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  • 6 dead, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    05/18/2020 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Six people were killed and 32 others were wounded by gun violence so far over the weekend in Chicago. The latest fatal attack left a man dead Saturday in Austin on the West Side. The man, 32, was with a male suspect about 7:04 p.m. in the first block of South Leamington Avenue when the male shot him in the chest, Chicago police said. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. Earlier that afternoon, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot in Chatham on the South Side. About 3:05 p.m., he was standing on the corner in the 8300 block of...
  • El Salvador authorises 'lethal force' in gang crime crackdown after dozens of murders

    04/27/2020 4:50:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    SKY News ^ | April 27, 2020
    The president of El Salvador has authorised "lethal force" in the fight against criminal gangs. The country has also enforced the opposite of social distancing in its jails, packing opposing gang members into the same cell. President Nayib Bukele ordered a 24-hour prison lockdown after the central American country reported 24 homicides on Friday. It is the worst one-day total since Mr Bukele took office in June last year. By late afternoon on Sunday, police had registered another 29 murders. Forcing rival gangs to share the same space is intended to break communication between members of the same group. Mr...
  • El Salvador's jails: Where social distancing is impossible

    04/27/2020 2:20:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 27, 2020
    Latin America has some of the most overcrowded jails in the world. With prisoners crammed into tiny cells by the dozen, social distancing is impossible and poor medical facilities mean any outbreak of coronavirus would spread like wildfire. The United Nations has urged governments to do more to protect inmates and has suggested the most vulnerable be temporarily released to ease overcrowding. Chile, Colombia and Nicaragua have announced they will move thousands of prisoners into house arrest with priority given to the elderly, pregnant women and those with underlying conditions. Brazil has already started moving inmates over 60 into house...
  • Prosecutor reveals how one teenage girl was grilled by 11 barristers for six days and called a liar - but refused to back down and laid bare the horror of Asian rape gangs

    04/22/2020 9:07:00 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 64 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | NAZIR AFZAL
    She told of underage girls being threatened and picked up in car parks and taken to houses across the town, where they would be passed around dozens of men. In one case, a man in his 40s poured petrol on the head of a 14-year-old girl with learning difficulties and threatened to set her alight unless she performed a sex act on him. In 2009, the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to pursue the cases in court, describing the girls as ‘not credible’. Authorities who were supposed to protect them had judged the girls promiscuous teenagers who were making...
  • Attorney General Becerra Announces Independent Review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s CalGang Records and Policies

    02/21/2020 5:37:21 PM PST · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | February 10, 2020 | California Attorney General Becerra
    Contact: (916) 210-6000, LOS ANGELES – Pursuant to the authority granted under Assembly Bill 90 of 2017 (AB 90), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) will conduct an independent review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) records and policies regarding the use of CalGang, a criminal intelligence database used by law enforcement agencies to share gang-related intelligence. This review comes as a result of reports that LAPD officers falsified field records used to identify possible gang members. LAPD has commenced its own internal investigation in response to the reports.“Transparency and accountability are...
  • Rapper Pop Smoke shot, killed in Hollywood Hills home: Sources

    02/19/2020 12:08:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | February 19, 2020 | By Ella Torres , Alex Stone , Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky
    Rapper Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming artist born in Brooklyn, was shot and killed Wednesday in a Hollywood Hills, California, home, multiple law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News. Multiple suspects broke into the home with at least one wearing a black mask, sources said. The suspects then shot the victim, who was transported to a local hospital where he died, according to the sources. "We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke," his record label, Republic Records, said in a statement. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn...
  • 11 children shot in yet another violent Chicago weekend

    02/18/2020 7:10:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2020
    Chicago's weekend began with a girl reportedly shooting her 11-year-old brother, who had to be rushed to the hospital. By the time Monday morning rolled around, 25 people had been shot, 11 of them minors, police said. Three died in the weekend violence, all of them adults, according to police. The shootings occurred between Friday at 6 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to CNN's review of the Chicago Police Department's major incident reports.
  • Court Sentences North Carolina Bloods Gang Members for Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Murder (NC)

