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22 Injured in Shooting at New Jersey Arts Festival

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:45

The 24-hour “Art All Night Trenton 2018” arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey turned violent just before three in the morning on Sunday when gunfire suddenly erupted.

At least two gunmen opened fire, injuring 22 people, including a 13-year-old boy, according to the Washington Post.

A responding police officer fatally shot one of the suspects — the other gunman was arrested.

The shooting is believed to be gang-related.

“We believe it was a dispute between two neighborhoods that led to violence at the event. In no way was the event the target, it just happened to be the forum for the shooting,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told ABC News.

 

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NYPD Defends Database of Suspected Gang Members

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:09

The New York Police Department sent detectives to a City Council meeting on Wednesday to deliver a message to the governing body that the database they use to keep track of gang members is essential in keeping gang violence tamped down.

According to a report by the New York Post, the detectives used three videos to demonstrate “the mayhem gangs can inflict on this city.”

“We show these three to really illustrate a picture is worth a thousand words,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. “This is the reality of what we see and what we strive to combat with our precision policing techniques.”

Detectives said that “90 percent of the people in the database have been arrested for at least one felony and 50 percent have been arrested for at least one robbery,” according to The Post.

 

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ATF Agent Shot, Critically Injured in Undercover Operation

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:07

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot during an operation Thursday, the agency said.

Agents from the Chicago Field Division were "ambushed" while conducting an undercover operation in Gary, IN, ATF Agent Brendan Iber said in a news conference, reports CNN.

"One of our agents was shot multiple times and was transported to the Methodist Hospital here at Northlake campus," Iber said.

The wounded agent was in critical but stable condition, Iber added.

Iber declined to elaborate, citing the investigation. "But I would want to thank the law enforcement community, the hospital staff and the public for the outpouring of support we've received so far," he said.

The FBI's gang response investigative team responded to the scene to assist ATF, FBI Indianapolis Public Affairs Specialist Chris Bavender said. The Indiana State Police are also investigating.

 

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Video: FBI Raids Target Mexican Mafia's L.A. Jail Drug Trafficking

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:43

Video: FBI Raids Target Mexican Mafia's L.A. Jail Drug Trafficking

Authorities arrested dozens of people Wednesday in a multi-agency dragnet targeted at a Los Angeles County jail drug trafficking scheme controlled by the Mexican mafia, reports CBS LA.

Multiple warrants were served as part of Operation Dirty Thirds, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. "Dirty thirds" was in reference to the third of jail drugs or profits that had to be paid to the mafia by non-members.

"These cases have delivered a major blow to the Mexican Mafia and leaders of many of the street gangs under the control of the organization," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said at a news conference to announce the arrests. "By taking out the gang members who control the jails, and by disrupting their communications network, we undermined the Mexican Mafia's ability to coordinate street gang activity."

The indictments said the gang enriched itself through drug sales, collecting taxes on drugs, and even collecting a share of purchases from the jail commissary. It was able to exert control by threatening and carrying out violence if people didn't pay up or follow the rules.

More than 500 personnel from various law enforcement agencies executed the takedown, taking into custody 32 defendants charged in two federal racketeering indictments that name 83 defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

 

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