Watsonville police nab 37 suspected taggers

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Police tapped new technology and a cadre of trained volunteers to crack down on taggers allegedly responsible for more than $50,000 in property damage.
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Curious

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#28
Apr 8, 2009
 
My appreciation for these arrests is boundless. I live in Watsonville and see how flagrant the graffiti is here. But I'm curious about something. There seems to be 15 taggers listed and 37 arrested. Are 22 underage and how do we get the laws changed or modified so that all arrested can be identified? I wonder how it might further serve and protect?
jarbee

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#29
Apr 8, 2009
 
Fantastic!

"what really bothers them is graffiti."

You got that right. Keep up the good work.
rattle

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#32
Apr 8, 2009
 
If 22 are underage, then their parents are "responsible". List the parents in the paper; show their photos. Be as stringent with these parents as you are with the adult taggers. They are a festering sore on society.
thomas

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Apr 8, 2009
 
David wrote:
I can only hope that part of the sentencing is that these misguided fools have to spend some of their valuable time cleaning public places. Make them do it in front of little kids wearing pink coveralls. This would let them know that this type of behavior is not OK. They are not MACHO at all. Have the little kids laugh at them while they are scrubbing the walls.
Only in some way such as this will these guys ever stop.
whats so macho about taggin?
thomas

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#34
Apr 8, 2009
 
rattle wrote:
If 22 are underage, then their parents are "responsible". List the parents in the paper; show their photos. Be as stringent with these parents as you are with the adult taggers. They are a festering sore on society.
the parents cant be holding their kids hand 24/7..
Freddy Mercury

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#35
Apr 8, 2009
 
$300 to security companies (private) and $1,300 to law enforcement (government)?. No wonder the county has no money. Are we still paying $20 for a nail?
Community Member

Lafayette, CA

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#36
Apr 8, 2009
 
It would be nice to see mural projects come about to beautify the city with permission! This would give street youth alternatives to positive activities. We have problems is because no one wants to get involved. Ask yourself what you are doing for the community! Get involved!
thomas

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#37
Apr 8, 2009
 
Kate wrote:
Let's just kill them...seriously.
For tagging?
Just a Suggestion

Woodland Hills, CA

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#38
Apr 8, 2009
 
How about making the convicted taggers pay for more sensors to be added to the system? Just a thought ...
Boby M

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#39
Apr 8, 2009
 
So, if the taggers are identified, are the parents of the sheet birds(gang banging children of illegal immigrants) going to cough up the cash to re-imburse the property owners and then can we have the parents and their taxpayer wasting parents removed to their home country's? Yes, before you get your panties in a bunch, I am aware there are actually a few white taggers too but the vast nmajority in Santa Cruz South county are? Yep, Hispanic!
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#40
Apr 8, 2009
 
Freddy Mercury wrote:
$300 to security companies (private) and $1,300 to law enforcement (government)?. No wonder the county has no money. Are we still paying $20 for a nail?
Someone pointed out earlier that the law enforcement model likely has more sophisticated capabilities, like maybe GPS or communication? I imagine private security companies have their own monitoring which might bring down the price.
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Apr 8, 2009
 
Community Member wrote:
It would be nice to see mural projects come about to beautify the city with permission! This would give street youth alternatives to positive activities. We have problems is because no one wants to get involved. Ask yourself what you are doing for the community! Get involved!
Well, sounds great there pal except it has been recently demonstrated if you are associaited with illegal immigrant rights groups in Watsonville, you simply create a racist offensive mural on the side of a building then when you are accused of doing so without a lawful review and permit, you cry racism and beg for forgiveness and the Hispanic controlled city leaders just let you keep your offensive mural!
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#42
Apr 8, 2009
 
John wrote:
If the operation is dubbed Operation TAG, or Target All Taggers, shouldn't it be Target all Gaggers. I mean it can't be Operation TAG if the last word starts with a "T". Or should it be called Operation TAT? Or would that mean target all tatoos?
Check the article, it's Operation "Target All Graffiti".
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#43
Apr 8, 2009
 
thomas wrote:
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whats so macho about taggin?
I do belive that to the majority of the young sheet birds involved in tagging, equate the activity as some form of macho bravado declaring their territory similar to the neighborhood dogs that go around pissing on everything to mark their little pea-brained mindset declaring their territory and/or challenging other dogs to stay out!
Jason

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#44
Apr 8, 2009
 
Obviously Corey Stephanson has no vision. Just another warmonger needing a reason to hate. Why not let the "artists" find a better outlet for expression. Maybe their skills can be put to use creating amazing murals around the county that will hi-lite the beauty and culture of Santa Cruz. Let's find an alternative, and a way for them to repay for the damages they've done. Not just turn them to a life of crime. You make the difference. You have the choice. You are, in part, responsible for the outcome and future of the beauty or ugliness these taggers may introduce into the world. DARE to Make a difference for good. If you're not part of the solution, you are the problem.
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#45
Apr 8, 2009
 
Kudos to the cops and the inventer of the spy device.It seems the fine is not enough. In a lot of cases it only means stealing overtime. They sure arnt going to ask Dad for the payback money. How about two days in jail for any tag offense.Then rub a dub scub away.
Good Idea

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#46
Apr 8, 2009
 
The city should sponsor graffiti walls in a designated area to give the youth a place to express themselves of their art rather than investing in junk technology that might not work. This county already has too much money invested in police, we need to find other alternatives.
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Apr 8, 2009
 
Boby M.
People like you are plenty in this county; scared little individuals who talk loud behind a keyboard but really don't amount to much but hot air. Get some education.
artssupporter

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#48
Apr 8, 2009
 
Unlike many of the comments here say, the tagging that these people were arrested for was NOT gang related. It quite clearly states that in the article.

Graffiti and tagging is art, and it is a shame that the community has to look down upon it and even go so far as putting people in jail for it. The styles and techniques in single-line marker tags are some of the only forms of calligraphy and hand typeface that still exist on any reasonable scale.

The bigger pieces are not only impressive because of the highly developed letter styles, but the can control, coordination, and compositional sense is amazing.

Don't believe me? Check out these pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/search/...
http://www.flickr.com/search/...

Shame on a community that prides itself on its support of the arts and it's diversity for arresting and imprisoning artists, especially targeting latino communities when there are a ton of graffiti artists from all walks of life.
rattle

Santa Cruz, CA

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#49
Apr 8, 2009
 
Good Idea wrote:
The city should sponsor graffiti walls in a designated area to give the youth a place to express themselves of their art rather than investing in junk technology that might not work. This county already has too much money invested in police, we need to find other alternatives.
The vast majority of taggers have no interest in art, murals or free expression. Obviously, the "junk" technology worked just fine, and very inexpensively, if you take into account the number of tags they don't have to clean up after these arrests.

Thomas - it would be nice if they some minimal control over their children. The rest of us must.

Pink jumpsuits are a fantastic idea!

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