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Illinois Chief Rams Suspects' Car After Shots Fired During Funeral Procession

Sensitive - Gangs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:19

Four people suspected of firing guns from a vehicle during a funeral procession were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Hillside, IL, after the Chicago suburb’s police chief ran his SUV into the suspects’ vehicle following a brief chase.

A 911 caller said gunfire was coming from a vehicle in the funeral procession, said Chief Joseph Lukaszek of the Hillside Police Department.

Lukaszek and other responding officers attempted to pull the car over, but the chief eventually made a decision to ram his SUV into the vehicle to force it to stop.

Police believe the incident was gang-related. Lukaszek said there have been previous gang problems related to funerals. “At Oak Ridge Cemetery, there’s a lot of gang funerals that are completely out of control,” the chief told the Chicago Tribune.

The four suspects have a total of more than 160 arrests among them and they remained in custody, awaiting charges, on Tuesday night.

 

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Video: MD Governor's Crime Plan Sends State Police to Baltimore

Sensitive - Gangs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:19

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a package of initiatives Tuesday aimed at curbing violent crime in Baltimore — ordering increased state patrols in high-crime areas and promising an “aggressive sweep” arresting criminals wanted on outstanding warrants.

He reiterated his criticism that Mayor Catherine Pugh’s anti-violence plan focuses too much on providing services to young people to prevent crime in the future instead of fighting crime today, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hogan’s plan includes beefed-up patrols in the city by state police agencies, including the state police and transportation agencies, as well as increased monitoring of people on parole and probation, more outside assistance for serving warrants, the creation of a cross-jurisdictional crime-fighting council and legislation that calls for longer sentences for violent criminals.

Hogan’s measures include:

* A new Governor’s Council on Gangs and Violent Criminal Networks made up of prosecutors and police to fight gang crime. The council will be chaired by Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo.

* A new intelligence network to help police and prosecutors better share data across the state and with federal law enforcement.

* Expanded patrols by Maryland State Police and other state law enforcement agencies in high-crime areas.

* Assistance from Maryland State Police in serving high-priority warrants.

* More than 200 parole and probation officers to track down offenders.

* An “aggressive sweep” across the city with 80 U.S. marshals and federal officers on high-priority warrants.

* New legislation to increase minimum sentences for repeat violent offenders. New “truth-in-sentencing” legislation that would require second-time violent criminals to serve their full sentence and make them ineligible for parole.

* Expedited demolition of vacant homes in high-crime areas.

 

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ICE's 'Operation Raging Bull' Nets 267 MS-13 Arrests

Sensitive - Gangs - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:24

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials today announced the results of stepped up efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the departments to target and dismantle MS-13—culminating in the arrest of 267 in the U.S. and overseas.

"Operation Raging Bull" was led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with support from federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners, and was conducted in support of the Department of Justice's renewed prioritization of the violent transnational gang.

The operation was conducted in two phases, targeting dangerous gang members and their global financial networks. In September, ICE announced the results of the first phase of this operation which netted 53 arrests in El Salvador at the conclusion of an 18-month investigation. The second phase was conducted across the U.S. from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11, and concluded with 214 MS-13 arrests nationwide.

"MS-13 has long been a priority for ICE. However we are now combating the gang with renewed focus and an unprecedented level of cooperation among DHS's components and our domestic and international partners," said Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director. "We will not rest until every member, associate, and leader of MS-13 has been held accountable for their crimes, and those in this country illegally have been removed."

Of the total 214 arrests made in the U.S., 93 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges including murder, aggravated robbery, racketeering influenced corrupt organization (RICO) offenses, violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR) offenses, narcotics trafficking, narcotics possession, firearms offenses, domestic violence, assault, forgery, driving under the influence, and illegal entry/reentry. The remaining 121 were arrested on administrative immigration violations.

 

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