After a string of violent crimes by teen and adult gang members, Memphis is gearing up to mount its largest war on gangs, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. For the first time, local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors are teaming to create a multijurisdictional gang task force.
“We want to roll this out as soon as possible, but we want to be successful the first time,” said U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton. “Egos have been checked at the door. We all want something that is going to be meaningful, effective and efficient.” Federal agents with the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, have agreed to participate. Members of Memphis Police Department’s Gang Unit say they’re anxious for reinforcements. “With us just having a 12-man unit, we’re spread thin,” said unit supervisor Lt. Anthony Carter.