Gang-Related News Articles
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Cops nab 'Beat-Down Posse' (Minneapolis, MN): They called themselves the "Beat-Down Posse," according to cops who were after them for years. Authorities say they were a ruthless and brutal north Minneapolis gang that robbed drug dealers, sold guns and drugs and viciously beat members who got out of line or criminal associates who owed them money.
Source: Star Tribune Date: February 24, 2011
Robert Meza, gang member who refused to testify, could get 10 years for code of silence (Chicago, IL) : A suburban murder trial came to a screeching halt last summer, when prosecutors hit a wall due to the "code of silence." Prosecutors were arguing that Antonio Aguilar Jr. and Robert Meza shot into a window in Addison, Ill., hoping to hit a member of a rival gang.
Source: The Huffington Post Date: February 24, 2011
Borough apologizes for gang report; chief calls officials' comments 'premature' (Hightstown, NJ): Mayor Steve Kirson and the Borough Council this week denounced the Police Department's response to a state police survey on gang activity, calling it "data which appears to be without substance" in a written apology to the borough and its neighbors.
Source: Windsor-Hights Herald Date: February 24, 2011
Gangs in Augusta (Augusta, GA): According to a new federal report, gangs and violence are growing each year. U.S. gangs brag about 1 million members and are responsible for up to 80 percent of crimes across the country. Law enforcement crackdowns have helped, but gangs and violence remain resistant.
Source: WJBF NewsChannel 6 Date: February 24, 2011
Oakland gang injunction opponents fight two battles (San Francisco, CA): The battle over a gang crackdown in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood is being fought on two fronts - in court and at City Hall.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: February 23, 2011
Gang activity takes root in Silver Springs (Silver Springs, NV): Residents were surprised to learn from Lyon County Sheriff's Office acting Lieutenant Jerry Patterson that there is a legitimate gang called the Satan Soldiers that has taken root in the community and has up to 20 associates.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal Date: February 23, 2011
Residents’ group planning anti-gang conference (Winnipeg, MB): A province-wide summit on gang awareness and prevention is the latest safety initiative to be developed by the Old St. Boniface Residents’ Association. Member Marion Willis said gang activity in the area was identified as a priority by the public during a safety audit performed by the association last year.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press Date: February 23, 2011
Ventura Police Department disbands gang unit (Ventura, CA): The Ventura Police Department chief has disbanded the department's gang unit to deal with a shortage of patrol officers, due in part to budget cuts.
Source: KABC 7 News Date: February 23, 2011
Salinas' CASP: More anti-violence solution ideas sought (Salinas, CA): Salinas officials want more community input in reducing youth violence during a brainstorming session today — about a month before they're to present a draft of a long-term plan to address the problem at a White House-sponsored forum in Washington, D.C.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: February 23, 2011
Dallas police say NorthPark gang rumor is false (Dallas, TX): Dallas police and NorthPark Center officials are debunking a widely circulated e-mail that claims they are responding to a rapid increase in gang activity at NorthPark Center in recent weeks.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: February 23, 2011
D.C. police create MVP list to fight gang violence (Washington, DC) : The District police department has created an MVP list -- for Most Violent People -- and it has focused its attention on 39 members of two warring gangs in Ward 4 who are considered most likely "to be shot or shoot."
Source: The Washington Examiner Date: February 23, 2011
Gang busted in 'Justice In Paradise' (Phoenix, AZ) : A group of kids who just liked to hang out turned into a violent street gang, police said. Twenty-four people were arrested in operation Justice in Paradise. Investigators in a joint-task force spent nine months looking into the group before they busted up the group.
Source: KPHO 5 News Date: February 23, 2011
Big drug sweep in Chicago (Chicago, IL): Chicago northwest side arrests were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).
Source: Examiner Date: February 23, 2011
Gang squad cop notes poor cooperation among police (Vancouver, BC): The city saw a decrease in the number of gang-related homicides and shots fired in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to Vancouver Police Department statistics. But the collaboration between VPD officers investigating gang violence and other police departments tackling gang crime isn't working as smoothly as it could be.
Source: The Vancouver Courier Date: February 23, 2011
Abbotsford Police unveil transformed Hummer for anti-gang messaging (Abbotsford, BC): The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) is taking its anti-gang messaging on the road – literally. The APD unveiled its newest project today in its battle to turn young people away from the gang lifestyle. Operation Reclamation involved transforming a sand-coloured 2004 Hummer H2 into a vehicle sporting the APD's black-and-white theme, police lights, and a "skin" of graphics and messages.
Source: Abbotsford News Date: February 23, 2011
Novato takes action against gang graffiti (Novato, CA): Troubled by what they see as an increase in graffiti — particularly spray-painted symbols related to gang activity — Novato residents and public officials are seeking solutions to the problem.
Source: Marin Independent Journal Date: February 22, 2011
Taggers’ handiwork leaves ugly scars (Loveland, CO): Police Chief Luke Hecker agrees. "There’s a correlation of graffiti and gang activity," Hecker said. "It connects back to the broken windows concept. If you don’t take care of those quickly, they compound."
Source: Loveland Reporter-Herald Date: February 22, 2011
Latin Kings and MS-13: Detectives talk about Franconia's gang problem (Franconia, VA): Fairfax County Police Department Gang Unit detectives speaking to Franconia's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting last week brought bad news and good news. The bad: The Franconia area is threatened by Salvadoran gang MS-13, a group so notorious one detective called it a terrorist threat. The good: Gang activity in area high schools is at a new low.
Source: AnnandalePatch Date: February 22, 2011
Uptown's gang violence causes concern (Chicago, IL): Drawn to Chicago's Uptown community by its rich diversity, Mary Dombrowski lives with her husband and preteen daughter in a spacious condo just off Wilson Avenue, a popular thoroughfare frequented by young professionals, dog walkers and mothers pushing babies in strollers.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: February 22, 2011
Sacramento County jail sweep reveals growing gang activity (Elk Grove, CA): Some information gathered during an unprecedented jail sweep by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies indicate an increase in gang activity in local jails.
Source: KXTV News 10 Date: February 22, 2011
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