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Gang suppression (Los Angeles, CA): The Sheriff of Los Angeles County recently claimed success in the county's war on gang violence. In six weeks, deputies on the department's anti-gang Community Problems Assessment and Suppression Teams made 322 felony arrests and 530 misdemeanor arrests, according to the team's monthly administrative report. Deputies also interviewed more than 650 people, many of whom are gang members. A supervisor whose district has reported the highest number of gang-related homicides for the past three years said these interviews are key to keeping the peace in many neighborhoods. "I do think intelligence is the key to a lot of the prevention of problems that result from having events within parks and other areas," she said. "We need to have the ability to identify (gang members)." Teams were deployed in areas served by the East Los Angeles, Lennox, Century, and Compton sheriff's stations.
Source: City News Service Date: January 13, 2004
Denver homicides on a fast clip (Denver, CO): Denver's five homicides this month are more than double the toll for all of January last year, and at least three of the slayings had gang ties, police officials said. There were only two homicides in January of 2003, while there were eight in 2002. Last year by this time, police had logged three gang-related aggravated assaults and one felony menacing. That compares with two aggravated assaults, one drive-by shooting with no injuries, and two felony menacing incidents police believe are gang-related this year, an officer said. The most recent homicides include the death of a 31-year-old former gang member who was shot while sitting in a car near a bar, police say. In the second incident, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into a fight at a party. Earlier in the month, a 20-year-old suspected gang member was gunned down after getting into an argument with two members of a north Denver gang. The two are being held for investigation of first-degree murder in the shooting.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: January 13, 2004
Unified fight on gangs urged (Los Angeles, CA): Following a two-day conference in Los Angeles, federal and local law enforcement officials believe that a national strategy similar to that used against organized crime and in current counterterrorism efforts must be created to fight street gangs. The conference was held to help change long-standing perceptions regarding gangs. Gangs are growing, becoming more sophisticated, and "migrating" into medium- and small-sized cities, officials said. Law enforcement agencies must find a unified approach to combat them. In Los Angeles County, homicides dropped about 20 percent in 2003. Gang activity, however, has not decreased, with 96,000 suspected gang members in the county.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 12, 2004
After-school program aimed at countering gang recruiting (Fairfax, VA): The Fairfax Board of Supervisors chairman has proposed expanding after-school opportunities to counter gang involvement. The proposal would allow children of poor families free enrollment in the county's after-school child care program. Currently, about 10,000 students are enrolled in the school-age child care program, which operates before and after school. Many children whose parents cannot afford the program lack any adult supervision during those hours and are vulnerable to pressure from older teenagers to join gangs. Officials in charge of the program were asked to come up with plans for a privately funded "scholarship" program by June. It is unclear how many scholarships would be available. This initiative would be one of many efforts in Virginia to crack down on gangs. Lawmakers will also be considering several anti-gang bills that would stiffen sentences for gang offenses and expand the list of crimes punishable as gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 12, 2004
Portland killings rise in 2003 (Portland, OR): An end-of-the-year cluster of homicides drove the total up to 28, five more than in 2002. Twelve of them remain unsolved. This number, however, still does not reach the city's peak homicide record of 70 being reported in 1987. The Portland homicides were the only ones reported in Multnomah County. There were eight reported in Washington County, eight reported in Clark County, and five reported in Clackamas County. Despite the change in numbers, the motives in 2003 resembled most other years before. Domestic violence, drug disputes, and gang rivalries were behind most of the homicides. Portland is among several large U.S. cities in which slayings were up slightly after a period of decline. Law enforcement officials in Portland are also tracking increased gang activity, and while the rise is beyond simple explanations, it has been noted that many prominent gang members were released from prison last year.
