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.

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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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