The San Diego Police Department revealed to the FBI its entrapment program to target gay cruising in Balboa Park according to a 1959 report:
On March 25, 1959, Sergeant [redacted] in charge of San Diego Police Department Sex Crime Detail, advised that during the past year, in an effort to combat the increased homosexual offenses in San Diego, a new program has been utilized. Records reflected that the most aggravated spot for sex perverts was Balboa Park.
Apparently the entrapment program centered around "a young patrol officer in plain clothes" who was "selected for his appearance and cordiality," and the report further provides:
He is instructed to maintain a friendly attitude and to greet everyone he meets while strolling through the park with a nod and a smile. When a suspect (male) exhibits a friendly attitude toward the officer, the officer strolls toward a secluded area in the park. If the suspect follows, the officer leads him into a conversation concerning the trees, the weather, etc. If the suspect indicates an apparent interest in the officer the officer quotes some given phrase, such as "What do you like?" It has been found that the suspect, if a homosexual, generally interprets this phrase as a "come on" as to the type of sex deviation he is interested in. The suspect is then arrested if he makes an overt act toward or on the officer.
The most disturbing revelation in this report is that the San Diego Police Department was suborning perjury by instructing its undercover officer to lie under oath by testifying at trial he was not using the phrase "what do you like" as a "come on" to target the homosexual: "If the officer testifies in court, for instance, if the suspect pleads not guilty, the officer testifies that in using the phrase 'what do you like?' he was referring to a sport, such as tennis, golf, lawn bowling, etc."
The entrapment program was launched in February 1958, and was considered a resounding success by San Diego's sex police: "Sergeant [redacted] and other officers have advised that this operation has considerably reduced the number of sex pervert complaints received by the department, and thereby identified a number of these individuals who might perpetrate more serious crimes if the opportunity were available." These criminally-inclined homosexuals were identified as follows:
Since the inception of this procedure approximately 100 arrests have been made. The suspect is generally charged with vagrancy – lewd and dissolute, indecent exposure and/or loitering. All classes of persons have been arrested, including school teachers, ministers, beauty operators, aircraft employees, sales clerks, the credit manager of a large store, a rancher, laborers, a police sergeant, El Cajon Police Department, and recently a U.S. Internal Revenue Agent. The Police Sergeant and Internal Revenue Agent were referred to their respective supervisor officers. In the case of the Police Sergeant, he was permitted to resign.
Law enforcement certainly had its hands full in the 1950s in keeping the country safe from homos. No doubt they were commies, too!
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