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reducing summer youth gang violence


jon murray, the denver postthe rev. leon kelly discusses plans by open door youth gang alternatives and the east side community partnership to have weekly gatherings aimed at preventing summer violence during the kick-off event june 3 outside st. charles recreation center in northeast denver. standing with him are several relatives of murder victims.pastors, street-outreach teams and family members of victims tend to gather in the aftermath of a new killing to call for an end to youth violence.on saturday, no recent outrage served as a motivating force. but at a community cookout northeast of downtown denver, organizers including the rev. leon kelly — a figure in denver anti-gang efforts for decades — said that was the point.denver’s northeast neighborhoods have seen recent drops in crime.






4 bodies found in new york park near area of gang violence


central islip, n.y. — the bodies of four men, all described as having suffered "significant trauma," were discovered in a park in a suburban new york neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence.the victims, who were not immediately identified, were found in a wooded area near a recreation center in central islip, east of new york city.justin meyers, assistant to the suffolk county police commissioner, said thursday that the killings all appeared to be "recent homicides."the discovery of the bodies comes about a month after the arrest of eight ms-13 gang members in connection with the september killings of two teenage girls in nearby brentwood.meyers declined to comment on whether the killings of the four men were gang-related.gang violence has been a p






when will ald. lopez fight for the neighborhoods he represents?


ald. raymond lopez’s remarks that “no innocent lives were lost” at a shooting during a memorial in brighton park last week are not only disrespectful to the families of those who passed, but they are also divisive, repugnant and facile. they create an “us versus them” narrative, which shames, bullies and blames the community for harboring a culture of violence without a real analysis as to why youth join gangs.lopez is under the impression that if only the community stops fearing gangs and starts collaborating with the police, our problem with gangs would be solved. this is an overly simplistic view of the problem of gang violence. gang violence exists primarily because there is a severe systematic disinvestment in our communities and leaders like lopez refuse to address the real systems o






trump officials visit san diego border, blast sanctuary jurisdictions for not he


attorney general jeff sessions said at a friday appearance at the u.s.-mexico border in san diego that sanctuary cities and counties that don’t cooperate with federal officials by handing over unauthorized immigrants who have committed crimes “put criminals back on your streets.”in his remarks, sessions repeatedly drew a connection between the damage done by violent street gangs and what he called lax immigration policies that allow some gang members to remain in the country even when they could be deported.he made an explicit reference to escondido, saying the city is in the midst of an increase in street gang violence.“as you know too well here, escondido’s gang violence has jumped recently between two rival gangs warring for turf — more shootings, more guns, more neighborhoods terrorize






rep. peter king planning central islip meeting on gang violence


advertisement | advertise on newsdayon tuesday, april 18, 2017, officials gathered in central islip to discuss solutions for halting the pervasive gang violence that has taken the lives of several victims in the past few months. rep. peter king will hold congressional hearings in central islip on gang violence and ms-13’s role, he told anxious community members at a meeting in the hamlet tuesday night — less than a week after the bodies of four young men were found in a nearby park.king (r-seaford) spoke during a meeting of the central islip coalition of good neighbors, a monthly gathering to discuss community issues....






suffolk top cop testifies before congress on ms-13 gang


washington - suffolk county police commissioner timothy sini testified before a senate panel wednesday morning, telling lawmakers that the ms-13 street gang has been linked to 17 homicides in the past 17 months in suffolk and has preyed on “our most vulnerable, the young people.”sini testified before the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee, saying he welcomed the opportunity to work with the panel to figure out ways to eradicate the gang from communities.most popularthe commissioner said that since jan. 1, 2016, 17 of 45 homicides have been linked to ms-13. there are “about 400 identified ms-13 gang members” in suffolk, with a median age of 18. see alsomore coveragein his testimony, sini mentioned the two best friends who grew up together in brentwood — kayla cuevas






ballyhooed chicago 'gang summit' moved to d.c.


