Emmanuel Walker Was the Snitch

His journey from Long Beach police informant on cannabis collectives to convicted murderer

When Rosebush followed Walker out of the building, he saw several men he knew to be cops walking toward the store. Walker made a "cut" sign by running his finger along his throat. The officers stopped in their tracks. "I lifted my hands in the air—like, 'I know who you are'—and walked back down the alley."

Rosebush says he didn't think about Walker again until he saw the name in a newspaper article about Brown being murdered by two men. He's plagued by the thought that by blowing Walker's cover shortly before the crime, he perhaps played some role in Walker turning his attention from snitching on pot clubs to committing murder. He asked his ex-employee, Sergio Sandoval, to follow Walker's murder case in the courtroom.

At a pretrial hearing on Jan. 12, Sandoval met Brown's mother, Kathy Windom, and told her that one of the suspects in her son's murder case was working as a police informant, something prosecutors had never bothered to mention. Sandoval says that after he told Windom, they walked into the hallway and she confronted the prosecutor with the news. "He said, 'Yeah, everybody knows, and we're not allowed to talk about it, and at this point, I'm not going to talk about this,'" Sandoval recalls.

The Weekly could not reach Windom by press time, but in a letter she sent to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, she refers to the hearing. "It came to my attention that my son's main assailant . . . was at the time of my son's death in the employ of the Long Beach Police Department and that he was working as a Reliable Confidential Informant," she wrote. "This information was further verified by a city attorney in front of myself and three other witnesses.

"I want to believe the police department and the Long Beach City Court System is on the side of getting my son and I the justice that I am demanding, but I am finding it hard to believe that I will get Steven's life and death the proper respect he deserves if such facts are kept hidden and secret from me and our case," Windom's letter concludes.

Neither the Los Angeles County district attorney's office nor the Long Beach Police Department would comment on Walker's status as an informant, and whether prosecutors were considering a plea bargain with him before Windom became aware of his status remains unclear. Meanwhile, the city of Long Beach continues to raid cannabis clubs that didn't win the lottery and is now also arresting patients who are captured at the clubs. The city is currently being sued by several of the collectives Walker helped to raid.

After a brief trial that received no headlines in the local press, both Walker and Dizadre were convicted of second-degree murder. Each man faces 15 years to life in prison at a May 4 sentencing hearing.

 

This article appeared in print as "The Snitch: Emmanuel Walker's journey from Long Beach police informant on cannabis collectives to convicted murderer."

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ShamilleFelix49
ShamilleFelix49

Tht is crazy i tell u tha drug game isn't no joke n it's a very bad situation to where someone kill another human for wht ever tha reasons may have been for this guy helped tha police than turned around killed someone he should be put to death

R. Mutt
R. Mutt

Dumb m0nkey c00n snitch bastard will GET IT in the State Pen. I will spread this story around to all the inmates in California. Emmanual Lewis, . . er Walker. Emmanuel Walker. N1gger. Sn1tch. DEAD

LB Honey
LB Honey

There was so much more to Steven's murder that the LBPD overlooked, despite being provided with information from multiple sources. Now it seems they were more concerned with protecting the informant.

Adamsessler
Adamsessler

Protecting the informant??? Did you read the story??? The informant that the LBPD was trying to protect was CONVICTED of murder and is looking at 15 years to life in prison.

LB Honey
LB Honey

Obviously I read the article, did YOU read my comment? They dropped the robbery and kidnapping charges that would have led to death penalty so that he has a chance of getting out at some point.

 
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