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Jersey's growing army of young gangsters Like many, teen charged in officer's death
Star Ledger ^ | 08.13.06 | JONATHAN SCHUPPE AND MARK MUELLER

Posted on 09/05/2006 11:22:57 AM PDT by Coleus

Family photos line the walls of Raynard Brown's tidy Orange home. A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities to keep kids from hunting down trouble. But Cynthia Brown found she couldn't compete with another, more seductive influence in her son's life, not when it grabbed him up so young, molding his behavior since the age of 11.

That's when Raynard Brown first came home wearing the signature colors of the Bloods street gang. Over the next eight years, Brown rose to the rank of superior in the Bloods, authorities say. At the same time, he committed ever more serious crimes, culminating in his arrest last week for the shotgun killing of Orange police Detective Kieran Shields.

Law enforcement officials say Brown's progression from child wannabe to violent gangster is by no means unique. As the number of gang members in New Jersey has exploded over the past decade, so has the number of impressionable young children associated with them.

Investigators say they have interviewed full-fledged gang members as young as 8, and they have come across 6-year-olds so steeped in gang culture that it's likely only a matter of time before they're serving as lookouts and holding drugs for older gang members. From there, authorities say, it's an easy transition to more serious crimes: car theft, drug dealing, weapons possession, assault and, in some cases, murder.

"Raynard Brown is a perfect example," said Detective Sgt. Ronnie Hampton, an investigator with the State Police street gang unit. "He's been in trouble since he was a juvenile, and being in a gang obviously had an influence in his life."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Jersey
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1 posted on 09/05/2006 11:22:58 AM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Gee, I wonder what influences them to do this?


2 posted on 09/05/2006 11:25:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Coleus
A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities

When the cat's are away the mice will play.

3 posted on 09/05/2006 11:25:50 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: AppyPappy
Gee, I wonder what influences them to do this

The resentment over the 2000 election disenfranchisement and the subsequent neglect of jobs, health care, education, the environment, etc..

4 posted on 09/05/2006 11:26:59 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Coleus

"There's no such thing as a bad boy." What a load.


5 posted on 09/05/2006 11:27:29 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Jeff Chandler

Oh yeah, that must be it. It's Bush's fault.


6 posted on 09/05/2006 11:27:54 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: frogjerk
A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities

Yes. Feel the power.

7 posted on 09/05/2006 11:28:02 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Coleus
I realize it is hard to know everything a teenager is up to, but how the hell does a 6 or 8 year old become STEEPED in anything without their parents knowledge?
8 posted on 09/05/2006 11:28:48 AM PDT by texas_mrs (Stop the OCCUPATION OF THE U.S. by illegal Mexican immigrants)
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To: ozzymandus
"There's no such thing as a bad boy."

Mother-induced sociopathy.

9 posted on 09/05/2006 11:29:03 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: texas_mrs

What parents?


10 posted on 09/05/2006 11:30:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: texas_mrs
how the hell does a 6 or 8 year old become STEEPED in anything without their parents knowledge?

What music is played in the home? What music videos, video games, movies and television shows?

11 posted on 09/05/2006 11:31:02 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Coleus
A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities to keep kids from hunting down trouble.

Their belief that you could delegate raising your children to the government and a bunch of hired hands appears to have worked out like it usually has. Maybe this two income thing Really does have a cost not measured in money. Imagine.

12 posted on 09/05/2006 11:31:38 AM PDT by MrEdd (The easiest way to LIE with statistics is to use the average instead of the Median.)
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To: AppyPappy
Oh yeah, that must be it. It's Bush's fault.

It always is.

13 posted on 09/05/2006 11:31:42 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Coleus

Anyone here not think they should all be tried as adults and sentenced commensurately?


14 posted on 09/05/2006 11:31:48 AM PDT by stm (RIP Steve Irwin, you will be missed.)
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To: MrEdd
Maybe this two income thing Really does have a cost not measured in money.

Amen.

15 posted on 09/05/2006 11:33:15 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: texas_mrs

They are both working and when they get home they arent paying attention.

I would bet this kid had a lousy record for turning in his homework from school, That should have been their first tip-off. I would bet he stayed out late in the evenings, they were probably glad because he wasnt bothering them.
There is no way they didnt have some idea what was going on. thy didnt care enough to find out.


16 posted on 09/05/2006 11:33:37 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Coleus
The parents watched this behavior over eight years and did not stop it and did not remove the child from that environment. I feel very little sympathy for them today.

And an officer is dead.

I have very little sympathy for the parents of the killer.

17 posted on 09/05/2006 11:39:16 AM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: texas_mrs

One of my best friends in black, we've discussed the "black culture" thing quite often. Alot of black parents aren't all that alarmed by the thug look/behavior, I think they don't know where the play acting ends and the real deal kicks in. Where I live there are alot of very wealthy black families, very well educated and their kids still look like they should be living in the ghetto. My friend does not allow her kids to speak or behave anything close to ghetto. Actually if you put her kids along side some the same age they'd look like geeks. I also don't understand how you could lose control of an 11 yr. old, where is the father? Lord have mercy, I'd jerk a knot in my kids tail so fast he wouldn't know what hit 'em.


18 posted on 09/05/2006 11:43:47 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: frogjerk
...believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities...

Maybe if they had believed more in the power of good parenting.
19 posted on 09/05/2006 11:49:07 AM PDT by Prysson
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To: gridlock

Just another example of the parents not giving a damn about their children. A few swats of my father's belt not only got my attention, it taught me that my actions weren't acceptable to him at that time and that I best change or there would be hell to pay. This father didn't care enough to show his son the way, and he is a P.O.S. for that. How is he going to tell the widow and her children how "sorry this happened?". He should have known it was going to happen and should have taken action beforehand to prevent it from happening.


20 posted on 09/05/2006 11:52:32 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: geezerwheezer

Predictably, the state concludes that they need to take even more control away from the family with "early intervention" programs, to place the impressionable 11-year-olds in the tender care of the hired hands of the public bureaucracy.

Yeah, that'll work...


21 posted on 09/05/2006 12:10:13 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: AppyPappy

What entity could brainwash a young boy from a good home into becoming a soulless gangster?

22 posted on 09/05/2006 12:49:09 PM PDT by TUAN_JIM (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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