Gang Unit Out in Full Force

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

Officer Michael McLeod with the Tallahassee Police Department's gang unit patrols areas known to be more saturated with gang activity on the south side of Tallahassee.

Officer Michael McLeod says, "We're going to go to a particular area that it is one of our gang territories, which is known for drug sales. We're going to go see if they are out there and if they are, we're going to get out and attempt to make contact with them."

Members of the Gang Unit are confident the majority of gang members in Tallahassee are already documented.

Ray Garcia with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "Our youngest gang member is 11 years old and the oldest-in his mid 20's"

The next stop- this playground off Orange Avenue that has a bad reputation as a gang hang out. "It makes it difficult for the young kids to come out to the play ground to actually have fun because of the different activities associated with it."

"Once they see the police car and see that you're stopping and getting out and they just take off running, that happens a lot of times. I'm sure they're not late for Bible study." says Officer McLeod.

Results from the Attorney Generals Gang Reduction Strategy Report released Wednesday shows the Big Bend has seen a 60 percent increase in documented gangs since 2009 ... but Law Enforcement Officers say an increase isn't necessarily a bad thing.
SGT Grady Jordan with Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "With our increase in identifying and tracking of those gang members inside the Leon County jail, we've seen an increase in numbers because of that knowledge and awareness."

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  • by Scott on Dec 25, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    Yes you all are right let's just suspend Democracy and our right to pro-create so those of us with a more optimistic and primed socio-economic status don't have to share our resources with "lesser humans".
  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Public education is a failure. Steve is correct. End the practice of paying people to have children they do not need or want.
  • by steve on Dec 23, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    quit giving tax write-offs and welfare to people for having children they cannot afford, and teach them what an event today will produce in 9 months. Some of these people have no clue they are combined.
  • by Real Location: Perry on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    It begins in the home. Parent involvement in their children's lives then family involvement in the community. Some of these gang members are lost causes. That is the harsh reality. But we as parents have to begin somewhere and the best place is right in our own homes. Pointing fingers at the past is not answer but learning from it is!
  • by Vic Location: Tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    Where are the parents? high and getting pregnant again on our dime. where is parent responsibilty? there is none because none is handed down to the next generation. Solution: tie the tubes on the first child & give that child up for adoption. tie the tubes on anyone arrested for drugs, felonies and prositution....
  • by NE Tally Location: Tally on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    Yep, Scott, it's always somebody else's fault. Don't try to make the parents responsible for raising their kids and keeping them out of trouble. Why don't you round up all the "poor oppressed" kids and take them to your house? You and Obummer can take care of them and turn them into voters.
  • by Scott on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    So couldn't you technically classify the Boy-Scouts as a gang? I'm just saying, law enforcement and other agencies fabricate this "GANG WARFARE" mentality that only exacerbates the situation. Bottom line, most of these kids have no jobs, no hope, and see none in sight. It's hard to see the white picket fence and American dream from the projects, so they go with what they know... street life. Stop pointing fingers and looking for wayward parents to blame. Those wayward parents were the people your generation turned your backs on or oppressed into poverty. Now you are reaping the effects. My advice to you if you are scared of gangs, learn some self defense AND USE IT.
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Another news outlet has a similar story but is noting that combined law enforcement agencies have identified statewide 127 gangs with total number of members of over 6,000. There were gangs in Los Angeles in the late 40s and in New York in the 50s. There are still BIG gangs in So.Cal. As I see a continued separation of sociey by political, business, legal system and wealth - this will be a situation that can only get worse.
  • by what's Location: up on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    Where are the parents? Why aren't these kids in foster care or an orphanage so they can be supervised in a responsible manner?
  • by Economic Warfare on Dec 23, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    How do gangs financially support themselves? They sell pot. That is how they get their money. Allow their customers to grow their own pot, then they will stop giving the gangs money for it. Do not allow them to sell it. Just grow their own.
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