Southland Gang Crimes on the Rise

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Homicides in Los Angeles have increased by some 25 percent over what they were at this time last year. Fifty percent or more are said to be gang related. Yesterday-s shooting at a San Pedro Post Office left a 23 year-old man in critical condition. Both he and the shooter are suspected gang members. After losing two children, neither of whom belonged to a gang, to gang violence, Charlotte Austin-Jordan established Save Our Future in Los Angeles. The gang-intervention program now has a budget of $ 400,000, with support from Bill Cosby, the First AME Church, Toyota Foundation and others. Ms. Austin-Jordan talks about the recent increase in gang homicides, dissolving gang truces, and the ongoing need for community involvement.
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Warren Olney


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