Sunday, July 1, 2012
Gang problem growing
From the Daily News:
Queens is plagued by dangerous street crews and it’s going to take an “army” to clamp down on them, a high-ranking NYPD official said.
Gun-toting youngsters, who identify themselves by group names like “Gang of Apes (G.O.A)” and “Pop on Site,” are growing, police officials said.
“We’re not going to wait around until the murder rate goes up 36%,” said Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor with the NYPD’s Juvenile Justice Division.
Any push to curb the crews, which are estimated to include 5,000 members citywide, must include the community and the parents, he said.
“It takes a village? No. The village is dead. It takes an army right now,” O’Connor told a youth seminar at York College on Wednesday. “This is affecting every kid out there.”
In Patrol Borough Queens South, which includes eight precincts in Queens, there have been 14 shootings this month as of June 26, according to Sgt. Luis Orsini of the Juvenile Justice Division Queens South.