Only in Long Island, NY would you find this type of crime. A Long Island man was arrested for defending his home and family. He was being harassed by gang members and went out and bought an AK-47 assault rifle.
Recently, he was confronted by five men in his yard. He thought they were Ms-13 gang members who were going to invade his home.
He told his wife to call the police and that’s when he got his AK-47 gun. He went to his front door and saw that a larger group of men, about twenty, showed up. The men started to threaten his family and his life. They said they were going to kill him and his babies. When these men started to rush around the corner of the house, he fired four warning shots into the grass.
Because he fired his gun, the police are charging him with a D felony reckless endangerment with a depraved indifference to human life that creates a risk that someone’s going to die. However, his attorney says that shooting into the grass doesn’t create a risk of anybody dying. In addition, the man has no prior criminal background.
Obviously, New York doesn’t have the “Make my Day” law that states that a person has a legal right to defend person and property against a perceived threat. There is no obligation to flee if possible. In New York the law says you can only use physical force to deter physical force. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an incident when a victim pulled a gun to defend himself. The court will have to decide if the man firing the gun at the gang members constitutes a criminal charge against him.
This is an interesting story from Chicago, Illinois. Gang members from Chicago called a news conference to complain that police and city officials do not respect them and that the only way to curb violence is to provide jobs and improve their community. The gang members beef is with Superintendent Weis who has threatened to go after gangs with Federal Law.
Weis held a meeting with the leaders of several West Side gangs over the weekend. At the meeting, prosecutors warned that the gang members could be charged under the federal racketeering laws if killings were traced back to their gang. The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, RICO, provides stiffer penalties for acts performed as part of a criminal organization such as the Mafia.
However, gang members have taken issue with the meeting. They said that they were tricked into coming to the meeting, and that it amounted to harassment. The gang leaders claim that this method is unconstitutional because they are considered guilty before innocent, premeditated arrest and indictment by Chicago Police hearsay and propaganda tactics. The gang members didn’t like being threaten by the use of the RICO statute at the “‘secret trick meeting’ the Chicago Police and others held with whom they deemed to be top gang leaders.
Officials countered by saying that anyone who thinks that they have a pass to commit crime in the city is wrong. The federal government goes after drugs, guns and gangs. If gang members aren’t involved in current violence, police will still prosecute them for doing drugs. Officials are not offering them any type of deal. The message they want to send is that if they are more violent, the more of a target they are.
Some of the gang members attending the meeting were from Tha Movement, Lords, Disciples, Kings, Stones, Hustlers, Souls and Cobras.
Now drug gangs are targeting people on Facebook. According to CNN news, three teens in the county of Columbia who were put on a hit list have been killed in the past 10 days. Police don’t know who posted these threats or why sixty plus other names are on the list.
However, Columbian police know that a criminal gang known as Los Rastrojos and a Marxist guerilla group call Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia also known as FARC operate in the area. The hit list post was posted on August 17 and gave these three teens three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed. At first the police thought it was a joke, but when these teens were murdered, the police knew that the threat was no joke.
According to Colombian media the number of those threatened has grown and panic has overtaken Puerto Asis. Parents have sent their children out of town because their names are on the Facebook notice.
Now Federal officials say they are taking the threats seriously and have sent investigators from Bogota, the nation’s capital, to Puerto Asis. Also Internet experts are among the investigators assigned to the case. There is a reward, 5 million pesos or $2,750, for information on the killings.
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office) of Homeland Security announced that they arrested 18 men during a weeklong drug operation. They targeted gang members in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area.
Of the 18 men arrested, 15 of them are known gang members or associates of the Vatos Locos street gang. The other men are members or associates of the Sureno-13 gang. Some of the suspects were in the U.S. illegally and awaiting deportation. One of the men is in Hennepin County jail for attempted murder charge.
It seems that gangs like Vatos Locos are becoming more involved in illegal drugs and selling these drugs in Minnesota. The weeklong operation ended on July 2, with ICE working with police in Richfield, Bloomington and Minneapolis. This type of operation was part of a national initiative to target gangs.
According to the Post Chronicle, the leader of a national biker gang and 26 of his underlings have been indicted in Virginia on felony charges including extortion. These lowlives received a twelve-count federal grand jury indictment to the American Outlaw Association president, Jack Rosga also known as Milwaukee Jack of Milwaukee. Other members include the Pagans and Motorcycle Club.
They are charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling and weapons violations. The U.S. Attorney, Neil H. MacBride said the arrests are part of an aggressive attempt by the Department of Justice to dismantle the gangs who live in a world of violence.
The Outlaws were picked up in several states including Wisconsin, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. The leader of the Outlaws, Rosga, was trying to take territory from Hell’s Angels; their rival bikers.He was planning multiple attacks along with the Pagans to show force to the rival biker gangs.
