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CA: Sex offender task force raids valley homes, checks felon compliance

With Halloween Wednesday, children across the valley will take to the streets for a night of trick or treating. How do you know whose doors they’re knocking on…and if your kids are safe?

Police gave News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia an exclusive look at their secret operation working behind the scenes to keep tabs on the valley’s registered sex offenders. Full Article / Video

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Halloween is a no-go for sex offenders on probation in Los Angeles County

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  1. American Detained in America

    Years off parole and I still think about those years of being herded into the parole office with a hundred others on Halloween just to make sure we weren’t doing anything we wouldn’t have been doing anyway. We were homeless, so it’s not like any kids would be trick or treating anywhere near us. It was and absolutely always will be a ridiculous waste of time and taxpayer money.

  2. Dustin

    Didn’t watch the video, and don’t care to. Betting it was just a more polite form of harassment than last year owing to the cameras.

    DA Hestrin comes off as a pandering idiot. Think the reporter should have asked how many SOs have occurred on Halloween.

  3. Neil

    One take-away from the article about LA County probationers is that the surprise visit to one registrant’s home was triggered by his failure to “respond to a recent letter reminding him of the Probation’s Department’s regulations for Halloween, which prohibit him from handing out candy or decorating his house for the occasion.” In the long run, life is usually easier when we comply not only with conditions, but also with whatever additional (and lawful) requests that probation officers and parole agents make.

  4. jist a nobody

    I hope those RC not on paper have ACSOL business card hand and ready to say “bye bye”

  5. Facts should matter

    Isn’t this the equivalent of a prison shakedown?!

    What good is freedom if you have ZERO privacy, security or sense of safety??

  6. Eric

    Today in San Diego three children were killed crossing the street to get to their school bus. The bus had it’s stop sigh out and flashing lights engaged, but the driver tried to pass illegally. Too bad some of those police weren’t out patrolling the streets, maybe they could have saved three precious lives (probably five since the parents will never recover).

  7. Greg

    I’m the one who brought this to Janice’s attention. You see I was at work when my neighbor called me and told me a grip of cops, with a helicopter, were at my house looking for me and passing my picture around. I’m off parole, they need to leave me alone. They know where I live because I register once a year. I’m mad 😡. Are the cops trying to get me killed? I am so stressed right now! If my neighbors didn’t know before they know now and there are a ton of gangbangers where I live that would live to get their hands on an r.c. I wish there was something I could do. If something happens to me or my pregnant girlfriend… There is lots wrong with this and nothing right. The DA knows darn good and well that we know they don’t forget about us. It’s inciting is what he’s doing. He’s really confused and I will push back as far as I can, to and including getting an attorney if I have to.

  8. Greg

    I’m the one who brought this to Janice’s attention. You see I was at work when my neighbor called me and told me a grip of cops, with a helicopter, were at my house looking for me and passing my picture around. I’m off parole, they need to leave me alone. They know where I live because I register once a year. I’m mad 😡. Are the cops trying to get me killed? I am so stressed right now! If my neighbors didn’t know before they know now and there are a ton of gangbangers where I live that would live to get their hands on an r.c. I wish there was something I could do. If something happens to me or my pregnant girlfriend… There is lots wrong with this and nothing right. The DA knows darn good and well that we know they don’t forget about us. It’s inciting is what he’s doing. He’s really confused and I will push back as far as I can, to and including getting an attorney if I have to. Maybe ya’ll know of someone who can represent me

    • Will Allen

      A helicopter? Surely not. Surely they would not waste that kind of money just for a PR stunt.

      You are correct to be angry. I would be sure to tell them that they are never welcome at my home and to F off.

      I have talked to a couple of LE people lately. They didn’t SEEM like bad people but they probably are. I will never trust them. The only reason that I was talking to them is because I wanted to find out some information. So I play a game with them. I tell them that they must answer my questions and then I will answer the same number for them. It seems to really piss them off. Very fun and enjoyable.

