A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

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Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times | Homicide Report Posted March 27, 2015, 5 a.m. Ricardo Nunez was trimming a tree outside his Echo Park home on a Sunday morning last month when a white truck pulled up and a person inside opened fire, killing the 35-year-old father. Ray Martinez, the LAPD detective investigating the […]

Father of LAPD murder suspect charged in federal complaint


Streetgangs.com March 26, 2015 | 5:31 p.m. LOS ANGELES – The father of Henry Solis, the LAPD fugitive wanted in the March 13 homicide of Salome Rodriguez in Pomona, was arrested at his home in Lancaster, CA. According to a federal complaint filed in the United States District Court in El Paso, Texas, the father, […]

Daughter of Mexican Mafia boss who ran L.A. gang gets 15 years

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Posted by Debbie L. Sklar | MyNewsLA.com March 23, 2015 The daughter of a Mexican Mafia boss was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for running a South Los Angeles street gang on orders given to her by her imprisoned father. Vianna Roman, 39, pleaded guilty last year to racketeering, narcotics and weapons offenses as […]

Too Old to Commit Crime?

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By DANA GOLDSTEIN | The New York Times MARCH 20, 2015 DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV is facing the death penalty or life in prison for the Boston Marathon bombing. But what if, instead, the maximum prison sentence were just 21 years? That was the sentence that Anders Behring Breivik received in 2012 after killing 77 people, most […]

Report casts more doubt on LAPD officials’ rationale for killer’s talk

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By Kate Mather | LA Times March 20, 2015 From the beginning, Los Angeles police justified their decision to bring a convicted murderer serving life in prison to downtown Los Angeles for a speaking engagement by saying the former Mexican Mafia shot-caller provided valuable insight to the police officials in attendance. But on Friday, a […]

Witnesses: DA Bullied Testimony That Put Rapper Away For 30 Years

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David Lohr | Huffpost March 18, 2015 ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — Fourteen years after rapper McKinley “Mac” Phipps was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at a show, five prosecution witnesses have told The Huffington Post that police and prosecutors bullied them into fingering the once-promising hip-hop artist as […]

U.S. issues recommendations for San Diego police

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By Tony Perry | LA Times March 17, 2015 Failures in the hiring and supervision of San Diego police led to a series of misconduct cases, but the Police Department remains “progressive, sound and very effective,” according to a federal review released Tuesday. Many of the department’s problems can be traced to the city’s ongoing […]

Police investigate second fatal shooting in Pomona

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By Nicole Charky | La Times March 16, 2015 A rookie LAPD officer wanted for questioning in the slaying of a man in Pomona has not yet turned himself in to authorities, officials said Monday. Henry Solis, 27, who has been a probationary officer at the LAPD’s Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley since […]

2 Investigates: Bay Area gang member speaks about life on the streets, struggles to get out

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By Eric Rasmussen, Reporter | KTVU 2 News March 13, 2015 A 20 year-old gang member who has been in and out of jail for a lengthy list of crimes now says he wants out. Less than six months after deciding to try to turn his life around, he sat down for an interview with […]

Greenfield Gang Member Sentenced to 90 Years To Life in Murder and Attempted Murder

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KCBA News March 10, 2015 5:00 pm Update: 24-year-old Richard Criado of Greenfield was sentenced to 90-years-to life for murder and attempted murder. That sentence handed down in Monterey County Superior Court today/ Salinas, Ca – A Monterey County Jury has convicted a Greenfield gang member of Murder and Attempted Murder stemming from the May […]

Landmark California Law Has Released Nearly 3,000 Inmates

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The Huffington Post | By Lydia O’Connor 03/06/2015 6:12 Updated: 03/06/2015 6:59 pm California’s successful effort to shrink its prison population to a court-mandated size is due in large part to Proposition 47, a measure passed last year that lets low-level offenders apply to be resentenced. Just run the numbers. Jeffrey Beard, chief of the […]

Weekends are the deadliest time for Latinos

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By Armand Emamdjomeh and Ryan Menezes | LA Times | The Homicide Report Feb. 27, 2015 The first to be killed on the weekend of Dec. 20 was 17-year-old Erik Sainz, who was shot in the driveway of a West Puente Valley home that Friday afternoon. Then came Matthew Albert Garcia, 26, who was found […]