross vehicular manslaughter--suspect apprehended)