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Gang Member Kicked by El Monte Officer Sues for $5 Million

July 27, 2009
Parolee and gang member Richard Rodriguez, 24, has filed a civil claim demanding $5 million from the El Monte Police Department for injuries he says he suffered, when officer George Fierro kicked and pepper-sprayed him, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

Six Shot in Drive-By at Texas Southern University Rap Event

July 23, 2009
University spokeswoman Eva Pickens said university officials were told that the shootings, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m. at Cleburne and Tierwester, near the East Garage, were gang-related.

New Trend in Drug Smuggling: Juvenile 'Mules' Who are U.S. Citizens

July 21, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the teenagers, all U.S. citizens, on Thursday and Friday at the San Ysidro and Calexico ports of entry. Agents seized roughly 17 pounds of marijuana and just over a pound of brown heroin, worth an estimated $38,000, officials said.

Reputed Gang Member, Wanted for Attack on L.A. Deputies, Arrested in Mexico

July 21, 2009
An alleged Whittier gang member wanted in an attack on two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies nearly nine years ago has been arrested in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.

NJ Corrections Losing Ground Against Prison Gangs

July 20, 2009
New Jersey corrections investigators say they're losing ground in the fight against prison gangs, because they lack the manpower and funding, the Star-Ledger reports.

Charlotte Federal Anti-Gang Office Established

July 16, 2009
A permanent federal anti-gang office will open in Charlotte by the end of the summer, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick announced Wednesday.

L.A. to Sever Ties with Prominent Gang-Intervention Agency

July 16, 2009
Los Angeles City Hall officials are preparing to sever ties with one of the more high-profile gang intervention organizations in South L.A., a decision the agency head decried as "an injustice" -- even dangerous because of the agency's success in reducing violence between rival gangs. The city's Gang Reduction & Youth Development office plans to end its contract with Unity T.W.O. Inc. at the end of the month.

Fugitive Mexican Politician is Tied to Gang Targeting Police

July 16, 2009
Last week, Julio Cesar Godoy was a congressman-elect. This week, he is a fugitive.

27 Seized in Second Phase of L.A.-Area Gang Sweep

July 8, 2009
Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrests of 11 additional members of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens street gang, which is at the center of a massive racketeering case dubbed Operation Knock Out.

Mongols Ex-Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering, Faces 20 Years in Prison

July 8, 2009
Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, the former Mongols motorcycle gang leader indicted with 78 others last year for allegedly ordering murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and attacks on gang opponents, has pleaded guilty to a count of racketeering that could send him to prison for 20 years.
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