Drug's and Gang's
On The Rise"
January 30, 2009
By OWEN LEI / KING 5
SEATTLE - Gangs are a problem that is exploding in the Northwest,
especially in King County. Now we know just how many gangs and gang members are
terrorizing city streets and we've also learned that gangs are moving to the
Northwest from California.
A 48-page report says gang activity is on the
rise and gang members are responsible for as much as 80 percent of violent crime
in the Northwest.
Seattle Police sent gang unit officers to a suspected
assault Friday night at 30th Avenue and NE 137th Street. It's one of those cases
where the neighbors decline to talk on camera and, in fact, warn that we
shouldn't be asking questions in this neck of town.
The insinuation is
that this is gang territory.
Regional task force combats gangs on the
Gangs leaving marks on Skagit
The FBI just released a
national report on gang threats.
It found almost 2,100 gangs active in the northwest
United States, more than 36,000 criminally active members, and the largest
concentration in the whole region is in King County.
Several local law
enforcement agencies have officers that deal specifically with gang crimes, but
the King County Sheriff's Department,
Bellevue Police, and the FBI all
pointed us to Seattle Police, saying they deal with more gang problems than
KING 5 tried several times to reach Seattle Police, but our
calls were not returned.
But in December, speaking on KING 5's Up Front,
Chief Gil Kerlikowske acknowledged a resurgence in gang activity
"But I don't think given what we're seeing that people need
to run or hide or be in fear," he said.
He said the reason was that the
violence tends to be between gangs.
"There are two gangs in South King
County and in Seattle Central District that have been battling with each other,
and we're doing
everything we can along with all the other police
departments to put a stop to it," he said.
The national report also talks
about trends saying more and more California-based gangs are making their way
here clashing with existing groups and even moving into the suburbs.
report concludes that these trends may continue.
Some local gang unit
officers did talk with us off-camera. They said they were not surprised at the
They stress that their responsibilities, along with patrolling
the streets, is to talk regularly to elementary-age kids about the
consequences of joining a gang.
Saturday's Seattle Times will profile
a member of the Deuce 8's - a Central District gang. You can read how his
struggles to leave the gang lifestyle may land him back behind bars.
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