meet the mystery chicago 'top gang thug' whose anti-violence efforts trump praisedannie sweeney and jason meisnertorrence cooks was stunned last week when he saw a cleveland-area pastor tell president donald trump on live tv that "top gang thugs" in chicago wanted to work with the new administration to quell the city's relentless gun violence.a self-styled anti-violence activist, cooks could hardly believe...torrence cooks was stunned last week when he saw a cleveland-area pastor tell president donald trump on live tv that "top gang thugs" in chicago wanted to work with the new administration to quell the city's relentless gun violence.a self-styled anti-violence activist, cooks could hardly believe... (annie sweeney and jason meisner)






missouri does youth corrections the right way; it’s past time for colorado to do


thinkstock by getty imagesa coalition of children’s advocates, including the aclu, disability law center, and public defender, just released the results of an investigation into colorado’s division of youth corrections (dyc). it is a brutal exposé and a stinging indictment of a system in crisis, a system plagued by violence and mistreatment, a system that routinely uses solitary confinement and the intentional infliction of pain on children.despite the best intentions of youth corrections leaders across the country, most youth facilities still operate more like prisons than rehabilitation centers. colorado’s dyc is no exception.certainly our leaders have made some changes. they describe adopting the sanctuary model, trauma-informed care and positive behavior supports. the legislature has h






'making of a gangsta' film to be shown


“making of a gangsta,” a movie featuring gang members explaining why they joined gangs, will be shown at 7 p.m. march 9 at the santa clara county office of education, 1290 ridder park dr., san jose.film director adam t. ybarra, a native of east san jose and former team chaplain for the oakland raiders, will introduce the film and discuss it afterward.  the 58-minute documentary illustrates the transformation of youth. ybarra interviewed former gang members, family members and youth living in gang-dominated neighborhoods.the showing is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. registration is required at http://bayareane.ws/2lxfglr.the film also will be shown at 4 p.m. march 11 at the berryessa library, 3355 noble ave., san jose.






cardinal cupich unveils anti-violence initiative


fulfilling a promise to address the city's escalating violence, chicago cardinal blase cupich unveiled a number of new initiatives tuesday with the blessing of pope francis in the form of a letter to the chicago church."the causes of the violence we are seeing in our city are complex and deep seated, but i have a strong belief based on the good will and the many dedicated efforts of our civic and religious leaders that these causes can be addressed and the suffering can end if we all work together," cupich said at a news conference at the peace corner youth center, a youth center in the austin neighborhood founded 15 years ago by a catholic priest. "bolstered by the encouragement of the holy father, we are dedicated to creating a framework for peace building in our city."the unprecedented






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayms-13 gang and other graffiti on east third street in bay shore. (credit: james carbone) albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that include creating stronger felonies for gang activity and recruitment of members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will mandate “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher and potentially longer prison...






state bill targets “culture of violence” at division of youth corrections – the


new legislation would require the colorado division of youth corrections to phase out the use of straitjackets and pain-compliance techniques including knee strikes and neck pressure points, setting up a pilot program to test policies that are more therapeutic than punitive.the bill, which also proposes renaming the system the division of youth services, takes aim at the “culture of violence” described in a report released last month that said the division is unsafe for teens behind bars but also for staff. the proposal from rep. pete lee, d-colorado springs, focuses on creating a pilot program within the division that would lead the way in phasing out use of restraints, pain compliance techniques and asking youth to restrain other youth.the report from the colorado child safety coalition






cardinal cupich unveils initiatives with pope's blessing to combat violence


fulfilling a promise to address the city's escalating violence, chicago cardinal blase cupich unveiled a number of new initiatives tuesday with the blessing of pope francis in the form of a letter to the chicago church."the causes of the violence we are seeing in our city are complex and deep-seated, but i have a strong belief based on the goodwill and the many dedicated efforts of our civic and religious leaders that these causes can be addressed and the suffering can end if we all work together," cupich said at a news conference at the peace corner youth center, a youth center in the south austin neighborhood founded 15 years ago by a catholic priest. "bolstered by the encouragement of the holy father, we are dedicated to creating a framework for peace building in our city."the unprecede






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader say


albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that includes creating new felonies for those participating in gang activity or recruiting new members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will include provisions for “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher and potentially longer sentences — for felonies committed as part of gang activity, as well create an array of new felonies. it would create a “gang prevention” curriculum to be available for schools and a “criminal street gang prevention fund” to help subsidize non-profit organizations working on gang deterrence.the senate is expected to take up the legislative package monday afternoon.see alsowatch t






el salvador sentences 7 gang members for killing of 11


san salvador, el salvador — a court in el salvador has sentenced seven gang members to 390 years each for the march 2016 killings of 11 people.wednesday's sentences of 35 years per victim are largely symbolic since el salvador's maximum sentence is 35 years.the killings of eight electrical company workers and three farmers shocked the nation, and weeks later spurred the government's crackdown on street gangs.the killers belong to the barrio 18 gang and were looking to kill members of the rival mara salvatrucha gang. but they came across three farm workers and eight electrical workers, who were apparently slain in a case of mistaken identity or to eliminate any witnesses.in october, two under-aged gang members were sentenced to five and 15 years in a youth correctional facility for the kill






