On patrol in South L.A.
LAPD gang crackdown
Officer Brandon Valdez, 27, handcuffs a suspect who was stopped in what was suspected to be a stolen vehicle. The man was released but was arrested in another incident later the same day. Minor traffic infractions are enough to allow officers to pull a vehicle over, which can then lead to arrests for parole violations or outstanding warrants. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)