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Retired gang investigator Richard Valdemar taps his deep well of experience to tell you about how to combat gangs in your jurisdiction.

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A Two-Fold Approach to Countering Gangs

Gangs are a serious problem negatively impacting American culture. And the rise of gang activity as evidenced by the rash of shootings we've seen in major metropolitan areas like Chicago and elsewhere is increasingly threatening the very safety and security of both law enforcement officers and the communities we serve, nationwide.

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Shooting Up Chicago

A court granted the ACLU of Illinois and Black Lives Matter Chicago permission to intervene in the consent decree negotiations.

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No One Should Die So Young

Photo of drive-by shooting is illustrative and via Chris Yarzab/Flickr.

Leslie Zepeda died the day after Christmas. She had no time for a final hug, a final kiss, one last chance for her family to tell her how much they loved and cherished her.

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Carcinogenic Cannabis

Marijuana grow photo courtesy of DEA.

Federal, state and local police as well as other government officials have succumbed to the money involved in the cannabis cancer. Whether it's the legal medical marijuana trade or illegal drug-trafficking gangs, it originates from the same criminal sources.

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Getting Away With Murder

A 1990 television mini-series dramatized the Camarena case. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

The release in Mexico of one of the men responsible for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena has renewed tension between the U.S. and Mexico over the case.

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Is Mexican Cartel Activity In the U.S. Exaggerated?

Graphic via Washington Post.

Many of the Mexican cartel crimes in the illegal alien community go unreported. The ugly crimes of kidnapping, human trafficking, extortion, gang violence, and unsolved murders are often committed by Mexican cartel members in cities across the United States but remain unreported.

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TV Review: Mixed View of FX's 'The Bridge'

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir play U.S. and Mexican detectives on the border working a serial...

As the show progresses, we see the challenges that El Paso Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Juárez Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) face in working together across cultural divides as well as in an environment of extensive police and government corruption.