As usual, I'm going to go with my gut, here. I don't have all the facts. I don't know the people involved. That in mind, this story pisses me off.
A former gang leader who founded an anti-gang center in Hawthorne called No Guns was arrested Thursday when police found him with a handgun.
Hector Marroquin Sr., 49, of Downey was taken into custody when police raided his home looking for his son, Hector Marroquin Jr., a reputed gang member nicknamed "Little Weasel," Hawthorne police Lt. Tom Jester said.
Back in 1998, Hector Marroquin, opened an anti-gang center called No Guns in Hawthorne. From what little I can see, it looks like he was really trying to turn things around.
Yes, he is an ex-felon. He has been convicted and has done time. He was grabbed and acquitted in '98 for gun possession. Last year he was arrested "on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment". The charges were dropped.
In looking for his son, who is suspected of taking part in a home invasion robbery in December, the police also arrested Hector Sr. and his daughter Charleeda. A handgun was found in Hector Sr.'s bedroom along with a small quantity of marijuana. Charleeda was grabbed on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.
I'm not condoning his past, or hell, anyone's for that matter. Mr. Marroquin got to where he is in his life through a combination of choices and responses to an ugly and violent environment. He also appears to have helped out a lot of kids through the same means.
No person is going to come to a realization that things need to be turned around and suddenly become Mother fucking Teresa. So he has some pot. BFD. So he's got a gun. He lives in the middle of gang territory with a son who goes by the name "Little Weasel", for chrissakes. Not having a gun there is like not having a gun in Texas. It's socially unacceptable and possibly suicidal.
I'm glad Hector Jr. is in custody. If he committed the crime, lock his ass up. But the charges against Hector Sr. sound trumped up. Is he the subject of a wider investigation? Or is Hawthorne PD just fucking with him because they can?
At what point does a person earn redemption? And who judges it? There's a wide gap between law and justice, and justice rarely wins out.
So, am I talking out my ass here? Does anyone know this guy? Know the organization? Is he really a monster and the cops are doing us all a favor for throwing his ass in jail? Or are they just being stereotypical assholes?