Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea revealed at a city council hearing that the 17,000 individuals named in the NYPD’s gang registry are nearly entirely non-white, including 65 percent African Americans, 24 percent non-white Hispanics, and 10 percent black Hispanics.
The biggest decline in firearm homicides was among African-American men, amounting to 32 per cent between 2000 and 2015, according to the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. But the decline coincided with a rise in gun deaths in rural counties.
A Columbia University study argues that examining aggressive tweets among gang members, particularly after a loss, could cut short the cycle of gang-revenge killings if grief counselors and other mental health services intervene in time.
Big-city gangs may be more violent and newsworthy, but smaller and less violent versions are a worrying presence in many poor, rural communities. University of Arkansas sociologist Timothy Brown tells TCR what he learned while interviewing gang members in a Clarksdale, Ms., jail.
As Beck prepares to retire after eight years, he leaves behind a police agency that has dramatically changed its image as an “occupying force” in the city’s black and brown neighborhoods, and become a national model for police reform, writes Joe Domanick, author of two books about the LAPD.
Nearly 9,000 children who immigrated from Central America without an accompanying adult live in limbo on Long Island, N.Y., where they face a minefield of hostile local residents, dangerous MS-13 gang members, and the constant fear of being sent back home.
Over the past 18 months, rifles have become a go-to weapon for the city’s gangs. With a deadly range extending to three city blocks, the long guns have been used in 50 fatal shootings since September 2016.
ByScott H. Decker, Caterina G. Roman, and David C. Pyrooz |
A close look at studies of why and when gang members leave their groups offers clues to the types of interventions that can divert young people from further criminal involvement, according to a Journal of Crime and Justice paper.