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader says


albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that include creating stronger felonies for gang activity and recruitment of members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will mandate “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher and potentially longer prison terms — for felonies committed during gang activity, and load up an array of new felonies. it would create a “gang prevention” curriculum to be available for schools and a “criminal street gang prevention fund” to help subsidize nonprofit organizations working on gang deterrence.most popularthe senate is expected to take up the legislative package monday afternoon. datali crime statsthe republican-led sen






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader says


albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that include creating stronger felonies for gang activity and recruitment of members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will mandate “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher and potentially longer prison terms — for felonies committed during gang activity, and load up an array of new felonies. it would create a “gang prevention” curriculum to be available for schools and a “criminal street gang prevention fund” to help subsidize nonprofit organizations working on gang deterrence.most popularthe senate is expected to take up the legislative package monday afternoon. datali crime statsthe republican-led sen






brentwood to get $300g in gang-fighting funds, official says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayassemblyman phil ramos, right, speaks while holding a check with strong youth executive director rahsmia zatar in brentwood on thursday, may 11, 2017. (credit: sarah armaghan) state assemb. phil ramos on thursday announced $300,000 in state money that will go toward fighting gangs in the brentwood area.ramos (d-brentwood) promoted a “holistic” effort in addressing the gang problem, one that offers at-risk youth positive alternatives to steer them away from gangs and also focuses on policing.he cited the previously secured $2 million for a spray park at brentwood’s...






brentwood to get $300g in gang-fighting funds, official says


state assemb. phil ramos on thursday announced $300,000 in state money that will go toward fighting gangs in the brentwood area.ramos (d-brentwood) promoted a “holistic” effort in addressing the gang problem, one that offers at-risk youth positive alternatives to steer them away from gangs and also focuses on policing.advertisement | advertise on newsdayhe cited the previously secured $2 million for a spray park at brentwood’s roberto clemente park and $1 million for license-plate readers for police.“after school programs are needed, but when a young person turns 18, a basketball team won’t keep them out of trouble,” ramos said at a news conference in brentwood. similarly, he said, laws and enforcement are important, but they do not “solve the gang problem.”given the “increase in gang viol






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayms-13 gang and other graffiti on east third street in bay shore, only blocks away from where 16-year-old joel nieves, 16, was shot and left in critical condition in bay shore. (credit: james carbone) albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that includes creating stronger felonies for those participating in gang activity or recruiting members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will include provisions for “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher...






residents erase graffiti, clean up brentwood, central islip


nearly 400 people fanned out through brentwood and central islip saturday to paint over graffiti, pick up trash and beautify communities that residents say too often are known primarily for gang violence.“there are so many positive things that happen in our community, but only the negative things get magnified, not the positive,” said maxima castro, 58, of brentwood, who has participated in each of the seven annual cleanups.most popularthe event has its roots in a 2010 graffiti-removal project that the following year turned into a general cleanup, said marcos maldonado, co-founder of the clean streets committee, which with nonprofits uplift brentwood and youth enrichment services organizes the event. local businesses donate cleanup materials and food.residents often are afraid to remove or






doj will crack down on violent gangs, jeff sessions says


attorney general jeff sessions says the justice department will crack down on violent gangs.“under president trump, the justice department has zero tolerance for gang violence,” sessions told a meeting with federal law enforcement officials to discuss ways to combat organized crime.sessions on tuesday called out one organization in particular, the ms-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in long island. sessions is to say in prepared remarks before the organized crime council that gangs like ms-13 “represent one of the gravest threats to american safety.” he says tougher enforcement of immigration and border crimes will curb gang activity. and he says cities that protect people in the country illegally make efforts to fight gang violence mo






state senate to pass anti-gang bill monday, majority leader says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county police at the pilgrim phychiatric center in brentwood on thursday, sept. 22, 2016, where they searched for more remains in a wooded area which police believe are gang related homicides. (credit: james carbone) albany — as local law enforcement struggles with the explosion of gang violence on long island, the state senate intends to pass a series of “anti-gang” measures monday that include creating stronger felonies for gang activity and recruitment of members, according to majority leader john flanagan.a new bill will mandate “enhanced” sentences — that is, tougher and potentially longer prison...






