A New York City police program targeting neighborhood turf wars resulted in a more than 50 percent drop in homicides of people 13 to 21 years old, says Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. The Wall Street Journal says Operation Crew Cut was launched a year ago in response to an increase in the number of shootings and homicides in the latter half of 2011 and the early part of 2012.
Investigators determined that the violence was largely the result of crews of loosely-organized young people fighting over pieces of turf sometimes as small as different parts of apartment buildings. The operation has resulted in 25 citywide investigations that has led to the indictment of more than 400 people. So far this year, 43 people in the 13-21 age group have been killed, compared to 87 over the same time frame last year.