Re "Waiting for His Day in Court Since '98," Feb. 5:
Regardless of the outcome in Art Romo's narcotics trial, he will always have my utmost respect. In fact, the residents of Santa Ana will always owe him a debt of gratitude for his work in bringing peace to our streets. Government and law-enforcement officials have unfairly targeted Romo and other leaders of the United Gang Council from its inception.
Romo reached out to the troubled youths who had become entangled in the violent world of street gangs. His message resonated with them and gang violence dropped dramatically in Santa Ana. After years of having these issues ignored by our political leaders, and indifference toward the lives and well-being of young Latinos by Chief Paul M. Walters and the Santa Ana Police Department, Romo got results.
I'll be pulling hard for Mr. Romo to beat the charges. We need him out on the streets, fighting to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.