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Gangs - Background, Federal Law, State Law, Do Anti-gang Laws Violate The Constitution?, Local Ordinances

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The rise in gang violence since the 1980s caused lawmakers to seek a variety of methods to curb the formation and activities of these gangs. According to statistics from the National Youth Gang Center, more than 24,500 gangs, consisting of more than 770,000 members, exist in about 3,330 cities in the United States. Congress spends as much as $20 billion per year in HEALTH CARE costs treating victims of gunshot wounds, and many of the incidents involving guns also involve street and other types of gangs.

A gang is sometimes difficult to define, especially in legal terms. Although gangs typically involve a congregation of individuals, primarily young males, certainly not all congregations or informal gatherings of young individuals constitute gangs. Definitions of gangs or street gangs vary among the laws governing them. Alabama law, for example, defines a "streetgang" as, "[A]ny combination, confederation, alliance, network, conspiracy, understanding, or similar arrangement in law or in fact, of three or more persons that, through its membership or through the agency of any member, engages in a course or pattern of criminal activity." Ala. Code § 13A-6-26 (2002).

Congress, state legislatures, and municipal governments have responded to the growing tide of gangs by considering a variety of bills addressing gang violence. Although efforts at the federal level have largely been unsuccessful, many states and municipalities have enacted laws designed to deter gang-related violence. Several of these statutes and ordinances have been fashioned as anti-loitering statutes, which often raise FIRST AMENDMENT concerns. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1999 made it more difficult for municipalities to draft gang loitering ordinances when it found that an ordinance such as this in the city of Chicago was unconstitutional. City of Chicago v. Morales, 527 U.S. 41, 119 S. Ct. 1849, 144 L. Ed. 2d 67 (1999).

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about 6 years ago

I am looking for a cat named "la Chris". I grew up with him in Oakland and he was the badest gangster around. He is Italian and has a stare that is straight up scary.I heard he got booted out of Cali. I was wondering if anyone knows where he went. Iheard from a few thefeds were looking at him but couldntget him.

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almost 3 years ago

stop

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almost 3 years ago

STOPP

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almost 3 years ago

these people should find out what life is and go after it - the real thing - not going after death - remember you will die by your own weapon!

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almost 3 years ago

Gangs - Background, Federal Law, State Law, Do Anti-gang Laws Violate The Constitution?, Local Ordinances

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almost 4 years ago

And we wonder why we see them on the news and don't do anything about. Its because we never put a stop to it. People are too scared to come out of their appartments or out of their homes and tell people to stop making noise and walking the streets wearing big baggy clothes,or any kind of clothes, walking in a big crowd. All of them either come in a big crowd and are noisy and obnoxious or all come in a big crowd wearing the same colored clothing. T Shirts and Hoodies. Thats usually it.

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almost 4 years ago

I understand the laws of gang violence and gang crime, but it is clearly time for it to stop. Sagging pants should be stopped completely, curfews should be more limited,big crowds of people should be watched,and trespassing through neighborhoods and standing in front of stores with lots of people need to be stopped. There are lots of gangs in the United States. Forget about gang violence, any paraphernalia of anyone should come to justice and completely be stopped. There should be no questions asked about an investigation because sometimes its too late and innocent people and families are murdered for no reason. There is no reason for a big crowd of lowd and obnoxious people should be roming through anytime of the day. Too many gangs and gang members usually don't come to justice all the way and get off easy. Lets put a stop to this now. It could be someone that you love that could be out there and getting hurt,harrased, or robbed. Lets end this from the clothes that people where.



I know from experience of how gangs operate growing up in a neighborhood and would not be ashamed to ride around in a police care and point suspects out to the authorities.



-If a person where's any kind of red material on their right side, whether it is a red banda, red shirt, or usually a red cloth material or red jewlrey or etc, means they are involved of representing the bloods.

-Same goes for Crips except they where their blue attire toward the left or maybe sometimes the crip members and the blood members can switch their right sides and left sides to try to trick you.

- Crips can also trick you by wearing alot of purple which usually means"Grape Street",orange and brown which is"Hoover Crips"

-Bloods if not wearing red may also wear alot of burgundy for "Piru",

may wear alot of green,alot of yellow, and for any gangs whether its crips or bloods, they wear alot of black and white, camouflage and big clothes.Sometimes its hard to tell who is in a gang because they vary so fast and change. Some bloods may also go under-cover as crips to kill the crips, some crips may go as bloods,to kill the bloods. Gangs can also very well be created and be a fake gang but can still be dangerous. The real ones usually have to know gang knowledge from a sheet of paper or however they can study thier knowledge.Both gangs of blood and crips are very private and won't give away any of their knowledge and will try to be uncooperative and try to avoid the subject as much as they can. Some may deny being a blood or a crip up until 5,6 or usually 8 times. Just because 5 usually represent the 5 point star for bloods, 6 usually represents the 6 point star for folks, which folks were not discussed in the passage, which can usually be identified by black and gray or one or the other, and 8 is the 8 point star for crips. I garuntee you, if you investigate any bloods or crips like this you can usually catch them in a lie and bring them to justice stopping crime in the streets if they deny it past these 5,6, and 8 time limits. Or ask as many times as you can and see how long they cooperate. If they go past the 5,6, and 8 limit rule. They usually are good. And if they find out you know that concept as the authorities, they are more than likely to change their concepts, for ex a 9 point, a 12 point, a 15 point and even bigger just so you will get tired of asking them and they can avoid you.

All of these different concepts are only just to hide their identity and still claim their gang, its still all the same but mainly they just don't want to be known as a common blood or crip. They certainly will not tell you no if you ask if they are involved of the particular question you ask about them being involved in gangs.



Gang Meetings

Usually common crips which is known as 8 Trey and common bloods are known as 9 Trey usually have what they call a meeting. Well we all know that "Trey means three for some crips and bloods. And we know the crips use 8 and bloods use 9.



-If you want to catch the crips, you very well can catch alot by going to any kind a bad or ruff environment/neighborhood on August=8/3=Trey. August 8 is where they have a gang meeting and usually invite new members to join and have their initiation day for people to fight eachother as a way of getting in. They can also, if they don't want to fight to get in can be "prayed" in the crip gang which means they just ask for permission that way but those people usually get lower rank from the ones that would normally get "banged" in by fighting their way in or getting jumped in.

-Bloods have their meeting the same way except a differnt date, 1 month from the crips. Bloods which are commonly known as 9 Trey have their meetings on September=9/3=Trey. They consist of getting afiliated the same way or just come together to sell drugs, give away and sell guns and etc. If you see these to gangs on these coincidental days standing around in front of stores,neighborhoods, or in malls fighting, these are the reasons why.



Thank you for being open to opinions. I will do my part and be a great simartan and will do any and everything I can to get involved into making ,Knightdale,Raleigh,Garner,North Carolina, and as a whole of the United states a better and comfortable place for our kids to go to school, Our families in public areas and all around a better and safe community. If you need any more kind of information to stop these kinds of crimes, please let me know and I will tell you anything you need to know.

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almost 4 years ago

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