Valorous officer costs Hawthorne

Valorous officer costs Hawthorne

There are 108 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Dec 13, 2009, titled Valorous officer costs Hawthorne. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Police told Jason Giandomenico to stay away from a Hawthorne liquor store. He admits to ignoring the order, but said that was no reason for an officer to break his jaw.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#1 Dec 13, 2009
What is happening to society. Families of CRIMINALS are filing wrongful death suits because of what their lowlife no class relatives are doing. Forget that, CRIMINALS do not deserve any rights. Forget the whiny crybaby ACLU and all of these other groups. Let them do the time, or get rid of them

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Dec 14, 2009
Here we go, there is blood in the water and there is going to be a feeding frenzy with this story. Here you go all you anti-police it's the story you've been waiting for. Merry Christmas!

San Antonio, TX

#5 Dec 14, 2009
I dont know why I work so hard, or why I taught my boys to be good and honest. Its clearly apperant that crime IS the way to go. Where is the incentive to be good anymore. Stay in school, work hard, stay outta trouble and you get to work hard all your life, drop out, sell drugs,join gangs, and prosper beyond your dreams. Sure glad my rollercoaster ride of life is closer to the end than not...

Clarksville, IN

#6 Dec 14, 2009
The City of Hawthorne appears much too generous in giving away the citizen's money to criminals. Maybe it's time for a change of leadership.
been there

Phoenix, AZ

#7 Dec 14, 2009
Hawthorne is a dump, parts are a true ghetto. The police are trying to keep the law in a town that has no morals, no civility. They are underpaid, and not appreciated. I feel for these officers, they are fighting an up-hill battle. I worked in that town for 5 years, the place is filled with jobless, welfare-dependent knuckleheads. God bless the men and women in uniform for trying.

Mission Viejo, CA

#8 Dec 14, 2009
Who hired him and what about psych exams to get hired? nice job and where is he today? another P.D.? Thankfully he isn't white or we'd have to hear how he is a racist cop.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#9 Dec 14, 2009
The citizens are held accountable for the actions of these cops but when you ask about it, it's a personal matter and none of your business. Some cops show up where there's a small problem and escalate it into a larger one. Other cops can come into the same situation and calm everyone down and solve the problem. It isn't that hard to tell one from the other, the police know who the bad cops are but can't or won't do anything about them.

United States

#10 Dec 14, 2009
Where is he today? At the LAPD?
Edward RM

Makawao, HI

#11 Dec 14, 2009
2 million is a small price to pay for a GREAT Police Officer like Kang. Nice try on the hit piece Daily Sleaze, this one doesn't fit, so you must acquit. Want to see money being wasted? Try looking into the City Council, that might actually take some work though, wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers of the higher-ups, I understand. Carry On.

Hacienda Heights, CA

#12 Dec 14, 2009
Gardena has about 60,000 residents according to their web site. How accurate are you on the other states ?

Hacienda Heights, CA

#13 Dec 14, 2009
Forgot...ever travel just West of Crenshaw Blvd. around 135th St ? It's very high density appartments...Hard to know how many people live in each's a nightmare after dark.

“cracker-barrel philosopher”

Since: Jan 08

Wilmington/Carson/San Pedro

#14 Dec 14, 2009
"Anybody can file a lawsuit for anything and it's not infrequent that people who engage in confrontations with law enforcement, frankly, have little to lose by filing a lawsuit - and plenty to gain," added Praet, who does not represent Hawthorne.

Boy, that's the truth. More money than robbing a bank for having something done to the criminal by the cops that the criminal doesn't think twice about doing, or worse, to somebody else.

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Dec 14, 2009
Everytime they stop one of these criminals, right away they want to claim their civil rights have been violated. Most of there claims are a bunch of BS. They drive around with expired registration over a year and a expired or suspended drivers license and then wonder why they got arrested. If you don't want a problem with the police, then don't break the law.
Say What

Helena, MT

#16 Dec 14, 2009
"Police Management" is an oxy-moron. It comes from promoting guys with no sense, no education and no management training to management positions.

It is complicated by the POLICE UNIONS which insure that it is almost impossible to discipline a bad cop, let alone fire him. The unions object to GPS.(Hawthorne's unions will allow real-time gps only, no recorded history. Other South Bay Unions don't want anyone to know where their members are when they are "on duty".)

The unions fight video cameras.(Every patrol cop ought to have one stapled to their forehead recording everything from the time they clock in to the time they clock out. Ok, I'm kidding about the staple.) But everything needs to be recorded and subject to quality review.

YOU HAVE TO STOP VOTING FOR the hand picked political incompetents like Ted Lieu!! There are too many laws. Too many BAD laws. The criminals in the Assembly and State Senate just make things worse!

This article did a terrible job of trying to discuss "performance measurement". That should be an ongoing transparent discussion.

And yes, dirtbags shouldn't be able prevail in law suits for stupid stuff. And lying cops should go to prison, not be promoted.
Dick Tracy

United States

#17 Dec 14, 2009
And who says cops are not violent themselves. So many, not all, of these cops are on power trips and should never have passed a psycological exam.

Now when is the Torrance PD going to be investigated? By my estimates in the recent past they have had more shootings than Rampart. After the tool shed assasinations I thought I read they was going to be a federal investigation. Did someone get paid off? Too many unanswered questions.

Glad to see hawthorne PD get rid of Kang. Anyone with that kind of history deserves a desk job or to be let go.

San Bernardino, CA

#19 Dec 14, 2009
I've worked with this guy during a couple loss prevention cases back when I was in the LP field and he was know where near as aggresive as described in the field. I can recall on more than one occasion instances where Kang should have gotten "rowdy" on a perp and all he did was give them a nice sit on the ass and process them and proceed with the bookings, of course your going to hear all the negative shit on the PD, but what about all of the positive that come from what they Daily Sleeze

Long Beach, CA

#21 Dec 14, 2009
jeez it makes me wanna give up. criminals or families of criminals hit the lottery. maybe i'll drive to hawthorne, lip off to a cop then wait on my pay day. six years pay for a sore jaw? i can live with that. why these dirt bags are able to get away with this is beyond me...
POS Police

Encinitas, CA

#22 Dec 14, 2009
Kang and his partner received the Medal of Valor for Christmas Day shooting in 2003.
No wonder Kang started messing people up, Hawthorne police department was rewarding the cops for bad behavior, it kind of went like this, punch a baby get the day off with pay, run over an old lady crossing the street 2 tickets to the clippers baseketball game, arrest a black man for being black free hamburgers from Jack in the Box, break someone's jaw 1 free laker ticket

Redlands, CA

#23 Dec 14, 2009
"Although no two cities are exactly alike, Torrance, Gardena and Hermosa Beach were chosen because they compare similarly to Hawthorne in terms of police force size, crime statistics and demographics of the residents. "

Denise you are kidding me right? Demographics....Police Force size....HPD is barley 1.1 Officers per 1000 citizens....TPD is around 2.5 per thousand, tey have 2 times the officers that HPD has....and Gardena is around 70,000 population....and are comparing demographics....look at the income level in that many parolee's do you think Hermosa many sex offenders and section 8 housing....HPD cops have to deal with bad people, using much less resources, much more often...your comparison is wrong....end of story...
Reality Check

Torrance, CA

#25 Dec 14, 2009
How irresponsible and uninformed can this reporter be to make the statement that Gardena, Hawthorne and Torrance were selected as comparison cities due to their similarity in police force size, crime stats and demographics and then go on to reference those numbers that are vastly different. If she believes the demographics of Hawthorne are similar to those of Torrance, I suggest she spend a little time in the two cities before writing another article with them as subject matter.

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