Donald Rumsfeld had nothing to do with the sting, of course. But you don't pass up the chance to show the former Secretary of Defense in a velvet hat.
According to police, Roosevelt "City Red" Johnson Jr. is a pimp. How do they know? Because he tried to turn one of their officers.
In July, police set up a sting operation after getting complaints of pimps trying to pick up teen girls in downtown's Westlake Center. According to court documents unearthed by Levi Pulkkinen at the P-I, Johnson and Dwight Payton were undeterred when one of the cops told them she was underage. Instead, they bragged about their pimping ability and advised her on the proper way to turn a trick.
Johnson went on to offer that he'd previously pimped in Las Vegas, and to instruct the officers on how to sell sex.
"You walk up and down the track until you find a square like this guy," Johnson told one of the officers, pointing to an elderly man leaving a restroom at the Macy's department store. "Then you give him pleasure and collect the cash. You bring then cash back to me and I give you whatever you need."
Asked by the officer whether she would keep any of the money, Johnson was chagrined.
"That ain't how it works," he said, according to court documents. "You gotta bring it all back to me."
Both men were convicted of pimping offenses on Wednesday. Johnson may be facing further charges if a judge decides he was operating under the umbrella of the West Side Street Mobb, a gang with possible links to child prostitution.