officials: ms-13 gang members charged in murders of brentwood teen girls


advertisement | advertise on newsdayeight ms-13 street gang members were taken into custody by law enforcement officers on thursday, march 2, 2017, and have been charged by federal prosecutors with a host of racketeering crimes, including the september 2016 killings of two teenage girls in brentwood and the separate slaying of a fellow gang member.eight members of the ms-13 street gang “whose primary mission is murder” have been indicted in the killings of two teenage brentwood girls and a fellow gang member — part of a wave of violence that has terrorized the community.“for far too long on long island, members of the ms-13 have been meting out their own death penalty,” robert capers, u.s. attorney for the eastern district, said at...






funeral held for ny teen slain in suspected gang violence


east patchogue, n.y. — a funeral has been held for one of four young men found brutally slain in a long island park in what police suspect was the work of the ms-13 street gang.about 200 mourners, many of them young, attended the mass on wednesday in east patchogue (pach'-awg) for 16-year-old justin llivicura (yee-vee-kuhr'-uh).the rev. martin curtin says llivicura was a "nice, solid kid" with a passion for working on cars. his family is active in the parish. llivicura attended a youth group there with his sister.police kept a low-key presence around st. joseph the worker church. so far, they have not identified any suspects.the killings last week are among 11 that have struck the working-class immigrant communities of brentwood and central islip (eye'-slihp), on eastern long island, since






guardian angels to expand on li to fight gang ‘cancer’


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycurtis sliwa, founder and ceo of the guardian angels, called on community residents, guardian angels members and youth programs to work together to fight the ms-13 street gang's violence in areas such as brentwood, central islip and north bay shore. he spoke at a gathering at the brentwood public library on thursday, may 25, 2017.the guardian angels announced plans thursday for a community-based approach across brentwood, central islip and north bay shore to help “extract the cancer” that is ms-13 plaguing the area.in september, the guardian angels started a local chapter after the bodies of two teenage girls, kayla cuevas, 16, and her best friend, nisa mickens, 15, were found in brentwood, crimes that rocked the...






slain teen’s father is running for brentwood school board


advertisement | advertise on newsdayrobert s. mickens, the father of nisa mickens, is shown on stahley street in brentwood on april 20, 2017, at the site where his 15-year-old daughter was the victim of gang violence in september 2016. he is running for a seat on the brentwood school board. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara) robert mickens’ pain was an open wound when he attended a vigil in remembrance of his daughter, nisa mickens, 15, and her friend kayla cuevas, 16, a few days after they were killed last september in a brutal act of gang violence in brentwood’s streets.he spoke to high school kids that evening to say that “things don’t have to be like this” and that violence could be stopped.the heartwarming...






slain teen’s father is running for brentwood school board


advertisement | advertise on newsdayrobert s. mickens, the father of nisa mickens, is shown on stahley street in brentwood on april 20, 2017, at the site where his 15-year-old daughter was the victim of gang violence in september 2016. he is running for a seat on the brentwood school board. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara) robert mickens’ pain was an open wound when he attended a vigil in remembrance of his daughter, nisa mickens, 15, and her friend kayla cuevas, 16, a few days after they were killed last september in a brutal act of gang violence in brentwood’s streets.he spoke to high school kids that evening to say that “things don’t have to be like this” and that violence could be stopped.the heartwarming...






lifers deserve proposition 57 chance at early parole


in november, 64 percent of california voters passed a proposition to allow early parole for qualifying non-violent offenders. but proposition 57 also permits accelerating parole for prisoners who committed violent crimes by giving more good-time credits for exceptionally good behavior.some fear that paroling reformed violent offenders will increase violent crime rates, but the people the proposition would affect can actually reduce violence. they can reach youth caught in cycles of violence and save them.when i was 19 years old, a violent felon saved me. he was a skeletal man in his 50’s with fingertips that were blunt and burned from hard labor and the hot glass of crack pipes. he’d been a high-ranking militant and former prison hit man decades ago.i was a depressed teenager with father i






police: spike in seattle shootings driven by gang grudges


rather than traditional gang battles, police are dealing with retaliatory shootings set off by personal disputes. they plan to counteract the violence by increasing patrols and targeting the most dangerous offenders.seattle has seen an uptick in shootings through mid-may, driven in part by personal disputes between gang members that trigger a cycle of violence, a police official told the city council’s public-safety committee wednesday. there have been 35 people shot during that period with three fatalities, compared to 27 with five fatalities at this point last year, said lt. marc garth green, who oversees the gang unit.of the 35 shot this year, there appears to be six unintended victims, although that number is not definite, according to police officials.the number of reports of shots fi






