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            the drugging and raping of a minor female at the home of Jack Nicholson.
            Polanski fled LA and the United States forever.
               All during 1974, with Davis (popularly derided as “Crazy Ed”) chasing
            the glamorous and elusive high-society fugitive, Patty Hearst, around LA,
            the LAPD called in its public relations team with camera and a helicopter
            to cover the LAPD’s furious gun battle and fiery attack on the mixed-race
            Symbionese Liberation Army  which  had kidnaped and  radicalized their
            white “sex slave,” San Francisco heiress Patty Hearst, who, after prison and
            pardon, went on to camp stardom in John Waters’ films, Cry-Baby and
            Serial Mom.
               The brutal LAPD attack on the SLA terrorists on May 17, 1974, fore-
            casted exactly the way Davis alerted the media and brought in the guns and
            troops, and two buses to haul his quota of queers, and to get TV cameras
            rolling for his staged media attack on the Drummer Slave Auction, April 10,
            1976. Davis had stalked the easy prey of the three-person Drummer staff for
            months harassing them with gumshoe detectives tailing cars, home phone
            taps, and surprise visits to the tiny office. Like a Hollywood mogul manu-
            facturing publicity, he planned the arrest of the Drummer leather queers. He
            could not arrest them for simply being gay. So he doubled down and dug
            deep, like the fundamentalist he was, to resurrect the ancient charge of prac-
            ticing “slavery” which had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment
            to the United States Constitution in 1865. Davis set up the raid as a photo
            opportunity to prove during that decade of great social change, and drugs
            and gangs and politics, that he was a true blue cop fighting vice in the good
            old City of Angels. The Orange County Register headline crowed: “Police Free
            Gay Slaves.” Davis, who went on to be elected a California State Senator,
            had the nerve to say that he had used extreme force because he and his men
            were being bullied by queers, declaring that for years the LAPD had been
            “cowed by being too lenient with the most powerful lobby in the city, the
            homosexual community.”
               The  institutional  homophobia  of  the  LAPD was traditional, voter-
            approved, and sick. The long-term psychological effects on LA gay peo-
            ple being debased and brutalized in a second-class life of entrapment and
            harassment, and on leathermen being abused down to a third-class lifestyle,
            are revealed  in John Embry’s brazen reaction to gay persecution in which
            he purposed Drummer as a very risky political assault weapon against the
               Was the often violent and always intimidating Police Chief Ed Davis,
            who was no stranger to the choke hold, the ideal “Bully Top” of Embry’s
            personal BDSM dreams? Counter-phobic behavior is a precise “survival

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