Skip to comments.Jersey's growing army of young gangsters Like many, teen charged in officer's death
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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Gee, I wonder what influences them to do this?
When the cat's are away the mice will play.
The resentment over the 2000 election disenfranchisement and the subsequent neglect of jobs, health care, education, the environment, etc..
"There's no such thing as a bad boy." What a load.
Oh yeah, that must be it. It's Bush's fault.
Yes. Feel the power.
What music is played in the home? What music videos, video games, movies and television shows?
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.
It always is.
Anyone here not think they should all be tried as adults and sentenced commensurately?
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.
And an officer is dead.
I have very little sympathy for the parents of the killer.
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.
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.
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...
What entity could brainwash a young boy from a good home into becoming a soulless gangster?