Denver jury finds anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts not guilty

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By Jesse Paul and Noelle Phillips | The Denver Post Posted: 10/09/2015 10:02:12 AM MDT | Updated: 51 min. ago Roberts was accused in the shooting of Hasan Jones before 2013 peace rally Denver activist Terrance Roberts, known for abandoning his life with the Bloods street gang and focusing his efforts on peace, was acquitted […]

Terrance Roberts’ attempted first-degree murder case goes to jury

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By Noelle Phillips | The Denver Post Posted: 10/07/2015 04:00:05 PM | Updated:about 9 hours ago Anti-gang activist claims self-defense, prosecution says he still led gang life For the jury deciding the fate of anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts, the decision may rest with a pocket knife. When Roberts shot Hasan Jones before the start of […]

Officers who killed man feared ambush after seeing rap video

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Kate Mather | LA Times October 07, 2015 For days, a 15-second video circulated on social media that alarmed Los Angeles police. Taken from a vehicle parked behind a black-and-white police cruiser in downtown L.A., the clip opened with a view of the patrol car then flashed down to show someone holding a revolver. The […]

How Christopher Young’s 14-Year Plea Deal for Drug Crimes Turned Into Life in Prison

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By Taylor Dolven and Daniela Porat | October 4, 2015 | 6:05 am Christopher Young always practiced his speech in the shower. He would speak quickly, far more quickly than in casual conversation, but not because he was nervous. He would do it because he had to — other inmates were waiting for the […]

Three victims’ stories from a bloody month in Los Angeles

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By Nicole Santa Cruz | Homicide Report | LA Times Oct. 3, 2015 It was one of the deadliest months in years in Los Angeles. The 39 reported homicides in August were spread across this sprawling city; all but two of the victims were male; all but eight were shot to death. Desirae Jenkins, 28 […]

On the anniversary of one son’s killing, a mother loses another son

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By Jerome Campbell Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 3:41 p.m. Kenya Gatling knew teenagers kept secrets from their parents. But deep down, she felt her son was different. At 18, Marshawn Jackson still greeted Gatling with kisses on both cheeks. The two talked about his love life and fears. And since his brother, Deshawn Dixon, was […]

Slaying reveals clashing views of Hawaiian Gardens’ sweeping gang injunction


Ruben Vives and Cindy Chang | LA Times October 1, 2015 Johnny Ray Anderson was fixing a bicycle in the driveway of an abandoned house in Hawaiian Gardens when he saw a sheriff’s patrol car stop in the street. He immediately fled, hopping a wall into a neighboring backyard. As Anderson approached a side gate, […]

Rising bloodshed in L.A. feels like ‘Dodge City,’ LAPD chief says

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By Kate Mather and Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times September 30, 2015 The violence that erupted this weekend across Los Angeles had a familiar pattern. A 30-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday morning at a Jack In The Box in South L.A.. Six hours later, a man sitting on a milk crate at a […]

Woman injured after car riddled with bullets in Hyde Park

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By John Gregory and staff September 30, 2015 | Updated 2 hrs 4 mins ago HYDE PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A woman was shot multiple times after her car was riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes in Hyde Park early Wednesday morning. The shooting took place near the intersection of 11th […]

LAPD arrests 8 Pacoima gang members, seizes 20 firearms

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By City News Service | Los Angeles Daily News Posted: 09/25/15, 2:27 PM PDT | Updated: 2 days ago PACOIMA >> A months-long investigation into a Pacoima-based street gang led to eight arrests and the seizure of more than 20 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Los Angeles police said Friday. On Thursday, authorities […]

Ex-gang member has murder rap tossed, released from jail

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By Lia Eustachewich | New York POst August 5, 2015 | 2:00am The murder conviction of a 25-year-old Brooklyn man who spent nearly eight years in prison was tossed out Tuesday because prosecutors under former DA Charles Hynes bungled parts of his case. Joel Fowler, a Crips gang member at the time, was found guilty […]

#100days100nights fuels fear in South L.A.


Sandy Banks | Los Angeles Times July 31, 2015 The #100days100nights campaign may be fake, but the fear in parts of South Los Angeles is very real. “I’ve been in prison, and I’ve never been as nervous as I am right now,” a middle-aged man in a baseball cap admitted to the crowd gathered for […]