L.A. vows gang crackdown after kids die

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Since: Dec 06

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#1 Jan 21, 2007
Perhaps if L.A. weren't a sanctuary for illegal aliens, they'd not have such a violence problem.
Money

Eastlake, OH

#2 Jan 21, 2007
Now that's one place I would hate to live. Hispanics trying to kill blacks . . . that is some scary stuff.
PBI

New Church, VA

#3 Jan 21, 2007
Unfortunately, I don't think anything can be done about the gangs. As much as I loved living in LA, this is one of the reasons I left the state of CA. There are so many things I love about LA but the cons outweighed the pros. God, how I miss In-N-Out Burgers and Gladstones4Fish!

Since: Jan 07

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#4 Jan 21, 2007
If they had cracked down on gangs from day one this 14 year old would be alive today.
PBI

New Church, VA

#5 Jan 21, 2007
columbia pointman wrote:
If they had cracked down on gangs from day one this 14 year old would be alive today.
My mom's side of the family is from Albany. I'm planning a visit there sometime soon.

Since: Jan 07

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#6 Jan 21, 2007
Money wrote:
Now that's one place I would hate to live. Hispanics trying to kill blacks ... that is some scary stuff.
yeah
that crap don't happen in other cities like houston,milwaulkee, cleveland ,columbus,detroit etc..
all you got to worry about there is blacks killing blacks.

“paleo-conservati ve”

Since: Jan 07

St Louis, MO

#7 Jan 22, 2007
From the article...
"The city has been hampered in the past by a lack of resources and changing department priorities, according to a city-funded report by civil rights attorney Connie Rice."

You have a city with 40,000 gangsters and yet the police shift priorities?
Someone doesn't want this problem solved.
Bama Yankee

Winchester, KY

#8 Jan 22, 2007
PBI wrote:
Unfortunately, I don't think anything can be done about the gangs. As much as I loved living in LA, this is one of the reasons I left the state of CA. There are so many things I love about LA but the cons outweighed the pros. God, how I miss In-N-Out Burgers and Gladstones4Fish!
Hitler managed to round up millions of people. With our technology, surely we could round up a few hundred thousand gang bangers.
John

United States

#9 Jan 22, 2007
USmotto wrote:
From the article...
"The city has been hampered in the past by a lack of resources and changing department priorities, according to a city-funded report by civil rights attorney Connie Rice."
You have a city with 40,000 gangsters and yet the police shift priorities?
Someone doesn't want this problem solved.
Whenever one of these thugs are released from lockup, they should be dumped in the same neighborhoods where the local politicians and judges live. Perhaps that will get someone's attention.

“paleo-conservati ve”

Since: Jan 07

St Louis, MO

#10 Jan 22, 2007
Seven hundred roaming militias terrorizing Los Angeles
Bob

Edinburg, TX

#11 Jan 22, 2007
In New York City, where the city reported 579 murders through Dec. 24 - a 9.8 percent increase. The spike comes from an unusually large number of crimes. Officials blamed street gangs and the availability of illegal guns.

In Chicago, murders through the first 11 months of the year 2006 were up 3.3 percent compared with the same period in 2005, reversing a four-year decline. A police spokeswoman said gang violence has been a contributing factor.

Some cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio, posted their highest numbers ever while other cities had their highest rates in years.

Oakland, Calif., had 148 homicides for 2006, up 57 percent from last year and the highest in more than a decade.

Philadelphia's 2006 homicide total was 403, the first time the number has topped 400 in nearly a decade. There were 380 in all of 2005. Philadelphia officials have struggled all year to find ways to reduce the violence.

In Memphis, Tennessee, the number of murders rose from 107 in 2004 to 136 in 2005. In Norfolk, Virginia, murders rose from 35 to 58; in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 48 to 58; in Las Vegas, Nevada, from from 131 to 144; and in St. Louis, Missouri, from 113 to 131. Authorities said the spread of gangs into smaller cities with fewer police resources may account for some of the violence being reported.
senior citizen Reno Nv

Carson City, NV

#12 Jan 22, 2007
Bama Yankee wrote:
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Hitler managed to round up millions of people. With our technology, surely we could round up a few hundred thousand gang bangers.
Thats great idea but what would you do with them? Maybe ship them to Iraq?
John

United States

#13 Jan 22, 2007
USmotto wrote:
Seven hundred roaming militias terrorizing Los Angeles
It seems that California has an over-supply of punk kids and an under-supply of American workers to pick crops and an under-supply of prison space. One solution would be to initiate them into the "chain gang" and have them working the fields. There is no sense using tax dollars to support 100,000 prisoners and 100,000 undocumented workers, when we could make money off of 100,000 working prisoners. Don't expect the Democrats or Republicans to jump on this bandwagon any time soon, but do expect to hear more about in the coming years.

