By Stephen J. Cannell
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It went on like that. He detailed the scams, explaining the ways a cop could make extra money in Haven Park. He told me about health code and fire department tickets on Mexican restaurants or any other food business. They would threaten to close kitchens or shops unless they got paid cash. There was a protection scam being run in Fleetwood. Gang money came in envelopes distributed by the watch commanders--weekly payoffs for letting 18th Street Locos have their run of both towns. "But if you put something on your tray you gotta remember to only take half and kick the rest up to the guy above you.
Talbot Jones was a patrol captain and Haven Park's acting deputy chief. I ended up drinking a few too many Heinekens by the end of the evening. Alonzo and I left A Fuego at a little past midnight. When I went to the curb outside where I'd left my Acura, it was gone. "I left it right here," I said. " "Got towed. " Alonzo grinned. "I was parked legally. This street isn't posted. " "Welcome to Haven Park," he said, still smiling. It was the third time today somebody had told me that. Chapter 9 Alonzo dropped me at the Haven Park Inn and instructed me to show up around nine A.
I would start the hopeless task of applying to other incorporated cities around L. , looking for work as a police officer, which was the only job I enjoyed or understood how to do. Td known this was all coming, so I'd already looked on the Internet and had found a few departments in the area that were currently hiring--places like Pasadena, Long Beach and Santa Monica. But I knew that the real reason for my dismissal would be immediately posted on a secure Internet site called POLITE, which is an acronym that stands for Police Officers Legal Incident Termination Evaluation.
On the Grind by Stephen J. Cannell