Skip to comments.FNC Special: American Gangs -hosted by Newt Gingrich
Posted on 03/02/2005 7:46:34 PM PST by Sirc_Valence
Airs 03/06/05, Sunday @ 9pm ET
Newt Gingrich is hosting a special on Fox News Channel on the growing threat of gangs which the promo linked to the war on terror. It will air this Sunday at 9pm ET. Feel free to post thoughts on this thread.
Below I posted exerpts from a pertinent 1997 L.A. Times story
During a task force deployment last summer, gang members attacked an undercover LAPD detective. Sitting in his car, he had seen several 18th Streeters spray-painting a wall.
Wanting to keep his cover intact, the officer quickly drove off -- followed by the gun-wielding gangsters, who fired wildly from their car. After shooting holes in his window, they were arrested by police reinforcements.
"The sad thing," the officer later recalled, "this could have happened to anybody."
Much of the gang's violence revolves around clashes with its two fiercest rivals -- Mara Salvatrucha and Florencia 13 -- and its burgeoning drug trade.
In central and south Los Angeles, the gang is suspected of selling hundreds of doses of heroin daily at busy drive-up locations, where customers include middle-class professionals, college students and suburbanites.
Called Dieciocho by its Spanish-speaking members, the gang is a quintessential Los Angeles phenomenon: sprawling, multiethnic, a product of the region's changing economics and demographics.
Eighteenth Street was born more than 30 years ago in the impoverished but fertile neighborhood where the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways intersect, near 18th Street and Union Avenue. The area -- Pico-Union -- has long been a landing spot for newly arrived immigrants...
Strutting into a Huntington Park recreation center after an assault on a rival gang member, a knot of 18th Street teens proudly shows off its "little homey" -- a 4-year-old known as "Baby Midget."
At an age when most children are learning ABCs in preschool, this toddler with the shaved head, and others like him, are learning to flash the gang's "E" sign. When asked where he is from, his small voice proclaims: "Southside 18th Street."
It is the biggest and deadliest street gang to rise from the nation's gang capital.. With as many as 20,000 members in Southern California alone, the gang called 18th Street is 20 times the size of the region's typical gang, dwarfing even the notorious Bloods and Crips.
"We recognize them as one of the most violent street gangs and one of the most prolific in the United States," says George Rodriguez, who until his retirement this month oversaw investigations for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
A band of unruly outcasts when it formed in the 1960s, 18th Street has become an ominous prototype. Although primarily Latino, 18th Street has broken with gang tradition, opening its ranks to comers of all races from many working-class neighborhoods in a calculated move to boost its numbers. Its primary recruitment targets: immigrant youngsters.
DECADES OF GROWTH
"We're down for our neighborhood," says 14-year-old "Casper," as he and several young homeboys patrol Morningside High School after classes let out.
The boys boast about their exploits: stealing cars, beating a rival gang member unconscious, ripping off car stereos for party money.
The Baby Gangsters say they protect 18th Street from young challengers in the neighborhood. "We kick their ass," Casper says. If they need help, they summon the older homeboys.
In Casper's arms is a tiny pit bull puppy. They call him Capone.
Like the boys, the puppy is in training for trouble. They want a fighting dog, with a big 18th Street tattoo on his soft underbelly.
Side by side, the Baby Gangsters walk the school's empty halls, sharing a joint.
The boys take turns exhaling streams of marijuana smoke into the puppy's mouth. When they put him down, he staggers along behind. They laugh.
"Silent," 13, who says he gets a kick out of setting fires, is trying to ignite a patch of dry grass.
He joined 18th Street after his mother died. His father started drinking, Silent says, and was "not taking good care of us."
Although his father stopped drinking and is doing better, Silent says "it's too late" because he has found another family -- 18th Street.
Times librarian Janet Lundblad contributed research to this story by Richard Connell and Robert J. Lopez.
Sources: Law enforcement reports; interviews with investigators and gang members.
Sunday, November 17, 1996
Copyright Los Angeles Times
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