Under various names, the Avenues Gang has controlled the Drew Street neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles for generations. That’s where AK-47’s were used in a wild shoot out with the LAPD just last February. Today, 500 agents swept in to serve warrants that raised the ante. Tonight: can federal prosecution succeed where local and state enforcement has failed?
FROM THIS EPISODE
In February a man was shot 17 times while protecting his 2-year old granddaughter. She was unharmed. But he was killed, and a wild shoot out took place among gang members, some using AK-47’s, and between gang members and the LAPD. It all came down in a Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood long dominated by the Drew Street clique of the Avenues Gang. Today, 500 local, state and federal officers swarmed in to serve warrants on 70 people charged with federal crimes.
Sergio Diaz, Deputy Chief of the LAPD, Commanding Officer of Operation Central Bureau
Thomas O'Brien, United States Attorney in Los Angeles
Sam Quinones, journalist and independent producer (@samquinones7)
This weekend in Northern California, 8000 lightning strikes from an electrical storm set off more than 800 fires in less than a day. The so-called “dry lightning” brought little or no rain, and an army of firefighters is still trying to bring the blazes under control.
More From Which Way, L.A.?
Which Way, LA? The Question that Won't Go Away 23 years ago, the fires of the Rodney King riots were burning and the sirens wailing when KCRW first asked, WWLA? We've been through fires, floods, earthquakes and massive social, cultural and economic change. While this is the last program titled WWLA? the question still needs to be asked. We talk with a group of important and thoughtful people about what LA has become and about the challenges to be faced in the future…as we continue.
Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
Does California Have a Double Standard for the Public's Protection? Porter Ranch and Vernon are mirror images of each other. In one, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter—just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about health risks to school children from exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant— until the federal government finally stepped in.
Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
In Malibu, a Section 8 voucher gives one man a place to live Malibu is known for ultra luxury housing, like celebrity beach mansions and hidden canyon estates. But one homeowner recently began renting a back house to the city’s first-ever Section 8… Read More
Sen. Kamala Harris on opposing Judge Kavanaugh California Senator Kamala Harris will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and she will not change her mind. “A tiger can always change its stripes. But… Read More