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Guns Drawn at Trancas Market

A vehicle allegedly had the wrong plates on it.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers on Monday afternoon drew their guns on the occupants of a vehicle parked at Trancas Country Market. The incident happened at about 12:40 p.m. A Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station spokesman said the vehicle had plates from another vehicle on it. He had no additional information.

Jonathan Friedman July 05, 2011 at 10:57 PM
For clarification, we do not know if these officers are from Lost Hills or much beyond what is shown in the picture. Lost Hills did not have more info on this situation today. We will attempt to get more information tomorrow.
Hans Laetz July 06, 2011 at 12:29 AM
That's a standard felony stop. There is no place in Malibu that was not crowded July 4th. The Beverly Hills police would do the same procedure -- every cop agency would. Going after the LACSO for this is just outrageous. We do not have all the facts, and it could well be that there was very good reason for this. The fact of the matter is that police all over the nation stop people this way. The operating theory from some Malibu seems to be that we are special. "I was delayed in the drunk driver checkpoint." "Scary guns were out at Trancas." "I was justified speeding because I am a safe driver." "The cop wouldn't take my word that a kid aimed his car at me, and didn't even say 'sorry.'" I am embarrassed by the Malibu residents who called the sheriff to complain about being delayed at DUI checkpoints, I am embarrassed by Malibu residents who think that dialing 911 means a cop will materialize out of a canyon, and magically eradicate a suicidal driver. I am embarrassed to no end by the endless well of narcissism and whining in this city. Beverly Hills police? Give me a break. Yeah, the LACSO screwed up badly with Mitrice Richardson. But let's be honest, the vast majority of Malibuites could care less about her. And that embarrasses me too.
Gage Galland July 06, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I can only speak from the standpoint of a mother, I do not want the life of my (or any) children or innocent people endangered. Is immediately capturing a traffic violator or criminal worth the life of an innocent person? While Jonathan is correct, and I don't know the circumstances, like car chases, pulling guns in a crowded marketplace is a poor decision and I don't give a damn about protocol. I also, as a mother, do not find it unfathomable that law enforcement should be able to respond within twenty minutes to a 911 situation on PCH. I am not embarrassed by any resident who expects their child to be safe and protected, I applaud them. Unlike you, I don't find it whining to complain when a driver drive 80 m.p.h. and intentionally uses a vehicle to run another car off the road and potentially kill a mother and/or her children. I also think people deserved to be respected and listened to and if that means the common courtesy of acknowledging a citizen's complaint, then call me old fashioned. If I didn't think people generally deserved respect, I, like Mark Halperin, might be inclined to tell you what I think of you.
Gage Galland July 06, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I find it ironic Mr. Laetz that you would call your fellow residents narcissists when your primary pursuit in life seems to be trolling The Patch espousing your knowledge and "facts" by posting acrimonious responses on each and every topic (it's one reason I rarely read the commentary). If I were you and held such a dim view of my fellow residents, I would be inclined to move out of Malibu and exert my efforts elsewhere. If you are looking for someone to engage you, I am not interested. I don't need to you to educate me on the facts of a felony arrest however self important that may make you may feel. I am perfectly aware of protocol, that doesn't represent (in my opinion) a clear sense of good judgement.
jeff July 08, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Typically someone with different plates on their car would be up to no-good. Maybe robbery, kidnapping or just picking their nose. They are in a car with different plates what should the SO do send them a letter. Wake up Malibu is in the real world.

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