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Portland Mobilizes Against Gang War

January 13, 2009
Though the city's homicide rate and overall crime rate are down, gang violence has increased sharply over the past year, with a rapid rise in shootings in the past month. On Friday, law enforcement officials sounded an alarm about the surge of violence, the same day one of the victims was buried in North Portland.

Georgia Cold Case Squad Cracks First Case

January 8, 2009
The Gwinnett County Police Department’s newly minted cold case squad has cracked its first case — a 2007 fatal shooting of a Norcross teenager who was working at a gas station.

Ex-U.S. Drug Czar Warns of Mexican Border Rush Because of Cartel Violence

January 8, 2009
A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail lawlessness and violence could result (in) a surge of millions of refugees crossing the U.S. border to escape the domestic misery of violence, failed economic policy, poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the mindless cruelty and injustice of a criminal state," Barry McCaffrey said.

Mistrust Bedevils War on Mexican Drug Cartels

December 31, 2008
The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year.

Anchorage Police Identify Large Number of Gang Members

December 31, 2008
Documented gangs in Anchorage continue to swell, even as anti-gang officials pledged Monday to continue their two-year-old effort to combat youth violence in south central Alaska.

Cop-Sodomy Accuser Michael Mineo Aims for $200 Million Suit

December 22, 2008

A tattoo worker who has accused three cops of sodomizing him in a Brooklyn subway station took the first step Friday toward suing the city for $200 million.

El Paso is Major Hub for Drugs Sent to U.S.

December 22, 2008

El Paso, though spared the brazen killings taking place in Mexico, has felt the power of the multibillion-dollar illicit drug trade and has become a major hub for the distribution of drugs headed to markets throughout the United States, officials said.

Homicide Total in Juarez, Mexico, Passes 1,500

December 22, 2008
With the homicide toll in Juárez surpassing the 1,500 mark, authorities there are left to face what border experts are calling the biggest Mexican dilemma -- ending the bloody street war between drug cartels, controlling thugs who have gone wild and preventing police corruption.

Georgia Sheriff’s Office Cracks Down on Gangs, Wins IACP Award

December 12, 2008
Using an operational tattoo shop as a business front, the Richmond County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force conducted undercover investigations to reduce gun sales by local street gangs.

Body Count Climbs in Mexico's Bloody Drug War

December 11, 2008
So far this year in Mexico's drug war, 5,376 people have been killed, double the number of last year and more than all U.S. troops killed in Iraq.
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