In mid-July, LAPD detectives responded to a report of a hate crime downtown. While they investigated, it was easy to get a confession in just a few minutes, if you knew who to ask: “I did it in broad daylight.”
Jaque Fragua, the culprit, had no regrets. He even posted a photo to Instagram, provoking a wave of engagement and follows. (His account has since been deleted by the company for violating the terms of service.)
It was a perfect crime: quick, shocking, and victimless. Fragua, on a dare from a friend, painted over a temporary construction wall at the popular corner of S. Eighth Street and Main with eight-foot-tall red letters: “This Is Indian Land.”
Carrizo Plain National Monument, only a few hours from Los Angeles, offers a rare chance to be alone with nature. Some visitors even say you can “hear the silence.”
The remote monument is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, including several listed as threatened or endangered. The area is traversed by the San Andreas Fault which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet up close, is seen in subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds. Explore this scenic #mypubliclandsroadtrip by road, trail or cross-country.
Photos by BLMer John Kelley and photographer Karl Geurs