If there was any doubt that some of the streets of Los Angeles are getting even meaner, even more shockingly violent and unpredictable, it has to be dispelled by the gang ambush of two anti-gang police officers on Tuesday.
A lack of respect for the law has always been a problem in America. The difference now, of course, is that lack of respect is backed by firepower as never before.
There have always been gangs--but never have so many of them been so heavily armed. And not often has gunfire been trained on cops. Usually gangs try to avoid that.
The shooting, which occurred at 6:30 p.m. near 53rd Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles, left Officer Ray Mendoza seriously wounded. The vicious attack occurred as Mendoza and his partner, Jerry Ballesteros, were driving a suspected drug offender they had arrested to the nearby Newton Street station for processing. Mendoza, 35, who fortunately was wearing a bulletproof vest, was in stable condition. We hope for his speedy recovery.