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bloody gangs of new york

Unread post by lb516 » February 29th, 2004, 5:06 am


Eric Covington and daughter Diamond, 2, of the Bronx stay away from St. James Park after sunset.

Former Latin Kings captain shows gang's unity beads and symbol of greeting.

The gangs of New York are on a killing spree.
Gang slayings shot up nearly 80% across the city last year, a startling statistic given the Police Department's success in pushing overall murders to historic lows.

Gang-motivated homicides jumped to 52 in 2003 from 29 the year before, according to police records.

When all slayings committed by gang members - including those unrelated to gang activities - are considered, the violent reach of gangs is inescapable: Nearly one of every six people killed in the city last year was slain by a gang member.

"For every 10 arrests, there are 20 new gang members coming in," said a former "general" in the Latin Kings. "The cops can't stop gangs. There are too many of them."

Police downplayed the statistics, noting overall gang-motivated crime was cut by 18%.

"It's an aberration in an area that is notoriously hard to gauge," said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

"The [gang-motivated] homicides were isolated, not part of a pattern," said Inspector William Tartaglia, head of the NYPD Gang Division, "and there was nothing we didn't deal with right away."

Tartaglia pointed to the first weeks of this year as evidence. Through Feb. 8, gang-motivated killings fell by 50% compared with the same period last year.

Yet the deadly danger posed by gangs has a profound effect on average New Yorkers.

Teens are pressured to join various gangs. Mexican immigrants are afraid to reveal their hometowns to gang members for fear of getting slashed.

Places where parents once walked with their children without fear are now off-limits at night.

When the sun is shining, Eric Covington brings his baby daughter to St. James Park and plays outside near his Bronx home with his 7-year-old son.

"As soon as the street lights come on, it's time go upstairs," said Covington, 27. "You got these kids on the streets trying to make names for themselves."

"Bloods, Latin Kings, Ñetas," he said. "The police have been cracking down a lot. But you still have these 13- to 17-year-old kids - sickos - who believe violence gets you status."

The ranks of the city's gangs stand at just under 15,000, with about a quarter active and not in prison, authorities said.

Among the most active are the Bloods, the Crips, the Latin Kings, the Ñetas, The Mexican Boys, Los Vagos (The Lazy Ones), Los Traviesos (The Troublemakers), Los Pitufos (The Smurfs) and a gang of Salvadoran nationals called Mara Salvatrucha or MS 13.

A major challenge in combating gang violence is that it tends to be random because the thugs lack organization.

Gangs tend to menace other criminals, but their illegal activities also can breed violence beyond their ranks.

Last June, a Bronx teen who tried to stop his cousin from being initiated into a gang was shot dead by the thugs outside a cafe at 149th St. and Morris Ave.

The NYPD battles gangs on all fronts.

Even as homicides jumped, the NYPD achieved double-digit declines in almost every major gang-crime category last year and got 302 guns off the streets.

The largest increase in murder was in Queens, where Mexican gangs prey on other immigrants and are known to barge into baptisms, weddings and family gatherings.

To respond to the violence quickly, the Gang Division holds weekly strategy meetings with housing, transit, school and correction cops, and shares intelligence with district attorneys.

The Queens district attorney's office, which has its own gang unit, organizes an annual conference and regularly puts witnesses into hiding.

Bronx prosecutors also have created a Gang/Major Case Bureau. In April, the unit busted nine alleged Bloods for selling up to $80,000 in crack a month from the Patterson Houses.

On the streets, the Gang Division's 280 officers and the NYPD's Operation Impact, which floods rookie cops into areas with persistent crime, have proven successful.

Less than a year ago, Mexican gangs effectively ruled Linden Park in Corona, Queens. Not any more.

"It's like a police academy now," Jose Hernandez, 22, said as he took a breather from a game of hoops.

At Crystal Liquors near the park, the owner, Ruben Peña, said he would almost consider removing the shop's bullet-proof glass.

"The cops have really helped," said Peña, who credits Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) for getting the added police presence. "The problem is they put the police here for a while, but then they remove them and things could get bad again."

Originally published on February 29, 2004

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Re: bloody gangs of new york

Unread post by Q » March 2nd, 2004, 7:38 pm

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