Los Angeles law enforcement officials will focus an attack on gang violence with more enforcement on smaller neighborhood gangs and a new legal tool tried last year on skid row, the Los Angeles Times reports. L.A. had a 14 percent increase in gang-related crime last year, including high-profile incidents of race-motivated violence.
L.A. police are developing a “Top 10” list of gangs to target based on a complex formula. Three agencies will devote more officers and attorneys specifically to those gangs. The campaign will include targeting the leaders and headquarters of the worst gangs. Police have identified 720 street gangs in Los Angeles, with 39,315 members. Officials said a small number of them are causing a disproportionate amount of crime in the hardest-hit neighborhoods. Police have focused attention on larger gangs that run drug rings and other criminal enterprises.