Mynisha Crenshaw’s death was a call to action against gang violence

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By Steve Lambert | The Sun Posted: 11/14/15, 7:03 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago It was a question that became a headline that led to a movement. “Can one life make a difference?” A decade later, it’s fair to say that it can, and that Mynisha Crenshaw’s has. In death, this little girl […]

Gang founders ‘appalled’ by Tyshawn Lee murder, congressman says

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By Charles Thomas | ABCNEWS Tuesday, November 10, 2015 06:42AM FLORENCE, Colo. (WLS) — The murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee led an Illinois congressman in search of peace to a supermax prison. Congressman Bobby Rush went to the most secure prison in the United States – ADMAX prison in Florence, Colorado – to meet with […]

Killers of 9-year-old Chicago boy lured him into alley and murdered him over gang beef with his father: police

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BY Tobias Salinger | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:37 AM A 9-year-old Chicago boy who was fatally shot was targeted because of his father’s gang activities, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Thursday. Tyshawn Lee, who was walking to his grandmother’s house Monday afternoon, was “lured” into an alley and executed […]

We Asked Some Former Gang Members for the Truth About London’s Gangs

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By Nick Chester | November 05, 2015 “London in Peril from Drug Gang Turf Wars” read a headline on Sky News a couple of weeks ago. Usually when an article title implies that a major city is facing imminent doom due to anything short of an earthquake or a substantiated terror attack, I file […]

After 30 years of helping gang members, Father Greg Boyle is slowing a bit but still determined


BY Brittny Mejia | LA Times November 04, 2015 In a small mortuary in East Los Angeles, a mother wept over the silver casket holding her son. Behind the pews, photos of Roger Soriano showed a young man throwing up gang signs with friends, a tattoo reading “J13″ for Jardin 13 etched into his scalp. […]

Former drug kingpin Ricky Ross arrested for sales suspicion, carrying $100,000: cops

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BY Jason Silverstein | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3:29 PM Former Los Angeles crack cocaine kingpin (Freeway) Ricky Ross might have fallen back into the game. Ross, 55, was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing drug money — just a few years after finishing a lengthy prison term, authorities […]

Alleged theft by FBI agent places prosecutions in jeopardy


Scott Glover | CNN Thu October 22, 2015 | Updated 10:03 AM ET Los Angeles (CNN)For two years, investigators decoded text messages, conducted surveillance and leaned on informants to unravel a drug trafficking network that allegedly distributed heroin and methamphetamine in a city park and California prisons. The painstaking work resulted in a sweeping federal […]

Should Growing Up in Compton Be Considered a Disability?

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By Avi Asher-Schapiro | October 20, 2015 | 6:24 pm Virgil started feeling unsafe sometime around 4th grade. That’s when he remembers his mother telling him and his twin brother, Philip, to stay inside after school. The family had recently moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and remaining indoors, their mother told them, was […]

Gangs Continue to Recruit but Numbers Stagnant in San Diego

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Posted by Chris Jennewein | San Diego Times October 19, 2015 Gang membership isn’t growing in San Diego, but young people continue to join — typically at the age of 13 –and more than half of gang members carry guns. Those were among the key findings of a new report released Monday by SANDAG‘s Criminal […]

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


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 […]