Source: The Sunday Oregonian Date: January 11, 2004
Prison brawl quickly quelled; 2 inmates hurt (Fremont County, CO): Two dozen inmates began pummeling each other in a melee believed to be sparked by gangs at the Fremont Correctional Facility, according to corrections officials. Two men were injured with non-life-threatening wounds. "It's more than likely gang-related," an official said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: January 11, 2004
Gangs deadlier than terror (Los Angeles, CA): After a two-day summit, police chiefs and FBI agents from across the country are hoping to draft a national strategy to take to Washington, DC, to get more money and resources to fight gang violence. Despite overall drops in crime in Los Angeles, down by 22 percent, more than half of the city's roughly 500 homicides were gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Chicago, New York City, and Denver have also reported similar situations.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 11, 2004
Shooting leaves man wounded (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police are searching for two suspects in what they called a gang-related shooting on the South Side. The shooting occurred when a man and his passenger in a pickup argued with two men in another vehicle. All four are believed to be in their 20s, police said. The driver of the pickup stopped in the road, got out to confront the men, and was shot.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: January 10, 2004
Shootings probed for gang ties (St. Paul, MN): Police in St. Paul and West St. Paul are investigating the connection between two possibly gang-related shooting incidents. The shooting in West St. Paul wounded a 43-year-old woman, but her injuries were not life-threatening. No one was injured in the St. Paul shooting, police said. The shootings are "clearly connected" and appear to be related to a disagreement among members of the Brown for Life and Latin Kings gangs, an officer said. Officials are searching for several suspects.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: January 10, 2004
Man charged in slaying of girl caught in cross fire (Las Vegas, NV): North Las Vegas police charged a 22-year-old man in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out. The girl was walking home and was shot when gunfire was exchanged between people in a car and people on the sidewalk. Police are continuing the investigation to identify other people involved in the incident.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: January 10, 2004
Gang member sentenced in fatal shooting of bystander (Vista, CA): A gang member who was jumped at a Vista gas station and fatally shot a 19-year-old bystander when he retaliated against his attackers was sentenced to more than 101 years in prison. The 25-year-old man received 50 years to life for murder, plus 51 years and four months for attempted murder, using a gun, and acting in association with a street gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 10, 2004
Drive-by shooting remains a mystery (Manteca, CA): A drive-by shooting in which a shotgun was fired into a house door may have been related to Hispanic gang activity, police said. A family was in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured. Police say the son may have been the target. No arrests have been made.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: January 9, 2004
Man is killed (El Cajon, CA): Police arrested two gang members suspected of killing an 18-year-old man and injuring another in a shooting in El Cajon. The two victims noticed a car following them as they were driving. Gunshots were fired as the victims confronted the two suspects, ages 18 and 20. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and gang-related charges shortly after the shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 8, 2004
Cops seek suspect for shooting (New York City, NY): Police are searching for a man suspected of shooting and partially paralyzing another man in a clash between two up-and-coming Asian rappers in Chinatown last year. The 22-year-old suspect shot a 23-year-old man after he defended his friend, who is an upcoming Asian rapper. The suspect, also a rapper, is a reputed member of the Ghost Shadows street gang.
Source: New York Post Date: January 8, 2004
19-year-old killed outside his home (Aurora, IL): A 19-year-old Aurora man was fatally shot by unknown suspects while talking to two other individuals outside his residence, police said. Officials are treating the investigation as a gang-related homicide. No suspects have been identified.
Source: The Sun Date: January 8, 2004
Gangs and drugs behind one in three killings in 2003 (Tucson, AZ): Drugs or gang activity played a role in more than a third of homicides with a known motive in Tucson last year. In most gang killings "the underlying motivation is money and most of that is tied to drugs," said a Tucson police officer. Furthermore, many of the Tucson's area gangs are criminal syndicates believed to be involved in drug and theft crimes. Tucson and unincorporated Pima County had 84 homicides in 2003. A motive has been determined in 67 of those cases and in 24, detectives attribute the killings to gang or drug activity.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: January 7, 2004
California gangs moving into Chicago area pose an elusive, dangerous challenge (Chicago, IL): Chicago police are facing the possibility of California street gangs coming into the city. Four gangs including 18th Street, Surenos 13's, Nortenos 14's, and Mara Salvatrucha can now be found in nearly two dozen Chicago-area communities, large and small. In the past two years, California gang members have been fingered in shootings or stabbings in Elgin, Joliet, West Chicago, Addison, Franklin Park, and Bensenville. Researchers are concerned with the gangs making it into Chicago and its significance, while police officers differ on the significance of their presence. "Our sense is that they're not making serious efforts to enter into Chicago," a police spokesman said. "Our gang intelligence unit and deployment operations center keeps an eye on them, as they do all gangs." Furthermore, some police officials doubt the California gangs can challenge Chicago gangs for supremacy.
Source: Daily Southtown Date: January 7, 2004
New ban seeks to stop gangs (Long Beach, CA): City officials in Long Beach made it illegal for known gang members to loiter in public places in order to intimidate, conceal criminal activity, or stake territory as their own. The new law, expected to take effect as early as February, gives Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies with gang expertise the authority to arrest gang members at any time in any public area, including parks and sidewalks. Increased graffiti tagging and attempts by gang members to take over some of the city parks as their territories prompted deputies to consider immediate solutions to combat the problems, authorities said. Deputies determine gang affiliation by such characteristics as tattoos, graffiti, and family associations. Furthermore, deputies can arrest gang members' accomplices and parents if they knowingly allow their children to loiter with gang members. Gang loitering is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by jail time and/or a maximum $500 fine, a city official said.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: January 7, 2004
Two teens die in gang-related shooting (San Jose, CA): Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two 17-year-olds after two groups of teenagers began fighting at a local restaurant. A 16-year-old boy was also shot and injured. "There's no doubt it's gang-related," a San Jose officer said. "We believe the victims are gang members or associates, and that's why they were targeted. We believe everyone involved is a member or associate of Hispanic gangs that operate in the area of East San Jose."
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 5, 2004
Banishment being revived at some tribes (Minneapolis, MN): Banishment, long regarded as the ultimate punishment among American Indians, is making a comeback among tribes trying to find more effective ways to deal with gangs and drugs. The modern version means ordering troublemakers off the reservation but can also include stripping them of their tribal membership. Minnesota's Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe is one of the latest to revive the practice. The band approved a banishment law last fall and used it against three young people convicted in a series of assaults. Indian leaders feared the violence could lead to the formation of gangs. At least seven of Minnesota's 11 Indian bands have either passed or used banishment-type laws within the past decade. One reason tribes are turning to banishment is because federal law does not allow tribal courts to impose sentences of more than a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: January 4, 2004
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