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 . . .

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