EL SEGUNDO HERALD June 25, 2020 Page 3
Black Lives Matter
There was a strong showing by residents
at the El Segundo city council meeting on
June 16 bringing local attention to Black
Lives Matter and the future of our policing
policy. More than 20 people submitted written
comments to the city and a great number
spoke out during public comment supporting
community dialogue and reform. El Segundo
is well known for its racist and bigoted past
that people are inspired to change and I’m
glad so many residents chose to participate
and take action.
Having watched the meeting live, I thought
it was very insensitive and embarrassing
that Mayor Drew Boyles initially did not
want the public comments to be read aloud
but those in the audience insisted and he
changed his mind. That should be noted.
Thanks for all the El Segundo Herald does
for our town.
– Danielle Harris
Support of Chief Whalen
I laud Chief Whalen for posing in a picture
on 6/3/20 with the student ‘protesters’—better
characterized as apolitical, peaceful activists
holding Black Lives Matter signs. A former
police captain criticized Chief Whalen and
framed these actions as, pardon the pun, a
black and white violation of “department
policy” regarding a political rally. One of
BLM’s published tenets is “combating and
countering acts of violence”—certainly
not political. The former officer’s response
perpetuates a stark narrative and public
division. Racial injustice and police issues
have erroneously morphed to become
political. Chief Whalen aptly understands
critical nonpolitical concepts in their
proper context: ethical, philosophical, institutional
and generational. He exemplified
an empathetic attitude for our community.
Posing with the students was a common-sense
gesture of humanity. Chief Whalen demonstrated
positive reinforcement of universal
values in uniform as a respected civic leader,
which many communities lack and continue
to misconstrue as ‘politics.’ The numerous
videos of visible collaborative gestures,
such as law enforcement hugging activists,
taking knees or the National Guard
dancing the macarena with peaceful demonstrators,
break down barriers and foster
positive dialog to reform injustice and divisiveness.
As an El Segundo resident of
many decades, I’m proud of and support
ESPD. I’ve been on multiple ride-a-longs
and through their community police academy.
I’m aware of their bravery and challenges.
I’m also biracial (black/white) so I have an
acute understanding of racial matters. Let’s
collaborate to create community unity and
not add divisiveness or sling petty critiques
at our chief.
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Monday, June 15th
A grand theft auto report was taken at
1159 hours from the 800 block of Main
Street. Taken was a 1994 Dodge van. Three
additional supplementals were taken of additional
property that was stolen.
A shoplifting report was taken at 1300
hours from the 2500 block of East El Segundo
Boulevard. The suspect stole merchandise
from the store
One female adult was arrested at 0223
hours from East El Segundo Boulevard and
Illinois Street for possession of a controlled
substance. Tuesday, June 16th
A dead body report was taken at 1037 hours
from the 600 block of East Holly Avenue.
An elderly female adult passed away from
An identity theft report was a taken at
1329 hours from the 800 block of Nash
Street. Unknown suspect(s) made fraudulent
transactions from the victim’s bank account.
An online identity theft report was taken
at 0400 hours from the 1500 block of East
Sycamore Avenue. Unknown suspect(s)
fraudulently cashed checks in the victim’s
Wednesday, June 17th
A vehicle was reported stolen at 0648 hours
from the 900 block of Hornet Way. Taken
was a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500.
A found property report was taken at 1002
hours from Aviation Boulevard and Imperial
Highway. Found was a wallet.
An identity theft report was taken at 1400
hours from the 600 block of Eucalyptus
Drive. Unknown suspect(s) made a fraudulent
purchase from the victim’s account
An identity theft report was taken at 1517
hours from the 400 block of North Continental
Boulevard. Unknown suspect(s) made
fraudulent transactions from the victim’s
A felony evading report was taken at 0137
hours from Lomita Street and Pine Avenue.
Thursday, June 18th
A burglary (vehicle) report was taken at 0606
hours from the 100 block of West Sycamore
Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) broke into the
victim’s vehicle and stole his property.
One female adult was detained at 0749
hours from the 100 block of South Pacific
Coast Highway and taken to Harbor General
Hospital for a 72 hour psychiatric evaluation.
A stolen vehicle report was taken at 0858
hours from the 500 block of Eucalyptus
Drive. Taken was a 2012 Dodge Challenger.
A burglary (residential) report was taken
at 0957 hours from the 800 block of Main
Street. Unknown suspect(s) stole property
from the victim’s carport.
A grand theft report was taken at 1542
hours from the 2100 block of East Maple
Avenue. Taken were vehicle keys.
A traffic accident (no injuries) report
was taken at 1626 hours from the 300 block
of North Pacific Coast Highway, vehicle
One male adult was arrested at Marine
Avenue and Cedar Avenue for grand theft
auto, shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia,
possession of burglary tools and
One female adult was arrested at 1933
hours from Marine Avenue and Cedar Street
for possession of drug paraphernalia
A misdemeanor hit and run report was taken
at 1753 hours from the 800 block of South
Pacific Coast Highway, vehicle versus vehicle
One male adult was arrested at 2208 hours
from the 400 block of Maryland Street for
misdemeanor DUI with a BAC of .08%
A petty theft report was taken at 2214
hours from the 1800 block of East Sycamore
Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) stole the
A burglary report was taken at 0010
hours from the 1400 block of East Imperial
Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) stole a printer
from the business.
Friday, June 19th
A stolen vehicle report was taken at 0711
hours from the 800 block of McCarthy Court.
Stolen was a 1995 Chevy Suburban.
One male adult was cited and released at
0739 hours from the 1700 block of East Pine
Avenue for trespassing
An attempt vehicle theft report was taken at
1155 hours from the 300 block of East Imperial
Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) tampered
with the victim’s vehicle steering column
and punched the ignition.
A misdemeanor hit and run report was
taken at 1903 hours from the 300 block of
Concord Street, vehicle versus parked vehicle.
Saturday, June 20th
One male adult was arrested at 0707 hours
from the 500 block of North Nash Street for
one outstanding felony parole warrant.
One male adult was arrested at 1004
hours from the 100 block of West Mariposa
Avenue for driving a stolen vehicle, giving
a false name, driving while unlicensed, and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
A burglary (commercial) report was taken
at 1434 hours from the 1000 block of East
El Segundo Boulevard.
A traffic accident (without injuries) occurred
at 1511 hours in the 600 block of Vista Del
Mar, three vehicles were involved.
One male adult was cited and released at
1818 hours from the 200 block of East Grand
Avenue for possession of stolen property.
One male adult was cited and released
at 1832 hours from the 500 block of North
Pacific Coast Highway for petty theft.
Sunday, June 21st
An identity report was taken at 1512
hours from the 300 block of East Imperial
Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) gained access
of the victim’s bank account.
One female adult was detained at 1546
hours and transported to Exodus medical
center for a psychiatric evaluation. •
An Old Puffer Fish Protects New Life
A spiky hanging puffer fish seems an odd
nest location. But that’s where a beautiful
red-throated hummingbird is raising her
young on a balcony here on Sierra Place in
– Photos courtesy Daniel Farthing •