Long Beach Police Department Officer Daryle Wayne Black was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed. The suspect was arrested two days later after being identified through an investigation. The killer was found guilty and sentenced to death during his second trial. Officer Black had been employed with the Long Beach Police Department for six years, and had been in law enforcement for ten years. EOW 4/30/2000.
The demographics of the city are extremely diverse economically, racially and in sexual orientation, in fact, a 2000 USA Today report named Long beach the most diverse large city in the world. Gay.net - Long Beach Gay Pride - May 18-20, 2012
The site of the Mural project is to be the Long Beach Police Station West Patrol Division Building. The mural theme is the police and the community and it will be very visible from the front door of the station as people enter and exit the building. City of Long Beach, CA - West Division