Since: Dec 06

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#15 Jan 22, 2007
Bob wrote:
In New York City, where the city reported 579 murders through Dec. 24 - a 9.8 percent increase. The spike comes from an unusually large number of crimes. Officials blamed street gangs and the availability of illegal guns.
In Chicago, murders through the first 11 months of the year 2006 were up 3.3 percent compared with the same period in 2005, reversing a four-year decline. A police spokeswoman said gang violence has been a contributing factor.
Some cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio, posted their highest numbers ever while other cities had their highest rates in years.
Oakland, Calif., had 148 homicides for 2006, up 57 percent from last year and the highest in more than a decade.
Philadelphia's 2006 homicide total was 403, the first time the number has topped 400 in nearly a decade. There were 380 in all of 2005. Philadelphia officials have struggled all year to find ways to reduce the violence.
In Memphis, Tennessee, the number of murders rose from 107 in 2004 to 136 in 2005. In Norfolk, Virginia, murders rose from 35 to 58; in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 48 to 58; in Las Vegas, Nevada, from from 131 to 144; and in St. Louis, Missouri, from 113 to 131. Authorities said the spread of gangs into smaller cities with fewer police resources may account for some of the violence being reported.
New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Las Vegas are known to be sanctuary cities for illegal aliens. Some of the cities you list have some of the strictest gun control in the country. It is also known that many young illegal aliens do not seek work here but do drift into gangs.

The cost to the American taxpayer is enormous, in welfare, law enforcement, and government mandated free medical care, which has gotten so expensive in some areas that hospitals can no longer afford to operate.

We need to clean up America's streets in many ways.....
jake

United States

#16 Jan 22, 2007
It's really not so bad in LA as the news may hint at. Even though when you take the light rail from LA to Long Beach it seems like your in a third workd country. There are many safe and enjoyable activities for the whole family. 6am to sundown. just staty out of Compton and La Habra, bad news there.

Since: Dec 06

Battle Creek, MI

#17 Jan 22, 2007
PBI wrote:
Unfortunately, I don't think anything can be done about the gangs. As much as I loved living in LA, this is one of the reasons I left the state of CA. There are so many things I love about LA but the cons outweighed the pros. God, how I miss In-N-Out Burgers and Gladstones4Fish!
Oh man, I miss In-N-Out too. And Roscoe's chicken and waffles.
Coolmind

North East, MD

#18 Jan 22, 2007
Good luck, buddy. Cities are awash in drugs and gangs. What were the gangs in WEst Side Story?.. the jets and the ___?? Until society values those kids and gives them another purpose for being alive, they will seek out the belonging that comes with gangs.

“Gazing Into The MiddleDistance”

Since: Jan 07

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Jan 22, 2007
From the Juneau Empire article;
"Until we get those gangsters into real jobs, we are going to have a lethal ongoing problem, pure and simple," said Jorja Leap, a social welfare professor and gang expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, who advises the mayor. "It will never change."
More bleeding heart crapola. Real jobs? Could Leap mean $80,000 a year salaries + benefits? So thats the reason why so many join gangs! Lack of REAL jobs. I get it now.
This expert seems to forget that many people make far less than $80,000 a year & lead a law abiding existance.

People really need to get their heads out of their asses.
These mokes join gangs because it's the easiest thing to do.

Since: Dec 06

Battle Creek, MI

#20 Jan 23, 2007
ailuro wrote:
More bleeding heart crapola. Real jobs? Could Leap mean $80,000 a year salaries + benefits? So thats the reason why so many join gangs! Lack of REAL jobs. I get it now.
This expert seems to forget that many people make far less than $80,000 a year & lead a law abiding existance.
People really need to get their heads out of their asses.
These mokes join gangs because it's the easiest thing to do.
Agreed. And most of these criminals don't want to get jobs anyway. Listen to them, you will hear stupid crap like, "Well, I can't work no 9 to 5, it's not my style." Or, "I ain't puttin on no suit and tie for the man." Or "I aint flippin no burgers for minimum wage." Or some other stupid crap like that.

They join gangs because it is easy. And the gangster rap music just perpetuates this gangster image, and it is romanticized and glorified on MTV, BET, and rap music. It is "cool, and hip" to be a criminal gangbanger in todays society.

Bullsh*t. These criminal thugs terrorize their community, and they don't respect anything. They only understand violence.
gawwd

Hephzibah, GA

#21 Jan 23, 2007
all talk
oh they'll crackdown a little bit at first but,unless this gang violence affect the rich folks nothing extrodinary will be done.

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