  9. Gralphr

    Just got back taking my youngest kids trick or treating. My older kids stayed home to pass out candy. Honestly, it was so dark outside, why would ANY parent allow a small child to walk the streets in the first place? Would they allow them to walk around on any other night? As far as I can tell, all small kids had responsible parents chaperoning them on their quest for candy to include myself. That was nothing more than a waste of taxpayers money in order to win the next election and I’m glad I dont live in that horrible backward state……

    • AJ

      “Would they allow them to walk around on any other night?”
      —–
      Halloween has always made me scratch my head a bit. All year long, adults tell kids not to talk to strangers, be home before dark, and certainly do not take candy from strangers. And then along comes Halloween…

      • mike r

        @AJ, that is pretty funny. I was walking with my grandkids and our bunch of kids and parents on Halloween thinking the same thing. Always pounding this never take candy from strangers and be scared of strangers, but here go up to this strangers house with all this scary crap outside and ask for candy. I was also wondering if people are using the opportunity to use scare tactics on their kids. It would be a good way to indoctrinate their kids in to being scared of strangers and stranger’s houses by telling their kids that get scared of the scary clowns or decorations that is what will get em if they go to strangers or their houses. Freak their kids out for the rest of their lives. IDK, every time I seen kids getting scared parents were practically running away from the houses. When my grandson gets scared I talk to him and convince him to go with me and show him that it is just a costume. Then afterwards he tells me, I wasn’t even scared grandpa. Even my son thought he should just pass on the houses that scare kids, that is the problem with society, just one of a plethora, that they shield their frigging kids from any and every thing. Kids have no idea how to handle the real world any more and they end up thinking they are entitled to every thing, that they do not have to do anything for themselves (including thinking for themselves and just following the sheeple), and makes them afraid of everything that they do not understand. Makes it impossible for them to have to make their own deductions without a smart phone or other tech telling them what they should be feeling or thinking. It is indoctrination, is it purposeful by some known or unknown entities? is it just a by product of a larger society? am I crazy thinking like I do? Maybe to all that. It sure is funny how silicon valley elite’s have banned electronics from their kid’s school’s curriculum and campuses… Conspiracy theories. Maybe not. lol…

  10. G4Change

    Yet another solution looking for a problem. Political pandering and, now that it’s officially November, television ratings sweeps. Makes me sick!!!

  11. Jason

    So what’s the news about cities age restricting trick or treaters? My nephew lives in VA and was given a warning. He’s 14, sisters 18 and 10, so now their restricting teenagers?

    • AO

      @Jason – Yeah, I saw an article on that. Apparently some cities have placed an age limit of 12 for kids to be allowed to trick or treat. It’s pretty insane. I’m sorry they had to experience that, but I’m glad all this BS is spilling out into the general public. Let the people see how much overreach there is.

      • TS

        I can see the age limit to combat any potential Halloween havoc wreaked through vandalism, etc because it surely is not about saving one child from any harm someone under 18 could suffer. If it was, they would outlaw trick or treating altogether.

    • AJ

      Under what guise are they saying they can restrict the freedom of movement of people of certain age or older? They’d better be quite careful on how they write it, though it may not matter as it’s certainly subject to strict scrutiny for infringing a First Amdt. right.

      And under what guise do they believe they can prohibit a citizen from doing what SCOTUS has said everybody is allowed to do, that is approach a door, knock, wait for an answer, and then either engage with the person who answers or leave if no answer. They reaffirmed that in FL v. Jardines (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/1/), citing KY v. King (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/563/452/). In fact, in FL v Jardines, “trick-or-treaters” was one of the examples Justice Scalia used to indicate how it is “generally managed without incident.”

  12. Bill

    It’s an election year and the dimwit lazy politicians that are looking for the easy votes and use children for their own cause.

  13. mike r @AJ

    AJ, do you think we are going to be better off without Scalia and Kennedy in the picture? It sure seems like Gorsuch and even Kavanaugh are at least sane as compared… At least that is my take. Scalia seems to have been really reluctant to even recognize substantive due process from my readings so far.

