Really, Los Angeles news was reporting crime down to 1950’s levels - our old police chief has been noting what a great job he and his department are doing.
I can see this happening very easily. They come from an area where there are few police with no support infrastructure, consequently, they developed an attitude that we can beat the cops. When we import foreigners? We import their poverty, dirt and mores. What they find acceptable behavior at home.
Another example of this? WE now have an occupant in the white house who does not relate to American mores nor culture.
The bottom line is that from one point of view, the police dominate a region because they are the most powerful gang. The mistake criminal gangs make is that they assume that just because the police abide by rules, they *have* to.
The truth is that, around the civilized world, honest police only use the force they need to use. But if they need to use more, they use more.
I remember how, in one unnamed city, the city government was replaced with an ultra-liberal one that insisted the police had to be nicer to ultra-violent and vicious criminals than even to ordinary citizens. So the police made a deal with a motorcycle gang. They would generally leave the gang alone, since they were not much trouble, but if a cop needed “back up”, he would call a biker.
Once the biker arrived, the officer would take a powder for a few minutes, so he could honestly say that he didn’t see any altercation. Ironically, most of the time, the bikers just advised the bad guy that they had one, and only one, chance to leave town for good. That usually worked.
Shades of NYC in the 70’s.
The Soviet Union was notorious for their violent crime, due to an unarmed citizenry and the fact that local politicians covered up crime in order to make themselves look better. In Soviet courts it wasn't uncommon for judges to tell victims that they could have run away from violent encounters with criminals. Does that sound familiar at all?
Reclassify gangs as either domestic and/or international terror organizations. When busted, seize all assets, remove public benefits from everyone closely associated with them and long enough prison sentences so they have time enough to work in prison with all earnings being paid back to the government to cover costs of trials, public benefits received while involved in these gangs etc etc. Make it unbearably uncomfortable to be seen or associated with a gang member, instead of the BET glorification and social acceptance of the lifestyle.