Posted on January 26, 2005

Ceres Police Chief: Officers In Danger From Gang Members (Sacramento), January 25, 2005

Two weeks after two officers were gunned down in the city of Ceres, its police chief says gang intelligence has made it clear his entire force is still in danger. And that threat has officers armed with more high-powered assault rifles.

Ceres police officers have always had assault rifles in their backseat, but now, the high-powered weapons are being carried everywhere for protection.

“The gang members have made it very obvious through their graffiti that they intend to kill more officers,” said police Chief Art De Werk.


Community leader Maggie Mejia told the police chief about a chilling call she got from a self-proclaimed gang member.

“He said, ‘They are not going to stop us. We are not terrorists. We, the gang members, have called a truce. We are not going to be fighting each other. Our targets are the cops,” Mejia said.