The Los Angeles Police Department held a news conference Friday about their vice arrests in Los Angeles area parks, which was covered in part by our local CBS channel; it’s not up on the CBS website right now, though the Daily Breeze did cover the news conference.
The LAPD is cracking down men having sex in local outdoors areas–in 2009 the LAPD arrested 90 men for lewd behavior in local parks, including Griffith Park, Elysian Park and Sycamore Grove, up from 75 in 2008–and the lead vice officer, who is openly gay, said that it wasn’t an issue of gay, straight or bi, but that public sex is illegal. Families and other park users are complaining. But here’s where it gets weird.
The police said that gang members were targeting men cruising for sex and robbing them at knife point because the victims were unlikely to come forth and file charges. Okay, so then how do the police know there robberies are occurring? And frankly, shouldn’t the LAPD be looking for armed robbers rather than guys trying to get some action?
Then after showing video of park areas littered with condoms, the police said that there was a risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Not if you are using condoms! And sexually transmitted diseases can get passed around in one’s home just as easily as in a park if you don’t use condoms. Granted used condoms are yucky and don’t biodegrade. Maybe there should be more trashcans available so that used condoms can be disposed of properly, because littering isn’t very nice and we should be tidy.
BTW, according to the police statement:
Many participants have been arrested frequently for the same activity and claim to be married and heterosexual.
Side note: Elysian Park is home to the Los Angeles Police Academy, making it a rather high risk area for both public sex and armed robbery…