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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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District homicides up more than 40 percent over past year (Washington, DC): Homicides in the District have increased fourfold over the past year. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 9, there have been 152 reported homicides in D.C., up 42 percent from the 107 homicides that occurred during the same time period last year, according to Metropolitan Police Department data. Experts in criminology and crime trends said the District is one of the only cities that has seen an increase in homicides this year, likely indicating an uptick in “localized” issues like gang violence.
Source: The GW Hatchet    Date: December 10, 2018

Examining the influence of MS-13 in America (Washington, DC): Politicians discussed immigration policy leading up to the 2018 midterm election, but one international criminal gang was mentioned consistently, MS-13.
Source: WJAC 6 News    Date: November 26, 2018

Maryland gang member pleads guilty to racketeering for MS-13 (Washington, DC): Federal prosecutors say a Maryland gang member has pleaded guilty to racketeering to help a violent street gang. The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday 22-year-old Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.
Source: Midland Reporter-Telegram    Date: November 9, 2018

DEA releases 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment (Washington, DC): DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced results of the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs.
Source: United States 
Drug Enforcement Administration    Date: November 2, 2018

Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US (Washington, DC): Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new task force aimed at zeroing in on the three of the world's most notorious drug cartels and the brutal MS-13 street gang, already considered a top priority for federal law enforcement.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Date: October 15, 2018

District man charged in second fatal shooting that police say was gang-related (Washington, DC): A District man has been charged in a second homicide that police say was connected to neighborhood gang disputes.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 11, 2018

Judge calls allegations that D.C. police employee passed on information to gang members ‘chilling’ (Washington, DC): A D.C. Superior Court judge Friday said he found “substantial probability” that a former civilian D.C. police employee accessed internal police records and tipped off gang members about witnesses and the status of investigations into violent crimes including murder.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 5, 2018

Former MPD civilian employee charged with conspiracy to commit murder (Washington DC): A former Metropolitan Police Department civilian employee was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in relation to drive-by shooting that left two people dead in May 2018.
Source: WUSA 9 News    Date: September 28, 2018

Nike slammed for selling headgear that critics say promotes gang culture : Critics are slamming Nike for selling a head covering they say exploits gang culture for the sake of sales. In a picture posted widely on Twitter and other social media, a black male model sporting tattoos wears a balaclava which covers most of his face and neck and has two dangling straps that some said resembled gun holsters.
Source: USA Today    Date: August 21, 2018

Danville teen sentenced in gang-related shooting incident (Washington, DC): A grand jury handed up an indictment for two men in last years’s murder of 17-year-old Jamahri Sydnor, the daughter of a D.C. police officer.
Source: WTOP News    Date: July 25, 2018

2 men indicted in gang-related murder of 17-year-old college-bound girl (Washington, DC): A grand jury handed up an indictment for two men in last years’s murder of 17-year-old Jamahri Sydnor, the daughter of a D.C. police officer.
Source: WTOP News    Date: July 25, 2018

ICE operation targeting public safety threats nets 132 arrests in DC, VA (Washington, DC): On Friday, officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington Field Office concluded Eagle’s Shield, an enforcement operation targeting notable threats to public safety throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. that resulted in the arrests of 132 individuals on criminal and civil violations.
Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement     Date: July 24, 2018

FBI documents detail gang investigation into Juggalos, fans of Insane Clown Posse group (Washington, DC): The FBI on Wednesday released a trove of records compiled by investigators prior to placing Juggalos, die-hard fans of the Insane Clown Posse rap group, on its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: July 12, 2018

Is gang activity on the rise? A movement to abolish gang databases makes it hard to tell (Washington, DC): President Donald Trump has frequently spoken about dangerous gang members from MS-13 “infesting” the United States. It’s important to be able to confirm or debunk those statements. But a movement among criminal justice reformers may make that more difficult.
Source: The Conversation    Date: July 5, 2018

2 teen brothers arrested for fatal gang-related stabbing in Silver Spring (Washington, DC): Police arrested two teenage brothers who they say played a role in the fatal gang-related stabbing of a 19-year-old in Silver Spring, Maryland, whose body was found last month.
Source: WTOP News    Date: June 27, 2018

Trump signs bill giving cities, states $50M to combat gang activity (Washington, DC): Local and state governments and law enforcement agencies will see a boost in funding to fight gang activity after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill creating a $50 million grant program.
Source: WJAC 6 News    Date: June 19, 2018

MS-13 gang member gets 43 years in prison for 2016 fatal stabbing in Va. (Washignton, DC): A member of the MS-13 gang was sentenced to 43 years in prison Monday in a 2016 fatal stabbing that left a second victim seriously wounded. Jordy Jose Bonilla, 18, had pleaded guilty in Loudoun County Circuit Court back in December.
Source: WTOP News    Date: June 14, 2018

Comstock’s anti-gang bill heads to president’s desk (Washington, DC): The U.S. House of Representatives on June 6 approved U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-VA) legislation to help combat gangs, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018, which now advances to the president’s desk for his signature officially making the bill a federal law.
Source: The Ripon Advance    Date: June 8, 2018

House passes bill authorizing $50M in grants to fight MS-13 (Washington, DC): The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night that would give out federal grants to fight local violent crime and gang activity, including activity by the gang MS-13.
Source: The Washington Examiner    Date: June 6, 2018

Incarceration Prolongs Gang Careers, Researchers Say (Washington, DC): "Blood In, Blood Out." So goes a common saying about the inescapability of gang life, a reference to a 1993 movie that chronicled the bloody lives of three gangsters in East Los Angeles.
Source: Voice of America    Date: June 1, 2018

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