Let’s Meet: Chicago Police’s New Approach To Gangs

In Chicago, police are trying a different approach to stop gang violence. First, they meet with gang members and let them hear firsthand from residents who are tired of violence. The gangs are even offered help finding jobs. But then comes the part you might call “All for One and One for All”: If any […]

Oregon’s largest city aims laws at gun violence

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The Associated Press | December 2, 2010 PORTLAND — The Portland City Council has approved laws aimed at curbing gun violence, although critics question whether the ordinances are constitutional and say they may unfairly target young blacks. The laws are a result of a resurgence in gang violence in the past two years. The Oregonian […]

Public would be informed of gang activity under bill waiting for governor’s OK


NJ.com | December 02, 2010 Legislation sponsored by Assembly Law and Public Safety Chairman Gordon Johnson to ensure the public is informed of gang activity in their community has received final legislative approval. The bill (A-3264/S-1537) clarifies that information contained in gang related incident offense reports be forwarded to the Superintendent of State Police and […]

List of “rules” found in street gang leader’s home


Paul Cherry (The Gazette) | December 2, 2010 MONTREAL – Sentencing arguments have begun in a drug trafficking case involving the reputed leader of one of the more notorious street gangs in Montreal. Chenier (Big) Dupuy, 34, was described by a Montreal police street gang expert as the leader of the BoGars, a gang that […]

Girls charged with street gang terrorism


Jim Wallace (WALB News) | Dec 02, 2010 ALBANY, GA – Four teenage girls are charged with street gang terrorism after one was beaten in a gang initiation at Dougherty High School. The 17 year old suspected ringleader was indicted as an adult, while the other three, who are under 16 years old, are charged […]

Services flood into Rio slums after police takeover, but police net few drug gang members


JULIANA BARBASSA (Associated Press)| December 2, 2010 RIO DE JANEIRO — The lights went back on, the trash finally went out and a week of tension and violence came to a close in two of Brazil’s most notorious slums on Thursday — but with police instead of drug gangs patrolling the narrow streets. Police and […]

Hartford Man Gets 12 Years In Prison For Gun, Drug Sales


EDMUND H. MAHONY (The Hartford Courant) December 2, 2010 A Hartford man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling guns and drugs to a federal undercover agent. In February and March of 2009, federal prosecutors said, Terrawane Nickson, 33, conspired to sell or sold crack cocaine to the unidentified undercover operative on […]

Mexican Police Capture Alleged Zetas Drug Gang Boss


VOA News 02 December 2010 Mexican federal police say they have captured a regional leader of the Zetas drug gang, who allegedly trafficked drugs from the Dominican Republic and Panama to the United States. Security official Luis Cardenas said Thursday that Eduardo Ramirez Valencia was detained Wednesday along with an accomplice in Hidalgo state. Cardenas […]

AP IMPACT: Cartel arrests did not curb drug trade

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By ELLIOT SPAGAT, MARTHA MENDOZA (Associated Press) December 1, 2010|6:26 a.m. CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — On a sleepy boulevard of motels and fast-food joints near the Mexican border, police stopped a car with a broken tail light. In the trunk, he found a trash bag containing 48 pounds of narcotics, and in the driver’s pocket, […]

Chicago shutters infamous public housing complex


Associated Press | December 1, 2010 CHICAGO — To some, Cabrini-Green’s infamous high-rises were a symbol of urban blight — towering testaments to the failure of Chicago public housing to safely give shelter to the poorest of the poor. But to the last residents being rousted from the last building, Cabrini-Green was simply home. The […]

Violent heist at cargo depot near Port of L.A. the work of sophisticated gang, detectives say


Richard Winton (LA Times) December 1, 2010 It began with a man posing as a lost driver asking for directions from a security guard outside a cargo depot in Wilmington. Within seconds, the guard on duty Sunday night discovered it was a ruse, detectives said. As he stepped outside the cargo depot to give directions, […]

Brazil troops to stay in Rio slum after backing anti-gang assault

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Marcelo Soares and Chris Kraul (Los Angeles Times) December 1, 2010 Bogota, Colombia — After a two-pronged, weeklong assault on entrenched drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro slums, Brazilian army troops will remain in the city’s worst shantytown for at least six months to maintain order, the government announced Tuesday. In a military-style invasion Sunday, […]