John J Nazarian Discusses with Three Retired Detectives from L.A.P.D Changes in Being a Police Officer Over the Last Three DecadesPosted by Rose in Beverly Hills, Desperate Exes, High Proflie Trials, Hollywood, Hollywood Criminal Justice, John J. Nazarian, John J. Nazarian P.I, John Nazarian, John Nazarian PI, Nazarian P. I., Robert Jakucs, Straight Talk with John J Nazarian, William Cox
Straight Talk with John J Nazarian‘s show today is about the difference in being a police officer today as oppose to 30 – 40 years ago. From what happened as the choke hold became forbidden to police to restrain a suspect to the world of taser guns, “batons” (political correctness for billy clubs), cameras and audio on almost every police officer in big cities as well as coming to small towns across the U. S.
John’s guests are retired homicide detectives Robert Jakucs and William Cox and retired Vice detective James Freeman all from the L.A.P.D.
Robert A. Jakucs is a retired Los Angeles Police Department Detective with over 30-years of investigative experience. During his distinguished career with the L.A.P.D he worked such high-profile assignments as Homicide, Hollywood Vice, SWAT, Robberies, Burglaries, Complex Thefts, and gang-related shootings. He was a member of the Night Stalker Task Force that investigated the serial murderer Richard Ramirez. Robert Jakucs is also a consultant for national television specializing in private and police investigation issues and has appeared on the news shows Nightline, 20/20 and Inside Edition.
William Cox was a Los Angeles Police Detective who retired in 2007 after 32 years
William Cox worked in a variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, CRASH (gang detail) in South-Central and West Los Angeles areas. He also worked homicides for over 20 years and finished his career in Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) which handles major cases including serial killers, multiple murders, media and high-profile cases, officer-involved shootings, and assaults and murders on police officers. He also worked the Rampart Corruption Task Force for two years. William Cox was also involved or handled several high-profile cases over the years including the Kimes (mother-son grifters who were responsible for 3 murders in LA, NY, and the Bahamas); the Goetz of the West case; the murder of the pregnant mother at LAX; plus several others.
William Cox has appeared on Investigative Discovery channel, 48 Hours, and E-entertainment. He is currently employed by the US State Dept. as a background investigator.
William Cox’s last case he worked on at RHD was a Chinese immigrant student attending USC who had gone to a frat party and had attempted to pull a gun and start shooting students. He was wrestled to the ground by other students who then called police. After a search warrant was served on the suspect’s apartment Cox and three other detectives were sent to NY City to investigate and attempt to identify approximately 20 persons the suspect had targeted to possibly kill. (This incident occurred shortly after the mass murders at West Virginia Tech.) Cox was also working on a murder where a husband set his car and wife on fire on the Golden State Frwy. Cox had also been working (for the past four years) on a double homicide that had occurred in 2002 wherein two victims were killed in their car and their car set on fire. That murder was the story that 48 Hours has done and shown on television in February 2011.
James Freeman retired as a detective with the L.A.P.D. in 1999 from Vice after 25 years. James Freeman always knew he wanted to be a police officer and in 1969 joined the Law Enforcement Explorer Scout program at age 16. In 1971 Mr. Freeman became a Los Angeles Police civilian employee as a Police Cadet at age 18 and was assigned full time at the Hollywood Division Jail. In 1974 just 3 weeks after turning 21, detective Freeman was appointed as a Los Angeles Police Officer and graduated the academy 4 months later. In 1974 Freeman was assigned to Foothill Division Patrol as a uniform officer where he completed probation and remained approximately two years. In 1976 Freeman was assigned to West Los Angeles Division Patrol. In 1978 Freeman was transferred to the Van Nuys Division Patrol where he worked as a training officer and senior lead training officer. During Freeman’s years at Van Nuys Division Freeman was also assigned to 2 tours of working undercover, operating and arresting street prostitution, porno and bookmaking suspects.
In 1988 Freeman was promoted to Detective and Assigned to Administrative Vice Division. Freeman conducted undercover booking investigations of criminal organizations that accepted more than one million dollars a week in illegal sports/horse racing wagers. Freeman conducted surveillance, electronic and intelligence gathering of criminal operations; instructed newly assigned vice officers at the Police Academy in how to conduct bookmaking investigations and writing search warrants; provided expert advice to division vice units and other police agencies; completed loans to Internal Affairs Division and Detective Headquarters Division. In 1997 Administrative Vice Division merged with Organized Crime Intelligence Division where Freeman stayed until his retirement in 1999.
With the latest headlines of police brutality, Nazarain’s guests will give their opinions and how being a police officer has evolved in the last 30 – 40 years.
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