California Gang Officers targeted

  Three times in the past two months gang members have targeted members of a multi-jurisdictional anti-gang unit in Riverside County California. Most recently, an officer discovered what is assumed to be an explosive device attached to his car. The officer discovered the device when he exited a store. Officials believe that the device had been attached prior to the officer’s drive to the store.

The booby trap comes just a couple months after authorities discovered a natural gas line on the roof of the task force’s headquarters building had been redirected into the facility — filling it with gas, which could have caused an explosion. In February, an anti-gang officer was opening a gate at the task force’s office when he was nearly struck by a bullet that was part of a booby trap triggered when the gate moved, reported. 

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the individuals responsible for the attacks. The gang unit has since moved to an undisclosed location.

-Attorney John J.  MacLaughlan

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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