Police Say They're Cracking Down on Gang Activity in Thomasville

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Thomasville, GA -- July 25, 2011

"I've been there. I was a little older when I got into trouble," says Thomasville resident Richard Carter.

Carter says he's making sure his two grandkids don't follow the same path he did. He took off from work on Monday to spend time with his grandsons who will eventually grow into men, but he says he wants to make sure they get the love they need so they don't have to turn to gangs.

"Some of them aren't scared of dying. They'll tell you they would die for the gang," says Carter.

I took part in a ride-along with Thomasville police. We ended up at an abandoned home tucked in weeds and trees, but inside, the walls told its story. Task Force Officer Dominic Ford explains what the different gang signs mean.

"Throwing up their gang symbols in order to disrespect the gang and let them know this is our area," says Ford.

Ford says there are hundreds of gang members in Thomas County and thousands nationwide. Stats he says he got from the National Gang Intelligence Center.

"How can we grab our kids out of gang environment? You don't want them to be in gangs," says Thomas County resident Renee Williams.
"So what can you do?"

"We have third graders talking about being a part of the gang," says Ford.

Ford says gang-related crimes are minor in Thomasville and that his agency continues to work around the clock to keep it that way.

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  • by gaboy Location: tville on Jul 26, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    crack and meth be sold openly on the streets in the communities of thomas county, they over look that cause they tired of the hassle of the same folks.... stop gangs......really..... must be getting some free money from someone....maybe ole janes coming to town......
  • by Sonja Location: Tallahassee on Jul 26, 2011 at 04:04 AM
    Jim = You do not know what you are talking about, I don't mean to be rude but when you say wannabes. There guns shoot real bullets and they can be just as hardcore as LA or St Louis. We need to work with the young to educate them of the poor choices and consequences of gang's. Deal with each on a individual basis.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    All gangs are pieces of dirt, scum that should be killed and dumped by the truckload in landfills. LUCKILY, though, our gangs (North Florida, South Georgia) are just wannabes; they'll steal you blind, but they're not hardcore like the trash in LA, or St. Louis, or Chicago.....
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Not. Treading water. Showing no success. There's a reason for this blog to be negative! The only thing that has pushed you to the back burner, and off the front page is the crime in Valdosta! Word!
  • by jhr on Jul 25, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    Jane Fonda's Thomasville has drug-dealing violent street gangs..... Nooooooo wayyyy!
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