    01/30/2020 9:35:01 PM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | January 29, 2020 | DOJ
    Four North Carolina members of the United Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) street gang were sentenced in Charlotte, North Carolina, after pleading guilty to federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy charges, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray of the Western District of North Carolina. Tyquan Ramont Powell, aka Savage, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lamonte Kentrell Lloyd, aka Murda Mo and Moo, 26, of Scotland Neck, North Carolina, Thomas Oliver, aka T.O., Recon, Rex, and Mr. Trippbadd, 34 of Gastonia, North Carolina were each sentenced...
  • SF DA-elect Chesa Boudin sets new course in gang cases, citing charges ‘infused with racism’

    01/15/2020 6:43:00 AM PST · by karpov · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2019 | Evan Sernoffsky
    One of Chesa Boudin’s first planned policy changes when he takes over as San Francisco’s district attorney next month seeks to answer a question that has long ignited debates in the city: Should people accused of crimes face harsher punishments if their actions allegedly benefited a street gang? The former public defender, who takes office Jan. 8, promises to put an end to filing what are known as gang enhancements against defendants — charges that can add years to felony sentences. Gang enhancements have drawn increased opposition in California, driven by statistics showing that they are disproportionately applied to people...
  • Gang Kingpin Accused of Running Murderous Empire From Prison

    12/21/2019 1:59:38 PM PST · by karpov · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2019 | Nicole Hong
    He went to prison for attempted murder and robbery, expecting to spend the rest of his life behind bars. That did not stop his ambitions, prosecutors said. On Friday, a new indictment accused the man, Howard Smith, of leading a murderous New York street gang from inside a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, where he had been incarcerated since 2004. The indictment said Mr. Smith, 49, would give orders through prison phone calls, including once directing a gang member to carry out an act of violence last year, saying anyone who disobeyed the order would be kicked out of...
  • MS-13 Gang: 96 Charged in Sweeping Crackdown on Long Island

    12/20/2019 2:03:10 PM PST · by karpov · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2019 | Alan Feuer
    The Suffolk County district attorney’s office announced on Friday that it had brought a sweeping indictment against 96 members and associates of the violent MS-13 street gang that included charges involving seven murder conspiracies. The authorities said it was New York State’s biggest crackdown ever on the group. “The goal of this investigation was to deliver a major blow to the gang’s leadership, operations and recruitment in the our region,” Timothy D. Sini, the district attorney told reporters at a news conference. Among those charged in the sprawling case were nine top leaders of the street gang who were part...
  • Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit

    12/18/2019 2:11:57 PM PST · by ransomnote · 36 replies ^ | 12/18/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit The Operation Will Surge Federal Law Enforcement Resources into Seven of America’s Most Violent Cities Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities through a surge in federal resources.Joined at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan, by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam...
  • NY Muslim Patrol Bullies Get Bullied Back by the Bloods

    12/17/2019 10:02:49 AM PST · by mkleesma · 67 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | 12/17/19 | Martin Mawyer
    Members of New York’s Muslim Patrol recently became embroiled in a near-explosive altercation outside the Masjid Taqwa in Brooklyn with members of the Bloods, a notoriously violent gang. The Muslim Patrol gained international attention in the fall of 2018 after several of its patrol cars — which look like New York Police Department (NYPD) cars –were spotted in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The Bloods are a violent African-American street gang known for trafficking drugs and guns. This criminal organization has made national headlines with targeted assassinations, drive-by shootings and deadly gun battles with law enforcement. On December 10, a verbal...
  • Soto Bonilla found guilty in murder of Lynchburg's Raymond Wood; jury to determine sentence

    12/13/2019 2:17:41 PM PST · by oldvirginian · 13 replies
    BEDFORD -- A small gasp cut the tension in Bedford Circuit Court Wednesday as a member of the MS-13 gang was pronounced guilty of capital murder. The case of 22-year-old Kevin Josue Soto Bonilla has played out over the course of eight days. His charges stem from the March 27, 2017 death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood. He's the second of his co-defendants to stand trial: Victor Arnoldo Rodas was convicted last year of first-degree murder among other charges and was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Two others, Lisandro Antonio Posada-Vasquez and Juan Martin Hernandez, have pleaded guilty to capital...
  • Nightmare: German police are shocked by gun battles in Sweden.