    • AJ

      @mike r:
      I do think we’re somewhat better off, but mostly due to their ages than anything else. I think Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are perhaps a bit more in tune with how the current Internet-everywhere world works than either Scalia or Kennedy were. I think they see the pervasive effect pretty much anything online has in one’s life. It’s not simply the electronic version of what used to be housed and kept in courthouses, etc. Data mining is something that has no paper comparison, at least not in reach or effect.

      I suspect the new guys see how online activity, information, and storage has been woven into every aspect of life, for good and bad. The old guard saw it more as some new thing that one could simply avoid if desired. As @TS touched on, even Roberts is waking up to it when he’s told by his daughters that they’d rather have their iPhone protected by the 4th Amdt. than their desk drawers.

      I also think, based on what Roberts said in the U of MN interview, that Third Party Doctrine may be on the ropes. It took a hit with Carpenter, and it may take more if/when the right case comes. Life–and legal review–would be so much easier if U.S. citizens were given the privacy rights so many other countries grant their citizenry. More and more, that matters more and more. And to counter the tired line that if you’re not doing anything wrong, you shouldn’t care about your privacy: 1) I’m not doing anything wrong when using the bathroom, but I still like the door closed; 2) I’m not doing anything wrong when I draw the blinds/curtains, but I still like privacy in my home; 3) I’m not doing anything wrong when at the doctor, but I still like privacy with my physician.

  14. FinallyOffTheReg

    I cross posted this on another thread. Just should give the real “Danger” another look. Police should be setting up DUI Checkpoints and using our taxpayer $ for that on Halloween instead. But, that doesn’t create “irrational Fear” now does it. This story brought to you by The Patch. Same folks doing the “beware of these xxyy Registrants maps we are trying to fight against in all states. I am attaching an additional link to my local Fox News affiliate story about Meth-laced candy that got the Parents sick when they ate it. Just a small look at the real dangers (copy and paste link into browser).
    Cheers,

    https://patch.com/connecticut/stratford/dad-drove-drunk-during-trick-or-treating-stratford-police

    https://fox61.com/2018/11/01/sheriff-parents-sickened-after-eating-meth-laced-halloween-candy/

    • David Kennerly's Incredulity

      I am highly skeptical of this Fox story in which it is alleged that someone has handed-out methamphetamine-laced trick-or-treat candy. It will be interesting to see if there is any follow-up or if it will simply join the litany of apocryphal stories which promote socially-decohering urban legends. My guess is that this is a “false report” to the police, for whatever tormented or disingenuous reason.

    • Jason

      Fake news… People reading it should honestly think about the story? What meth-head would intentionally hand out their own supply without using it all or selling it? None!

      Wish I could post a gif.

  15. Timothy

    I believe it is time for SOR registrants to post signs pointing out Rapists cops. California can use the serial killer cop who just got busted. It’s time to give the police unions some of their own medicine.

  16. USA

    Very funny. I live near Los (they are fighting the sanctuary city laws)! Let’s get tough on crime and etc etc. Yet, we have 2 we’ll know massage parlors (trust me) that are within 2-3 miles of city hall? In addition, the City of Cypress has also been a city that is tough on crime! Yet, they have at least 6 Massage Parlors that offer Full Sex/nude massages, handjobs, oral sex and one is located very close to a church and pre school? Yet, how do these tough cities allow these whore houses to remain open year after year?

  17. New Person

    From the article:
    “The team is a special task force is called SAFE, or Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement, conducting compliance checks to ensure sex offenders are living at the address they’re registered at, and that they are following the terms of their parole. ”

    So compliance check is done to registrants on PAROLE. What is the difference with a compliance check with a registrant NO LONGER UNDER CUSTODY? There is no difference between being under custody and not under custody. Thus, the registry as it is IS punishment.

  18. AERO1

    Does this website post any positive information it’s always like the worst information like a registered killed or new law or just something to make you even more paranoid and depressed I wish this website would post more about the positive things of the new tier law thats coming in effect in 2021 and what they think the changes going to be in ways people need to saddle up and be ready not just the worst of the worst every time we’re all living this nightmare so we know what’s going on out there to those who don’t you must be rich

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