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Community addresses Knoxville gang problem (Knoxville, TN): On Dec. 17, 2015, high school student Zaevion Dobson died protecting three girls from gunfire. Knoxville Police Department Chief of Police David Rausch later called the shooting gang-related and said Dobson was caught in between violence from rival gangs.
Source: The Daily Beacon    Date: October 28, 2016

Two Chattanooga teenagers arrested for allegedly carjacking elderly man at gunpoint (Chattanooga, TN): Two teenagers suspected of carjacking an elderly man's truck at gunpoint in Knoxville last week were captured in Chattanooga over the weekend, records show. Both suspects are validated gang members. To validate someone as a gang member, officers use a series of factors such as tattoos, articles of clothing, social media and confessions.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 20, 2016

Police: Two separate gang disputes sparked latest Chattanooga shootings (Chattanooga, TN): Everyone ran when the shots rang out except a 17-year-old girl, who fell right where she had been standing. Alone on the pavement, she didn't move. Police cars came screaming in minutes later, a witness said, and the girl was rushed to a Chattanooga hospital, where she remained in critical condition Monday.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 18, 2016

181st Memphis homicide victim identified (Memphis, TN): A man shot in August has since died from his injuries, putting the city at 181 homicides for the year. The death comes just after the city has experienced the deadliest week so far in 2016, according to records.
Source: WBRC FOX6 News    Date: October 17, 2016

Group to continue handling social services side of program to curb gangs (Chattanooga, TN): The Chattanooga City Council has approved a new agreement with nonprofit Father to the Fatherless to continue to handle the social services side of the Violence Reduction Initiative, a gang deterrence program.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 12, 2016

Chattanooga police chief blames violent weekend on gang turmoil, school break (Chattanooga, TN): The jailing of high-ranking Chattanooga gang members is at least partially responsible for a wave of violence that swept through city streets over the weekend, police department Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 11, 2016

City Council OKs new social services agreement for gang deterrence program (Chattanooga, TN): The City Council has approved a new agreement with nonprofit Father to the Fatherless to handle the social services side of the Violence Reduction Initiative, Chattanooga's gang deterrence program.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 11, 2016

Latest murder in Chattanooga places spotlight on women and deadly violence (Chattanooga, TN): The Wednesday night murder of an East Lake mother has placed a spotlight on a growing trend of deadly violence against women.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: October 7, 2016

KPD working to educate Knox Co. teachers to spot gang behavior (Knoxville, TN): Inside Bearden Middle School, teachers are getting the tools to spot dangerous behavior in their students. In an hour-long presentation recently, KPD investigator Jim Quick outlined the dress, graffiti and tattoos parents and teachers need to look out for.
Source: WBIR 10 News    Date: October 6, 2016

City Council asks leaders how to measure success of gang deterrence program (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga may continue its partnership with Father to the Fatherless, which has long provided social services for the Violence Reduction Initiative, the city's gang deterrence program. VRI offers gang members two options: Stop the shooting or face tough consequences.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 5, 2016

Coaches, Cops and Community Event Gathers Public to Talk About Gang Violence (Chattanooga, TN): Community members continue to gather with Chattanooga Police to address gang violence in our city. An organization that aims to open channels of communication held an event this evening on McCallie’s campus.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: October 5, 2016

Witnesses blame gangs for making East Lake a hub of criminal activity (Chattanooga, TN): For nearly five hours in a packed courtroom, witness after witness relayed the same message: East Lake is a hub of criminal activity, thanks to 31 men who belong to violent gangs.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 4, 2016

Defense lawyers speak out against East Lake Safe Zone injunction (Hamilton County, TN): A hearing to make the East Lake area of Chattanooga a safe zone against two area gangs took place Monday afternoon at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: October 4, 2016

Push to help former Chattanooga gang members start a new life (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher wants city leaders to consider a partnership with an organization called Father to the Fatherless. The purpose of the proposed partnership would be to help former gang members start new lives, but that partnership won’t come cheap.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: October 4, 2016

Defense attorneys say district attorney's proposed 'safety zone' violates constitutional rights (Chattanooga, TN): Based on the results of "gang injunctions" in other cities nationwide, some Chattanooga defense attorneys want more time to study a similar proposal here that pits people's personal freedom against increased community security.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: October 3, 2016

Police search for gang members who posted video of crime on Facebook (Gallatin, TN): Gallatin police say it’s one of the easiest cases they’ve ever solved. That’s because the suspects videotaped themselves allegedly buying and selling drugs and then unbelievably, livestreamed that criminal activity on the internet.
Source: WKRN 2 News    Date: September 30, 2016

Court documents: Person of interest in Jajuan Latham case is gang member (Knoxville, TN): Court documents allege a person of interest in the shooting death of a Knoxville 12-year-old has a gang connection. Jajuan Latham was shot while sitting in his dad’s car in a Mechanicsville park earlier this year during what police are calling a gang-related shooting.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: September 28, 2016

Plan for Chattanooga neighborhood 'safety zone' draws criticism (Chattanooga, TN): Thirty-one gang members may soon be prohibited from partaking in a number of activities with other known gang members within a roughly two-mile "safety zone" in Chattanooga. But the American Civil Liberties Union says the idea is reminiscent of a controversial strategy called "broken windows policing."
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: September 27, 2016

Sheriff says Hamilton County jail overcrowding causes more gang violence (Chattanooga, TN): Could the size of the Hamilton County Jail contribute to the city's gang violence? That's a question some county leaders are asking on the heels of a petition filed to declare two groups public nuisances and an entire neighborhood safe from gang violence.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: September 27, 2016

Pinkston files petition against validated gang members in East Lake (Chattanooga, TN): About 45 validated gang members may soon be prohibited from specific activities in a public safety zone that authorities have mapped out in East Lake. At a press conference this morning, Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston announced his plan to enforce a civil injunction on two prominent gangs — the Gangster Disciples and Grape Street Crips — alongside several law enforcement partners.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: September 26, 2016

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