“Surgical, Strategic” War On Gangs In L.A.

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After aggressive tactics against gangs backfired, Los Angeles police are trying a softer, more sophisticated approach to crack down on gang-related street violence, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officers are being more careful about whom they go after and more mindful of how they are perceived. As Police Chief William J. Bratton rolls out new programs designed to suppress violence in the summer's hottest months, police are trying what one official calls a "surgical and strategic" approach. The Times says that community reaction after recent anti-gang operations suggests that the police face a tough and delicate . . .

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