Urban gangs seen moving into suburbs

Full story: The Boston Globe

June 8, 2006 Criminal gangs, which have long had a presence in Lynn, Lawrence, and other Essex County cities, are now spreading into smaller communities, according to local law enforcement officials.
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Marie

AOL

#1 Jun 20, 2006
This is very disturbing. How do you control a gang of 600 to 800 members?? Can we put them in prisons after they commit crimes ?
Do we even have enough prisons ??
Lazy

Bridgewater, MA

#2 Sep 1, 2006
THIS AINT A PROBLEM REALLY IN SALEM OR ANY OTHER SMALLER COMMUNITIES..LYNN AND LAWRENCE DONT REALLY HAVE GANG PROBLEMS...YES THERE PRESENT BUT DONT DO MANY CRIMES AS USUALL GANGS...THE THING THERES IS TO WORRY ABOUT IS THE DRUG TRADA
Jim

Salem, MA

#3 Sep 25, 2006
well theres been a rash of punk gang violence here in Salem,ma and in beverly ,ma lately, its been in the newspapers and on the news , my cure to it whether its gooright or wrong is to call Marshall Law, and to take out these punk gang ourselves with the right merchandise if you get what im saying. that will definately put an end to these gangs.
Eric Walker

Southborough, MA

#4 Sep 29, 2006
Hurray when a problem starts to effect white folks in their back yard, then they take care of it! Hurray! They will find a solution to the centuries old street gang problem.
Gangs R 4 Wimps

Salem, MA

#5 Oct 11, 2006
Stfu you piece of sh!t eric Walker you nignog the solution to ending gangs is to simply kill em off, and thats really easy if you take em out 1 by 1 since they cant always be together all the time.

Since: Apr 07

Haverhill, MA

#6 Apr 20, 2007
As a middle school teacher who works in Lawrence but came after teaching for five years in the Bronx, the gang problem here is small. A bunch of kids calling themselves the (fill in the street) street gang. When I was growing up in Lawrence, in the 80's, there were the Bailey St. gang, Black Demons, Latin Gestapo, and a few other smaller gangs. Most kids called themselves a gang if they hung out together and decided to have each other's back. But after the Latin King takedown, we need to look at this problem. Larger gangs want Lawrence, it is the doorway to controlling the dissemination of drugs to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont due to its vicinity to I-93, 495, 95, and 87. Lawrence is not the Bronx, and does not run like it, but there are many that wouldn't mind if it did, waiting to take over. We have to be proactive and not allow a hold on this wonderfully diverse city by a bunch of hoodlums that are not wanted. Lawrence parents and residents do not want gangs here and many will do what they can and help police to make sure it doesn't happen. But Lawrence is too powerful of a draw for these gangs, and if unchecked, will end up here, controlling and causing the havoc the Latin Kings did in the '90's. We feel safe, but the city streets are getting restless, a lot of hopelessness among our youth who feel the American dream cannot happen to them no matter how hard they work. (80 percent of Lawrence residents come from another country) Imagine when they here how much hate people have for immigrants, legal and illegal, how it attacks that hope. By the time our students reach high school, many have no hope left. And the promise of a lot of quick money and protection is a big draw. The key to this problem is working with the youth (Boys and Girls club does a fantastic job) and keeping their hope alive. Also, police in gang expertise working with the youth, especially as they enter high school. Lawrence has improved, crime is down, test scores are up, and the drop out rate is decreasing, let's roll on this progress and keep plugging away. I can't wait for the day all my students feel hope as the enter high school and realize they too can accomplish the american dream.
billy

Newburyport, MA

#7 Sep 18, 2007
kids see movies and listen to songs which is makes them feel like they want want, like its cool. salem, lawarence, lynn, lowell, boston, springfield all have gangs. Its just they way it is they will never kill someone they dont have the balls
intervention

Methuen, MA

#9 Sep 21, 2007
There are many programs that are being funded so we can help our youth from Violence and to give them choices that they didn't have before. When young kids don't have any choices or parents the will lead them to make the right choice and support them in there time of needs kids will turn to the street and in the street they will think they are a family. A family that we provide shelter, attention, money and protection. What they don't realize is that all that family comes with a price. That price is either to sell drugs hurt others or become the drug user. Sociality is so quick to judge and get rid of the problem, but they don't take the time to come up with a solution that will help and empower the youth to really think for themself and look forward in the future with out crime and drugs. It does not matter where the gang actitives are weather in lawence or intercities, they are everyone. We need to stop being judgemently and come up with a solution, because this gangs could be your own children.
bobo

Newburyport, MA

#10 Sep 21, 2007
weiner
WHONEEDSCOONSAND SPICS

Sandy Spring, MD

#11 Aug 28, 2008
KILL EM ALL !!!
DIRTY FILTHY SMELLY USELESS SCUMBAGS.
GANGS ARE FOR LOSERS THAT NEED PROTECTION
J spicee

Salem, MA

#12 Oct 9, 2008
white people think a gang is just a group of kids of color that hang out and dress in somethin other than abercrombie its stupid. Me and my friends cant go anywhere with out gettin crazy looks...
Cancer Patient

Boston, MA

#13 Oct 10, 2008
what street can an uninsured cancer patient go to get some meds?
gang expert

Houston, TX

#14 Oct 18, 2009
here list of gangs in boston
westies
winter hill gang
charlestown mob
Almighty Popes
Insane Northside Popes
Insane Southside Popes
Almighty Krazy Getdown Boys
Almighty Noble Knights
Simon City Royals
tanglewood boys
south brooklyn boys
RealGangExpert

