Judge considering gang injunction in Santa Ana

Chicanos Unidos of Orange County at injunction hearing

SEAN EMERY (OC Register) | July 29, 2014 An Orange County Superior Court judge is considering whether to approve a new gang injunction in Santa Ana, but on Tuesday decided against immediately ruling on the proposed order that would add more than two dozen residents to an “enforcement list” targeting suspected gang members. Judge Franz […]

Gang recruiting flourishes with border crisis

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Deirdre Reilly (Los Angeles Times) | July 28, 2014 Just one of the several real dangers that rides alongside the flood of illegal immigrant children over the U.S. is now surfacing: members of the cruel and vicious MS-13 gang are taking advantage of the stressed, over-worked, multi-tasking border patrol agents and are illegally crossing the […]

Gang Member Convicted in Santa Monica Murders to Spend Life in Prison

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Ivette Lopez (The Lookout) | July 25, 2014 Convicted killer William Vasquez will have to spend the rest of his life in prison after the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied to review the case against him for the murder of five victims, including two in Santa Monica. The gruesome shootings that took place in […]

Drug gang members plead guilty to avoid death penalty

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Kelly Wheeler (San Diego 6) | July 25, 2014 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two leaders of the violent Mexican drug trafficking gang “Los Palillos,” already convicted of multiple murders and kidnappings in San Diego County, Friday pleaded guilty to unresolved counts in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. Jorge Rojas Lopez, 35, and Juan Estrada […]

Gang member charged in Target employee slaying

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KABC | July 25, 2014 VAN NUYS, LOS ANGELES — A known gang member was charged with the murder of a Target worker who was cleaning the store’s parking lot in Van Nuys. Erick Renteria, 24, was charged with one count of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon with a prior and two […]

LAPD investigating allegations of artificially inflated patrol numbers

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Kate Mather, Joel Rubin (Los Angeles Times) | July 24, 2014 The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations that command staff in some of the city’s police stations artificially inflated the number of officers they had on patrol to comply with department regulations. The LAPD requires that each division have a […]

Salvadoran Youth Personifies Immigration Crisis

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John Cádiz Klemack (NBCLA) | July 24, 2014 Every day in Los Angeles, hundreds of cases are heard at immigration court. In one day two weeks ago, there were 526 cases on the calendar. One of those was for a young man who says he works as a waiter in New York City, had to […]

Obama visits with nonprofit head, ex-gang members

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TAMI ABDOLLAH (The Associated Press) | July 24, 2014 LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that is helping them turn around their lives. The brief meeting with Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle and the four teenagers who all […]

Court overturns first-degree murder conviction of gang member

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SEAN EMERY (Orange County Register) | July 22, 2014 An appeals court has reversed a first-degree murder conviction of a man suspected of being involved in a gang confrontation that left one man dead and a juvenile injured. Tien Phuoc Phung was one of several people charged in connection with the shooting death of Scottie […]

Judge Strikes Down Gang Injunction

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Nick Welsh (Santa Barbara Independent) | July 22, 2014 There were no ifs, ands, or buts in Judge Colleen Sterne’s unequivocal ruling that Santa Barbara city police and prosecutors failed to make the case necessary to support the gang injunction they’ve been seeking since March 11 three years ago. Sterne faulted the gang-related data presented […]

Cross-Border Crime in the Crosshairs for California AG

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John Cádiz Klemack (NBC) | July 21, 2014 Western states’ attorneys general convened in Park City, Utah over the weekend. At the head of the table: California’s AG Kamala Harris. Harris said she called the special summit to meet with law enforcement officials across the US, Mexico and El Salvador. The summit was designed to […]

Violent Gang Member Suspected of Killing 14-year-old Apprehended using Vigilant Solutions License Plate Reader Data

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July 21, 2014 Vigilant Solutions announces today that the use of its License Plate Reader data and LEARN® online investigative solution has resulted in the successful resolution of a gang investigation. The details of the case are being obscured at the request of the agency. The agency belongs to one of the largest multi-jurisdictional license […]