According to an article in the Star Tribune, law enforcement is concern about gang violence escalating this summer in Minneapolis. So far, there have been 20 gang killings this year. This is significantly higher than last year at this time.
The latest victim of gang violence was a leader in the Taliban gang that has been around since 2005. This gang is one of the most active and violent gangs in Minneapolis but not the largest. The latest killing was caused by a longtime rivalry with the 19 Block Dipset gang and the Stick up boys. There is no single reason for this type of violence. However, law enforcement believes that when gang members leave jail they restart their old feuds. Of course, drugs have an impact on gang violence as well.
As a result, the city plans to put more resources on the street to help in deterring the violence. No one has been arrested in the latest killing.
They were known as the “Flocc” street gang. Flocc is a derivation of the word “flock” with the “k” replaced by a “c” for Crip. Police said that four gangs with the Crips and individual Blood members in the New York area joined forces for a common cause. They were mad about police officers foot patrols in their area getting in the way of their illegal drug activities. One member planned to shoot the police foot patrol from a rooftop.
Recently law enforcement authorities announced dozens of arrests as a result of a two-year investigation into the gang. The Flocc gang is tied to at least two murders, eleven shootings, a home-invasion robbery and the distribution of cocaine and heroin. The investigation included thousands of hours of wiretap surveillance by the Police Department’s gang squad and the Queens district attorney’s narcotics investigations bureau.
As a result, the police have arrested 104 people with eight still being sought. Investigators also seized 60 guns, including AK-47s, Uzi submachine guns and dozens of semiautomatic handguns and revolvers. One of the guns was a 9-millimeter assault rifle. This rifle was to be used to shoot officers on patrol. The police arrested the suspect after hearing him discuss his plans on a wiretapped phone.
In addition, a former correction officer was arrested. He was storing weapons for high-ranking gang members. A 9-millimeter pistol was found that had been stolen from another correction officer along with a 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded AK-47.
The police arrested the leaders of all the four gangs tied to Flocc including the person who was the leader of the entire operation. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property.
In a recent story, a graduate student was murdered in Centennial, Colorado last fall by a juvenile gang member. A group of Denver Crips targeted the victim because they wanted to rob a “white” person and the victim looked like he might have money.
In reality, this young man, Andrew Graham, was a 23-year-old graduate student coming home late at night. He was looking for a place to live in Boulder, Colorado where he was handpicked by his professors to take part in a new master’s program for mathematical engineering at the University of Colorado. On November 6, 2009, he was gunned down in the early morning and his body was discovered in the front yard in a quiet neighborhood.
Five Crips members stalked him and a juvenile member of the gang shot him. This type of behavior was consistent with the gang members’ involvement in racially motivated violent attacks on white people in Lower Downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall last summer. The gang was responsible for robbing, assaulting and attacking as many as 26 people during this time.
So far, the police have arrested 31 people including Crips gang members. The alleged murderer has been arrested and is in jail.
Attorney General Eric Holder had told prosecutors in a federal conspiracy and murder trial not to seek the death penalty for three El Salvadoran men who are in the U.S. illegally. The three men are accused of robbing and shooting Claros Luna on July 29, 2009 in Alexandria, VA. Luna was transporting a prostitute from Maryland to Virginia when he was murdered
The three suspects Eris Arguera, Alcides Umana and Adolfo Amaya Portillo, are admitted gang members of the MS-13 gang. They were indicted on November 24th on federal racketeering and murder charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia said that Eric Holder, as U.S. attorney general, makes death penalty decisions in federal cases and not the local U.S. Attorney’s office. Court documents indicate that the death penalty at one time was being considered for these Salvadorans.
A FBI press release issued the day after the three men were indicted by a grand jury stated that the case was under investigation by the FBI, Alexandria Police Department, Fairfax County and Arlington County Police Departments and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
An ICE spokesperson said the immigration agency filed paperwork to begin deportation proceedings in case the men are not convicted or if they are released on parole. If that happens, the Salvadorans would be remanded to ICE custody.
The trial is set to begin on May 10.
Gang members may be targeting the local police department in rural Riverside County, California. Several bizarre incidents have happened since New Years Eve that seems to make this point.
Take for instance the incident of a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit’s headquarters. The building filled with the flammable vapor but an officer smelled the vapor and everyone was evacuated before anything happened.
Then there was a ballistic contraption that was attached to a sliding security fence around the building. When an officer opened the black steel gate, it triggered the mechanism that sent a bullet within eight inches of his face. Thankfully, the officer was not hurt. Another attempt was made to booby trap a police officer’s unmarked car while he went into a convenience store.
Police believe it may be the work of an outlaw motorcycle gang, the Vagos. It all started when a member of this gang died and the police gang force monitored his funeral services. This seemed to anger the members of the gang. There are about 200 Vagos members in Riverside County. This gang specializes in methamphetamine sales, identity theft and violence. Recently about 30 members of the Vagos gang were arrested as part of a crackdown across the state and in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.