I was born in Van Nuys and grew up in Altadena and South Pasadena during the 60-70's. This narrative brings back memories. Pasadena Police had two air units back in the day (PD1 and PD2). They contracted with other municipalities (like South Pasadena) for their service. I remember hearing them all of the time. They were loud and intrusive back then...sounds as if nothing has changed. LAPD needs to conduct science-based research in conducting their "studies". The other critical part is the community being able to have input to what is going on. The department's treatment (along with the LASD) of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters goes way back...enough is enough! Thank you for sharing. Peace and love. SW Michigan.


The Summer of 1970, and the boy was just 10 years old. He sat on the couch, with a fully loaded .38 Smith&Wesson …the hammer was pulled back, and the six rounds were waiting for their intended target. The head would take all six rounds. The child did not know if his father wore his body armor that day, and I wanted to make sure that he ended up dead, no mistakes! There was no turning back, once the deadly deed was done and over with! You see, my brothers and sisters, I (as well as my mother, and younger…


It’s a Friday evening…a light Spring rain is falling here in Southwest Michigan (Benton Harbor, to be exact). Summer 2018 is almost upon us…my mind wanders back to the Summer of 1968, to Pasadena, California…my home for eighteen years. Jesus, where does the time go…at 58, finding myself pondering my eventual demise. Yeah, all will die eventually! We can get busy living, or get busy dying! Fuck death, living in this moment is awesome, yet some regrets continue to haunt my soul! Dana, my eight year old soul-mate…my beautiful Ebony girlfriend. Me, very White, and very cursed (or so I…

Dan Penkoff

Goofy old man, father, US Army combat veteran, university student, and aspiring writer. Love my Black and Brown brothers and sisters, soul food, and Detroit!

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