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District attorney considers instituting 'safety zones' in fight against Chattanooga's gang violence (Chattanooga, TN): Hamilton County officials soon may use a legal process to ban gang members from gathering, loitering and taking part in prohibited activities within particular neighborhoods. Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he is considering using orders from judges to try to clamp down on gang activity.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: July 7, 2016

Legal Challenges Filed Against “Injunctions and Safety Zones” to Control Gang Activity (Hamilton County, TN): On Wednesday we told you about “gang injunctions”–a new tactic to target troublemakers and create “safety zones” in some neighborhoods. It’s a system already being used by numerous large cities, who are meeting, and generally defeating legal challenges.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: July 7, 2016

Two killed, three shot in two separate incidents police call 'gang-related' (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga Police say that 5 people were shot over the course of Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Two of the shooting victims died from their injuries.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: July 5, 2016

City approves $230 million operations budget (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga's city council has unanimously approved a $230 million operations budget for 2017. Berke hopes to buy new tools to combat the rising tide of gang violence, which the city has failed to curb despite Berke's high-profile Violence Reduction Initiative.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: June 28, 2016

Knoxville gang member convicted of attempted murder in 2013 shooting (Knoxville, TN): A man the Knox County District Attorney General’s office says is a member of the Bloods street gang was convicted Friday of several charges including attempted first degree murder.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: June 24, 2016

DA: Club Dejavu to be permanently closed (Knoxville, TN): The owners of an oft-troubled South Knoxville nightclub have agreed to sign a permanent injunction that will close the business, according to the Knox County District Attorney's Office.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 22, 2016

School is out, and gang recruitment is in full force (Memphis, TN): School is out, which means young kids are in the streets with nothing to do. That makes them the perfect target for gangs looking to add new members. "You have youth that have absolutely nothing to do and that's breeding ground for gangs and gang activity,” SCSO Lt. Commander Mike Collins told FOX13.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: June 21, 2016

Summer Night Lights offers positives for Clarksville's at-risk youth (Clarksville, TN): The theme is Bridging the Gap, and the hope is to give kids in lower income neighborhoods something fun to do and a chance to build relationships with Clarksville Police Department officers. “The SNL mission is to provide purposeful, positive and popular activities for at-risk youth,” said TaKeisha Ivery of Clarksville's Parks & Recreation Department. “We want to reduce and prevent criminal activities or gang activity in all communities in the City of Clarksville.”
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle    Date: June 21, 2016

Alton Park community bands together to fight back against violence (Chattanooga, TN): Faced with growing violence in their communities and a police force they say has not met their needs, some Chattanooga residents have launched a homegrown effort to wrest control of the streets from criminals.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: June 20, 2016

Alleged gang member charged with attempted murder in Lonsdale robbery (Knoxville, TN): A 19-year-old Knoxville man on probation for a 2013 gang-related murder now is charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Lonsdale-area robbery and shooting last month, police said.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 20, 2016

TN National Guard soldier latest victim to Chattanooga's gang violence (Chattanooga, TN): A community is in shock after a 20-year-old Tennessee Army National Guard soldier is the latest victim to fall to Chattanooga's gang violence. Police believe the shooting was gang-related but they're still working to determine who was the intended target.
Source: WRCB 3 News    Date: June 14, 2016

Tennessee lawmakers attempt to fix bill intended to deter gang-related criminal conduct (Nashville, TN): Tennessee lawmakers' April rewrite of a criminal gang sentence-enhancement law after the original statute was struck down in court has caught the interest of Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: June 13, 2016

Female Crips gang member convicted after stabbing (Knoxville, TN): A female gang member was convicted Tuesday after a man was stabbed in the back in Knox County. Briasha Marie Williams, 21, was charged with two counts of reckless aggravated assault.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: June 8, 2016

Local gang violence experiencing growth (Knoxville, TN): The gang presence in Knoxville has grown steadily over the past twenty years, with the Aryan Nation currently having the most members. According to the Southern Poverty and Law Center, out of the 30 gangs and roughly 1500 members in Knoxville, a staggering 230 of those belong to the Aryan Nation.
Source: Daily Beacon    Date: June 5, 2016

Knoxville gang member convicted of attempted first-degree murder (Knoxville, TN): A Crips gang member was convicted Friday of charges that include attempted first-degree murder, according to a news release from Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 3, 2016

Prosecutor says change in gang law could cut sentences for some convicts (Jackson, TN): A change in how Tennessee prosecutes gang members could put criminals out on the street sooner. The district attorney’s office said the new statute could potentially affect dozens of cases in West Tennessee.
Source: WBBJ 7 News    Date: June 3, 2016

‘Major person of interest’ in boy’s killing booked into Knox jail (Knox County, TN): A "major person of interest" in the shooting death of a 12-year-old Knoxville boy was booked into a Knox County jail Wednesday morning after his arrest in Chattanooga.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 1, 2016

Flawed gang enhancement law jeopardizes dozens of Knox convictions (Knoxville, TN): The Tennessee attorney general will let stand a ruling striking down the state's gang enhancement law as unconstitutional, a move that will upend dozens of Knox County cases.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 1, 2016

Knoxville police chief addresses violent crimes statistics (Knoxville, TN): The tears of Zaevion Dobson's mother were the first of many cries from other parents, who've lost their children to senseless gang violence. "Gangs exist for one reason and one reason only, and that's for criminal activity," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: June 1, 2016

Judge rules against alleged gang members over constitutionality of safety zones (Shelby County, TN): Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter on Tuesday rejected constitutional arguments against a court order that bars gang members from publicly associating with each other.
Source: The Commercial Appeal    Date: May 31, 2016

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