By Joseph Wambaugh
No longer because Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling The Onion box has there been a true police tale as interesting, as absolutely gripping as . . .Lines And Shadows. The media hailed them as heroes. Others denounced them as lawless renegades. A squad of difficult cops called the Border Crime activity strength. A commando team sent to patrol the snake-infested no-man's-land south of San Diego. to not recognize the hundreds of thousands of illegal extraterrestrial beings slipping into the united states, yet to stop the ruthless bandits who preyed on them nightly--relentlessly robbing, raping and murdering defenseless males, ladies and kids. the duty strength plan was easy. they'd conceal themselves as illegal extraterrestrial beings. they'd confront the murderous shadows of the evening. but whenever they walked into the violent blackness alongside the border, they came towards one other boundary line--a fragile line within every one guy. and crossing it intended destroying their sanity and their lives.
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Things such as hunkering down: The illegal aliens ordinarily squat when approached by suspicious or threatening persons. So the cops had to learn to squat. And to try and feel the docility of pollos, to learn the gestures of submission and to talk shyly, with proper humility, the timbre and tone of voice modulated accordingly. About the exact opposite of a Japanese sushi chef, they were told. Even the use of the hands was completely different south of the imaginary line. A real Mexican would call to an adult with the fingers pointed downward.
Dick Snider finally tired of crawling around those canyons at midnight, listening to gunshots and cries in the darkness. He remembered the old Border Patrol days when they used to track one alien ten miles because illegal entry was then considered a big deal. He wondered if nowadays any overworked, frustrated, dung-shoveling border patrolmen unconsciously approved of the Tijuana bandits for culling the migrants in no-man's-land. In fact, he wondered how many ordinary compassionate citizens would tolerate the bandit gangs, who probably scared away a fair number that might otherwise have joined the ragtag migratory battalions of the night.
Tijuana auxiliary policeman (unarmed) in custody. Other uniformed officer (armed) escaped into Mexico. Friday, 0700 hours. Alien robbery. Suspects were two Tijuana police officers. Victim struck in face, threatened with gun, maced in eyes. Thursday, 2230 Hours, alien robbery. Three victims robbed in gully by two male suspects dressed in tan Tijuana police uniforms. Then the robberies began getting steadily more ferocious, the log entries more grim: Wednesday, 0950 hours. Body found 1/2 mile east of Hollister, 200 feet north of border fence.