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Chicago’s Gang Database Can Have ‘Devastating’ Consequences, But There’s No Way To Be Removed From It. (Chicago, IL): Chicago may be moving toward a settlement in a class action lawsuit challenging its gang database. The suit was filed against the city, its police officers, and former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on behalf of all current and future people in the database, four named plaintiffs who are in the database, and several community groups.
Source: The Appeal    Date: December 18, 2019
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Five residents file lawsuit alleging LAPD falsely labeled them as gang members (Los Angeles, CA): Five residents allege in a lawsuit filed Sunday that Los Angeles police officers labeled them gang members without evidence as part of a broader pattern of corruption that has caused irreparable harm to them and many others.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 3, 2020

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LA's Homeboy Industries honored for humanitarian work to help alleviate human suffering (Los Angeles, CA): Homeboy Industries has won the 2020 Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The honor, which comes with a $2.5 million prize, is given to nonprofits for that have made "extraordinary contributions" toward alleviating human suffering. Homeboy Industries is dedicated to helping former inmates and gang members turn their lives around.
Source: KABC 7 News    Date: August 3, 2020

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New LAPD Deputy Chief Will Expand Community Policing Program (Los Angeles, CA): Whether it’s a gang intervention or trouble putting food on the table, neighbors in Imperial Courts know they can turn to Sista Soulja for help. The former gang member-turned community organizer is known as the mayor of the 500-unit housing project in Watts.
Source: Spectrum News 1    Date: August 3, 2020

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Gang rivalry between Kilby Street and Eastside fuels series of shootings, killings in Worcester as violence rises (Worcester, MA): As the number of shootings continue to rise in Worcester this summer, investigators are finding a common thread: gang violence. The storyline of gang rivalries being at the nexus of shootings and killings in Worcester isn’t new, but the spate of violence that has struck the city recently is reaching concerning levels.
Source: The Republican    Date: August 3, 2020

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Chicago organization works to reduce gun, gang violence through therapy, job training (Chicago, IL): Chicago resident William Brown loves basketball. “I've always been Michael Jordan crazy," Brown said. "You know that’s like every Black kid’s dream growing up, wanting to be a basketball player, until you realize your dreams ain’t gonna work but. Ya know, that’s always been one of my favorite things to do.” He realized that dream would never be a reality when he was a teenager.
Source: Denver7    Date: August 3, 2020

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Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges (Chicago, IL): July in Chicago ended as it began: Mourning the death of a child whose only mistake was venturing outside to play when someone armed with a gun came to the neighborhood hunting for an enemy. On Monday, two days after his department released statistics that revealed the month had been one of the deadliest in the history of the city, Police Superintendent David Brown repeated what has become a grim ritual of recounting the death of a child.
Source: ABC News    Date: August 3, 2020

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Austin's homicide rate increase during pandemic is highest in the nation, WSJ reports (Austin, TX): Analysis conducted by the Wall Street Journal found that homicides have spiked in 36 of the nation's 50 largest cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to WSJ's data, Austin leads the country in percentage increase of total homicides compared to the previous year, ahead of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Source: KABB FOX 29 News     Date: August 3, 2020

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Felon tied to courthouse gang brawl gets two years in unrelated gun case (Staten Island, NY): A West Brighton felon, whose brawl outside the Staten Island Courthouse two years ago helped set in motion a deadly chain of events, has been sentenced to two years behind bars for firing a gun on a Port Richmond street in an unrelated incident.
Source: Staten Island Advance    Date: August 3, 2020

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Francisco Garcia was unintended target of gang-related shooting in Lompoc (Lompoc, CA): A Lompoc man who was killed last week was the unintended target of a gang-related shooting on West Chestnut Avenue, according to a police spokesman.
Source: Lompoc Record    Date: August 3, 2020

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Ninth Circuit Rules for California in Dispute Over Solitary-Confinement Settlement (California): California is not violating a settlement agreement with suspected gang members formerly housed in solitary confinement by keeping them confined to their general population cells for up to 23 hours a day, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.
Source: Courthouse News Service    Date: August 3, 2020

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Two Men Sentenced for Involvement in New Haven-Based Drug Ring (New Haven, CT): John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two men involved in a New Haven-based drug trafficking organization were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny. This matter stems from an investigation headed by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force and New Haven Police Department that targeted drug trafficking and related acts of violence by members, former members and associates of the “Island Brothers” street gang in New Haven.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: August 3, 2020

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With Danville's Project Imagine, 19-year-old leaves gang life (Danville, VA): Nineteen-year-old Chaquon Wilson was involved in gang activity beginning at 13, getting into trouble at school and ending up charged at 16 after he and a group of others jumped someone.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: August 2, 2020

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Police: 3 injured in NW Fresno shooting, appears to be gang-related (Fresno, CA): Three people were injured Saturday night in a northwest Fresno shooting that appeared to be gang-related, according to Fresno Police.
Source:    Date: August 2, 2020

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Crips involved in escalating Worcester gang feud (Worcester, MA): A dangerous national gang is playing a role in the increasing number of shootings that are terrorizing residents in recent weeks, police allege in court documents. Members of the Crips, a “national violent street gang,” have aligned themselves with members of the city’s Eastside gangs, police allege in a recent search warrant, and are “going after” members of the city’s Kilby/Main South gangs.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: August 1, 2020

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Recently Released Pomona Gang Member Arrested Again on Gun Charges (Pomona, CA): A known Pomona gang member who was recently released from jail as part of the early release program was jailed Saturday morning in lieu of $50,000 bail on a variety of gun and drug charges following a traffic stop in Pomona.
Source:    Date: August 1, 2020

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At-risk youth learn new life skills through healing and emotional literacy (San Diego, CA): Reginald Washington realized he had a lot to learn — from how to process his emotions, to how to think things through, and about how to turn his life around. After 20 years of being involved in gang activity, he found himself serving a life sentence plus 15 years in prison because of his involvement in a gang shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: August 1, 2020

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Feuds involving Orlando rapper 9lokkNine linked to 2 recent shootings, cops say (Orlando, FL): Feuds between the Orlando rapper 9lokkNine and local rivals have been linked to a pair of July shootings, one of which police say the rapper participated in personally and another in which a known associate was fatally wounded by members of a rival gang, court records say.
Source: Orlando Sentinel    Date: July 31, 2020

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Goldsboro Gang Member Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking (Raleigh, NC): A Goldsboro man was sentenced today to 204 months in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of methamphetamine and distributing five (5) grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: July 31, 2020

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Three men face prosecution for gang-related shooting incident in Longview (Longview, TX): Three men face prosecution after Longview police say they were involved in a gang-related incident in which shots were fired but no one was reported hurt, according to court documents.
Source: Longview News-Journal    Date: July 31, 2020

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An Outdated Understanding of Chicago Gangs Could Be Hampering Gun Violence Prevention (Chicago, IL): On July 22, 15 people were shot outside of a Chicago funeral home. At a press conference about the incident, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the shooting was likely gang-related. “Someone gets shot, which prompts someone else to pick up a gun — this cycle repeats itself over, and over, and over again,” said Brown. “This cycle is fueled by street gangs, guns, and drugs.
Source: The Trace    Date: July 31, 2020

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