Parole sweep targets violators in Echo Park and Silver Lake [updated]

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Three teams of LAPD gang officers and state agents went looking for parole violators along the Sunset Boulevard corridor this morning in response to an increase in property crimes in the area, police said.

Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division said the parole sweep began at about 6 am and focused on the area around Sunset Boulevard from Echo Park Avenue in Echo Park  to Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood.

The teams – which consisted of roughly six LAPD officers, two agents from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and a canine to sniff for firearms and narcotics – were looking for persons who had violated the terms of their parole or had failed to check in with state authorities, he said.

Update: Three parole violators were arrested, and one handgun was recovered, said Buhrmester.


  1. Good news LAPD Rampart Division.

  2. When do we the citizens get to do a sweep of the LAPD? I’m sure they’ve killed just as many as any other gang in this city. Clean up your own backyard.

    • …with one major difference. You don’t get a $5 million payout from the city council when any other “gang” kills…

    • If you truly feel that the police have “killed just as many as any other gang in this city,” I invite you to start reading the L.A. Times’ Homicide Report on a regular basis. Perhaps you’ll discover, as I have, that the majority of homicides that have taken place in L.A. County over the past five or six years have been black-on-black crimes. Many of the homicides are gang-related, and relatively few are police shootings.


      I’m no defender of police brutality or some of their overly-aggressive tactics, but I don’t think anyone benefits when the police are forced to curtail their efforts out of fear of community protests – or worse, riots. I wish that everyone who criticizes the police would take ten percent of that anger and turn it toward the gangs that terrorize large swaths of our city.

  3. I’m glad that the LAPD is doing something constructive. There has been an uptick in crimes so I, for one, am happy that they did this sweep and found 3 violators. We don’t need these bad people causing trouble.

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