GUN biggest problem in South Florida is the rise in the use of AKs

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    LAW ENFORCEMENT
    Task force targets killings linked to gangs
    The U.S. Attorney's Office unveiled a violent-crime task force that will target South Florida gangs with more manpower and resources.
    BY JAY WEAVER
    [email protected]

    Rachel Louis was an innocent bystander.

    The 17-year-old was shot to death in December while sitting in a car parked outside her boyfriend's home in North Miami Beach. Drive-by gunmen with an assault rifle sprayed it with 25 bullets.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta painted a grim picture of Louis' death on Friday in announcing the creation of a violent-crime task force that will aim to reduce South Florida's rising murder rate.

    The task force, including 15 newly assigned prosecutors, will target the expanding network of local gangs that increasingly use AK-47s as their weapon of choice. The goal: federalize more violent crimes involving guns to put offenders behind bars for longer periods -- 15 to 30 years.

    ''This is not an isolated incident,'' said Acosta, flanked by a dozen local, county and federal law enforcement officers. ``This is what's happening again and again in our neighborhoods.

    ``We have to do something about this.''

    To make his point, Acosta cited another gang-related shooting in front of the same North Miami Beach home where two victims were wounded on Wednesday. Gunmen had sprayed them with 10 rounds. Police confirmed the similarity to the December shooting.

    HAITIAN RIVALRIES

    Acosta and other law enforcement officials said the shootings in North Miami Beach stem from Haitian gang rivalries.

    Miami and other local police -- along with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives -- have focused on the escalating problem for months. Authorities believe the violence is fueled by drugs such as cocaine flowing into South Florida from Colombia via Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    ''The Haitian gangs are so violent,'' Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle said in an interview as she lamented the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004. ``It's been a real challenge for us.''

    Her office is poised to unveil a major multiple-murder case involving Haitian gangs, she said.

    In general, homicide numbers in South Florida have been numbing -- partly because of the rise in gang violence and the use of assault weapons.

    In Miami-Dade County, 258 people were shot, stabbed, beaten or otherwise killed last year. The toll represented a 40-percent increase from 2005 and a high not logged here since 1998, when there were 280 homicides.

    The spike mirrored a growing number of homicides in Broward County, which registered 95 homicides last year, up more than 50 percent from 2005 and its highest tally since 1995. Palm Beach County homicides were up 26 percent, reaching 101 last year.

    In Broward, County Sheriff Ken Jenne said local gangs know no borders.

    ''We know what happens in Dade County will affect what happens in Broward County,'' Jenne said. ``The single biggest problem in South Florida is the rise in the use of AKs.''

    Jenne said local gangs seem similar to national gangs but that they lack their organization and cover smaller territories.

    ''We have local gangs involved in narcotics, but they don't have the same structure as the Crips, the Bloods or MS-13,'' Jenne said. ``It's a turf war.''

    STEMMING INTRUSION

    Authorities said those national gangs, based in California, have not infiltrated South Florida -- but they have made their mark in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

    Said Acosta: ``We have to start doing something about this now so they don't get that foothold.''

    Sounds more like there biggest problem is immigrant (probably illegals) gangs
     
  2. gyeagle1

    gyeagle1 New Member

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    Its the Nappy Headed Ho's
     
  3. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    So, take away the ak's and the gangs will disappear? BRILLIANT!
     
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    Shouldn't they just ban gangs? :dunno:
     
  5. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    That's an even better idea.:eek3:
     
  6. Small Block LSX

    Small Block LSX BMW | N54 | LSX | Gun | PS3 | Parent | Night CREW

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    Yeah, make it illegal. Excellent!
     
  7. t1h

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    ban gangs and you won't have any gangs/crime
     
  8. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    they've already tried that and it didn't work, so now its time to get serious.
     
  9. TL1000RSquid

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    Ban hatians? :dunno:
     
  10. Ghostrider4450

    Ghostrider4450 New Member

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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    I like the fact that they are trying to enforce the existing laws, and increase the punishment for those that break them. Thats what they need to fucking do everywhere, instead of making new, dumbass laws that wont be enforced as well.
     
  11. Werm

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    Hmm... it's not the people, community, and gang culture... IT'S those damn AK's filing the innocent minds of our youth with murder thoughts.

    They need to seriously step-up punishment for brutal assults, gang related activity, murder, attempted murder, robbery, and more. If I had it my way you'd face 30-40 years or more for such atrositys.
     

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