GITs Go After L.A. Gangs

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New Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton is launching his new anti-gang strategy, says the Los Angeles Times. It will be centered in GITs–gang-impact teams of uniformed officers, detectives and analysts. Unlike the gang units involved in the Rampart scandal that pre-dated Bratton, the new units will get more supervision and will pair uniformed officers with plainclothes detectives. Insiders are optimistic about the new approach, but civil-rights lawyer Steve Yagman calls the newly named units “a publicity gimmick” and says that the police department’s “culture and mentality” still must change. In the Rampart case, the Times recalled, gang officers “injured unarmed people, trumped up charges and stole drugs in the mid-1990s.”

www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-gangs7apr07,1,6129314.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalifornia

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