the hunt for ms-13 gang expands locally in new york


attorney general jeff sessions is aiming to take on an transnational gang that has tabs kept by the fbi. this past friday (april 28), sessions said he wants to “devastate” ms-13, who are thought to be blamed for the surge in murders.the most dangerous thing about the transnational gang is that they “engage in violence for sport,” declares police commissioner timothy sini. in a hearing for an alleged murder, for example, two ms-13 members reportedly laughed and smiled into the cameras.read: four teens found mutilated in long islandthe gang first formed in la during the ’80s, but has seen more than 7,000 of its members arrested within the last 10 years. now, more than 10,000 ms-13 members are in existence in at least 40 states.police believe that the gang’s comeback is due in part to the rec






pete king hopes to invite donald trump to brentwood


advertisement | advertise on newsdayrep. peter king at trump tower in manhattan on dec. 15, 2016. (credit: charles eckert) rep. peter king (r-seaford) says he hopes to invite president donald trump to brentwood to see the impact of gang violence after ms-13 members were indicted in three killings there. during a telephone town hall he held wednesday night, a brentwood woman identified as rose kelty said the community had suffered for years from gang violence and that trump should meet parents of those killed.“i’ll...






king county is jailing fewer youths, making some progress on racial disparity


while the debate about king county’s new proposed youth jail and courthouse continues, the county announced friday that it is continuing to make strides in reducing the number of youths who are incarcerated. it also announced modest progress in reducing racial disparities.the number of youth incarcerated in king county fell by 16 percent last year and the percentage of youths of color who were incarcerated, while still disproportionately high, fell as well, county officials announced friday.the change comes as the county continues to move forward on the construction of a new youth jail and courthouse, despite prominent protests and challenges from local activists who object to youth incarceration.there were, on the average day, 51 kids in detention in king county last year, a decrease from






chicago alderman stands by comments despite gang threats, police protection


the southwest side alderman who's under police protection after being threatened by gang members is standing by his statement that "no innocent lives were lost" in a brighton park mass shooting and says he will continue to speak out against the violence plaguing his ward.ald. raymond lopez, 15th, said the chicago police department posted officers at his home, office "and when i'm out in public if it's something that needs to be there," after what officials termed "credible threats" from gang members."we'll be discussing how much longer this additional support is required, but i know that's not going to stop me from doing my job, being out in the community," lopez said at city hall tuesday.the alderman made his "no innocent lives were lost" comment sunday night after two people were killed






‘there’s going to be a lot of dead gangsters’: inside king county’s surging gang


police attribute a troubling increase in gang-related shootings from seattle to south king county to warring hispanic gangs, including some that previously got along. “i’m very concerned about this heating up in the summer months,” says federal way’s mayor.arturo marcial-alvarez’s face was covered with a blue bandanna and he had a stolen revolver in his waistband when he was intercepted by two king county sheriff’s detectives in february as he got off a metro bus.the detectives, who were also on the bus, noticed him reaching for his waist while glaring at another man who was stepping off the coach, court records say.“looks like we just missed some gang stuff,” one detective texted the other before they arrested the 19-year-old for carrying a concealed pistol, according to court records.whe






obamas pledge $2 million for summer jobs, apprenticeships


barack and michelle obama are donating $2 million toward two chicago programs that provide summer jobs and apprenticeships, setting the stage for the coming obama presidential center's mission to help employ and train south side youth.one summer chicago, which is the city's summer jobs program, and the chicagoland workforce funder alliance, a collaboration of foundations and corporate funders focused on employment equity, each will receive $1 million from the obamas.the former president made the donation announcement wednesday when unveiling early design plans for the obama presidential center, a complex with a museum, library and public park to be built over the next four years in south shore's jackson park.while the center itself aims to boost employment in the community — through jobs,






iran retaliates, canada opens arms after trump immigration ban


closeskip in skipxembedxshare iran says u.s. citizens are no longer welcome in the country. buzz60protesters rally during a demonstration against the immigration ban at john f. kennedy international airport on jan. 28, 2017 in new york city.(p o: stephanie keith, getty images)world leaders reacted harshly urday to president trump's executive order suspending immigration and visas for citizens from certain countries with majority muslim populations. iran, one of the targeted nations, suggested it would limit issuing visas to american tourists.trump on friday suspended all refugee admissions to the u.s. for four months and banned the entry of syrian refugees indefinitely pending a security review meant to ensure terrorists cannot slip through vetting. trump also issued a 90-day ban on all en