Providence, RI

#15 Nov 3, 2009
Gangs will never be controlled. There is always someone that their families are close with, that creates, maintains, and establishes a known presence and streets. The street becomes their families. Therefore when someone has a problem its only logical your family will help you. Death is nothing when someone is trying to kill you. Or you kill them, or they kill you. It's something you have to be in the streets to understand. I think, the police should put as much cameras up in every city as possible. The more proof there is the better its controlled. In NY its like that, why can't they do it here? or anywhere esle? They'll rather buy 3 years worth of paper toilet then invest on something thats logical. They'll only worry about it when one of their kids get killed.(The cops, politicians, or that dad/mom that doesn't care about nothing)

This is a lawrence native that now resides in NY. Believe me, once there is proof, dudes in gangs call down. They dont want to go to jail.
jay

Beverly, MA

#16 Dec 15, 2009
everyone looks at white people lile they are weak or lame or something. Tell that to the bunches of neo natzi skinheads and kkk's and they will be happy to come ballroom dancing with you.
Whitey Bulger

Westfield, MA

#17 Dec 19, 2009
Cancer Patient wrote:
what street can an uninsured cancer patient go to get some meds?
Call Boston Medical Center...They have lots of free services. What kind of medicine do you need?
Carmen

Manorville, NY

#18 Jan 28, 2010
billy wrote:
kids see movies and listen to songs which is makes them feel like they want want, like its cool. salem, lawarence, lynn, lowell, boston, springfield all have gangs. Its just they way it is they will never kill someone they dont have the balls
Problem is some adult that support 81 make a bad example for children.

Stop the delusion the conclusion is clear Hells angels have harmed raped molested and murdered to many American women and children to be supported

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/hackensack-nj...

Ha and the men they date are cowards that cannot fight men. only the weak chicken heads of the hells angels run in a flock and cannot face men . Even as a flock you are Owned . You can not hide behind your fake name as every one sees you are plain weak and can be pissed on by anyone that see through your act.
elhijode

North Andover, MA

#19 Mar 20, 2010
Imsnilloc wrote:
As a middle school teacher who works in Lawrence but came after teaching for five years in the Bronx, the gang problem here is small. A bunch of kids calling themselves the (fill in the street) street gang. When I was growing up in Lawrence, in the 80's, there were the Bailey St. gang, Black Demons, Latin Gestapo, and a few other smaller gangs. Most kids called themselves a gang if they hung out together and decided to have each other's back. But after the Latin King takedown, we need to look at this problem. Larger gangs want Lawrence, it is the doorway to controlling the dissemination of drugs to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont due to its vicinity to I-93, 495, 95, and 87. Lawrence is not the Bronx, and does not run like it, but there are many that wouldn't mind if it did, waiting to take over. We have to be proactive and not allow a hold on this wonderfully diverse city by a bunch of hoodlums that are not wanted. Lawrence parents and residents do not want gangs here and many will do what they can and help police to make sure it doesn't happen. But Lawrence is too powerful of a draw for these gangs, and if unchecked, will end up here, controlling and causing the havoc the Latin Kings did in the '90's. We feel safe, but the city streets are getting restless, a lot of hopelessness among our youth who feel the American dream cannot happen to them no matter how hard they work.(80 percent of Lawrence residents come from another country) Imagine when they here how much hate people have for immigrants, legal and illegal, how it attacks that hope. By the time our students reach high school, many have no hope left. And the promise of a lot of quick money and protection is a big draw. The key to this problem is working with the youth (Boys and Girls club does a fantastic job) and keeping their hope alive. Also, police in gang expertise working with the youth, especially as they enter high school. Lawrence has improved, crime is down, test scores are up, and the drop out rate is decreasing, let's roll on this progress and keep plugging away. I can't wait for the day all my students feel hope as the enter high school and realize they too can accomplish the american dream.
Lady please never mind the gangs.There are no gangs in Lawrence.All the crimes here are being committed by white collar criminals.And those criminal are the same ones the people elect througth dirty tricks that place them where they want to be. People have no idea what is happenning in Lawrence.We have no Mayor, NO Police Chief, no one to represent the people as a whole community.The Mayor is the mayor of the Dominican people and he is going to run this city like a republic from the third wolrd. So say good by the Constitution. Don't you know the only crime recognized in Dominican community is theft. Selling drugs, insurance fraud, money laundering and having the dead people vote in the elections are not to them crimes. Drug dealing for example is bussiness and if one from they race commint insurance fraud he is someone smart. So wake up people like they say every day in the streets and supermarkets. Dominicans own this City, from City Hall, police station, state rep, and every other agencies in town belong to them.Including all the legal and illegal bussiness, like they chant all the time. "Si se puede" I have never seen in my 89 years of life an illegal wave of immigrants more organize in a criminal way than this Dominican race.

Since: Apr 10

Salem, NH

#20 Apr 20, 2010
gangbanging isnt a color thing,its not race thing and it is a problem.i have 2 young kids that i dont want to ever even have to worry about this.i truley belive it starts with the parents,and that is another problem all together.kids raising kids.kids have to many rights now a days.you cant disiplin them in away way or they can sue you.its retarded.(sorry for the spelling as i suck at it lol)but enough with race blaming for a problem that has been around since the 1930's
SONIELL

Chula Vista, CA

#21 Oct 31, 2010
I was born and raised in Springfield, and I lived in Peabody for 10 years before moving to Los Angeles and then San Diego. I have never seen gang problems anywhere in Mass like they have in California! I'll take Mass anytime! Can't wait to retire and move back up there. Their like animals here in LA and San Diego. Worse than the Mondays back home! No regard for anyone! or any life! They just killed a cop here in San Diego this week.

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