    12/12/2019 1:53:02 PM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Svenska Dagblablet ^ | December 12, 2019 | Tomas Lundin and Bjorn Lindahl
    The shooting fatalities in Sweden shock the police of other countries. That is because in other countries crimes like this successfully countered. Young people running around the streets with automatic guns and killing each other — it's not right, it's creepy, said a police officer from the special forces of the German Essen. Germany is struggling with criminal groups too and violent clashes between rival gangs are not uncommon too. But skirmishes involving many fatalities on the streets of Sweden horrify even the most experienced of the German police. "Oh my God, they don't just carry machine guns, they use...
  • Gun Control: Chicago Mayor Rahm "The Ballerina" Emanuel Goes After Banks That Lend To Gun Makers -- NOT GANGS

    12/03/2019 12:10:14 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    One Citizen Speaking ^ | Way Back - January - 2012 | Steve
    Rahm “the ballerina” Emanuel is afraid of gangs -- can’t prosecute the minorities which make up the democrat base ... Dancing aroung the issue of gangs. A 15-year-old girl who performed at the president's inauguration is gunned down by gangs less than a mile from Barack Obama's home. What does Chicago's mayor do? He blames banks who lend gun makers money. Hadiya Pendleton, who just days before had performed with her high school band at President Obama's inauguration, was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended. The park where she was...

    11/20/2019 5:39:07 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 20,2019 | BY STEVEN HAYWARD
    Let’s take in a few headlines from the last few days, starting with the New York Times: Denmark, Worried About Bombings by Swedish Gangs, Begins Border Checks COPENHAGEN — More than 60 years of hassle-free travel from Sweden to Denmark has ended after the Danish authorities, struggling to quell a wave of bombings blamed on Swedish gangs, introduced passport checks for the first time since the 1950s. The measures put in place on Tuesday are temporary and will be applied intermittently, but the Danish police said that most travelers should carry passports or national identification cards. Only air travelers from...
  • 4 dead, 6 wounded in shooting at backyard football party in Fresno

    11/18/2019 10:26:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 18, 2019 | Associated Press
    Police in the central California city of Fresno were searching Monday for suspects and trying to determine a motive for the killing of four people at a backyard party and the wounding of six as dozens were watching football on TV. Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said “unknown suspects” sneaked into the backyard at about 6 p.m. Sunday and fired into the crowd. Fresno Deputy Police Chief Michael Reid told the Fresno Bee newspaper and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that 10 people were shot and that three were found dead in the backyard . . .
  • Nearly Two Dozen Alleged Members of Rival Chester, PA Drug Gangs Arrested in Early Morning

    10/30/2019 10:00:31 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | 10/30/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Nearly Two Dozen Alleged Members of Rival Chester, PA Drug Gangs Arrested in Early Morning Takedown and Charged in Parallel Indictments CHESTER, PA – William M. McSwain, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Michael Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Philadelphia Office; Jonathan Wilson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Philadelphia Field Division; and Katayoun Copeland, District Attorney of Delaware County, jointly announced today the unsealing of two parallel Indictments charging 22 individuals...
  • North Carolina Bloods Gang Members Found Guilty of Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Murders

    10/24/2019 3:41:36 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | 10/24/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 24, 2019 North Carolina Bloods Gang Members Found Guilty of Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Murders A federal jury convicted four North Carolina members of the United Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) street gang of charges including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy involving multiple murders.  In May of 2017, 83 UBN gang members were indicted in the Western District of North Carolina for crimes including RICO conspiracy.  This trial resulted in the convictions of the last four defendants in the active case.Dricko Dashon Huskey, aka Drizzy, 27,...