This afternoon, your host, along with thousands of others ran right into it. The Pasadena police, sheriffs, the FBI anti-gang unit, associated SWAT teams, and the Pasadena air force — a chopper, were used to block off and patrol a large part of the center of the city on both sides of the 210 highway, from Wilson to Hill Streets, west and east, north to Orange Grove and over the freeway to the south side service road.
Which may not have encompassed all of it.
At “rush hour,” which goes from just before three to past dark, the traffic blockade and police perimeter paralyzed traffic in town.
The operation, which apparently started as an anti-gang sweep, escalated when a car with two suspects collided with a police vehicle.
The suspects fled on foot, engaging in a gun battle.
No one was hit but they remain at large, according to this story.
“The Pasadena Police Department BearCat armored vehicle was deployed as were K-9 units from both the Pasadena and Alhambra police department. Officers from Pasadena walked the area searching for the gunman with assault rifles,” reads the piece.
BearCats went into service in urban police forces during the war on terror. Department of Homeland Security grants are often used to pay for them.
Right now I’m having a Rolling Rock. Rolling Rock was a Pennsy beer when I came of age. These days it’s just one of the anonymous lager swills owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Nice green cans and bottles, though. Clearly, I have low standards.