Ind. teen beaten by police faces new charges

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Associated Press | March 10, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS -A biracial teenager whose beating at the hands of white Indianapolis police officers spurred protests by community groups and aggravated racial tensions has been arrested on drug- and gang-related charges. Indianapolis Metropolitan police said they arrested 16-year-old Brandon Johnson and two of his older brothers Wednesday night at […]

Suspected gang member arrested after standoff in Val Verde

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Bob Pool (Los Angeles Times) | March 10, 2011 A six-hour standoff in a Val Verde neighborhood ended Thursday afternoon when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected gang member sought since July 4 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a member of a rival gang. Arturo Jimenez, 36, barricaded himself […]

Nine arrested in High Desert gang sweep


Joe Nelson (The Sun) | March 09, 2011 Nine people have been arrested in a gang sweep by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies spanning the High Desert, Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. The arrests on Tuesday capped a year-long investigation into an infiltration of the High Desert region by Los Angeles and San […]

Known gangster surrenders for credit union shooting

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Eyewitness News | March 9th, 2011 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A known gangster has surrendered to authorities for shooting a gun in the parking lot of a Bakersfield credit union. Irvin Briggs, 38, turned himself in Tuesday night at the Kern County Jail. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless discharge […]

Gardena man shot dead, girlfriend critical in apparent gang-related attack

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Daily Breeze | March 08, 2011 Authorities today identified a Gardena man who was killed in an apparent gang shooting in Watts that critically wounded his female companion. The shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. Sunday at 105th and Juniper streets. Jarrod Tyron Atkins, 29, died a the scene, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Atkins […]

Ex-gang leader earns accolades at Sundance, then sentenced for extortion

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Annie Sweeney (Chicago Tribune) | March 8, 2011 Less than 24 hours after a Hollywood studio awarded him a screenwriting contract, a former leader of a national gang that sprung from the hard-core punk scene was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison by a federal judge in Chicago. The highs and lows provided a […]

Iraq vet turned Latin Kings leader pleads guilty

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Peter Hall (THE MORNING CALL) | March 07, 2011 PHILADELPHIA — An Iraq war veteran who became the second in command of Bethlehem’s Latin Kings gang pleaded guilty to plotting revenge on gang associates who “snitched” to police. From 2004 through 2008, Pedro “King P-Solo” Velasquez was involved in four separate attempts to kill or […]

Rep. Jerry McNerney introduces gang database bill

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Ross Farrow (Lodi News-Sentinel) | March 7, 2011 Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, reintroduced legislation on Thursday to create a national gang activity database to allow law enforcement officials nationwide to track and share information about gang members and their activities. “I sat down with members of the Tracy Police Department and local elected officials to […]

EXCLUSIVE: Police agencies may copy Ogden’s gang restraining orders

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Ben Winslow (Fox 13 News) | March 5, 2011 OGDEN — The Ogden Metro Gang Unit’s controversial plan to serve restraining orders on members of a street gang could soon by copied by other law enforcement agencies across Utah. “There is definite interest along the Wasatch Front and throughout the state in other agencies, saying […]

Santa Ana gang fight sends 3 to hospital


BRITTANY LEVINE (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | March 5, 2011 SANTA ANA – Three males suffered knife wounds and were sent to a hospital following a gang fight in Santa Ana early Saturday morning, authorities said. More than a dozen officers responded to the fight just after midnight in the 700 block of West Central […]

Six people are wounded in a gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles

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Ruben Vives (Los Angeles Times) | March 5, 2011 A woman and five men were shot and wounded while attending a party in South Los Angeles, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department The shooting occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Central Avenue and 120th Street, Eisenman […]

Rival Gangs blamed for Mission district violence

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The Associated Press | March 04, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco neighborhood known for its mix of Mexican taco shops and trendy cafes has seen a spurt of suspected gang violence over the past two weeks that has claimed one life and injured several other people.Police blame the recent shootings and stabbings in the Mission […]