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Latest Stories The Bonus: Devon Alexander escaped streets of St. Louis to become boxing champupdated: Tue May 11 2010 18:38:00

Behind a metal detector at the entrance to the Marquette Recreation Center, a middle-aged secretary sits at the front desk, crying. A boy she knew, a 19-year-old amateur boxer named Darnell Mason, had been standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed in a drive-by. Three other people were shot: one in the arm, one in the leg and one in the face. The bullet that killed Mason went through his left eye.

Police close in on suspects in booby traps targeting gang task forceupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 16:21:00

Police in California say that with the arrests of 23 people this week, they are getting closer to those responsible for a string of brazen attacks against officers in a gang task force.

U.S. jailer was target in Juarez killings, officials sayupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 17:50:00

An American jailer was the target in the shooting deaths of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexican officials said.

Booby traps targeting California police lead to $200K reward offerupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 23:12:00

A string of "brazen attempts" to kill members of a gang task force in Riverside, California, has led to a $200,000 reward for information.

Three more arrested in filmmaker's killing in El Salvadorupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 03:58:00

Three Salvadoran gang members were arrested Monday in connection with the killing of French filmmaker Christian Poveda last June, police said.

Alleged gang members in Maryland indicted on racketering chargesupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 01:25:00

Federal authorities have charged 19 alleged members of the violent street gang Latin Kings in raids in Maryland, and arrested those not already jailed on other charges, officials announced Thursday.

FBI: Alleged hit man changes appearanceupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 12:12:00

Eduardo Ravelo is described as a "ruthless killer" who has gone to great lengths to avoid law enforcement while contributing to the bloodshed that terrorizes the border between Texas and Mexico.

Gang member joins FBI's Most Wantedupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 12:11:00

Joe Saenz rubbed his hands together and smiled as he walked up to a Los Angeles County, California, home.

Alleged hit man changes appearance, FBI saysupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 21:49:00

Eduardo Ravelo is described as a "ruthless killer" who has gone to great lengths to avoid law enforcement while contributing to the bloodshed that terrorizes the border between Texas and Mexico.

Gang member latest to join FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives listupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 13:17:00

Joe Saenz rubbed his hands together and smiled as he walked up to a Los Angeles County, California, home.

Power vacuum fuels vicious drug warupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 15:46:00

A young man with tattoos covering one arm rolls hundreds of marijuana joints in the half-light of a shack, perched on a hillside in a Medellin slum.

Medellin gripped by drug warupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 15:46:00

Pablo Escobar's hometown is gripped by a cocaine-fueled gang war. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports from the front line.

CNN Heroes: Efren Peñafloridaupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:28:00

Efren Peñaflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education.

Pushcart classes help break gang chainupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:28:00

At 16, Rhandolf Fajardo reflects on his former life as a gang member.

Slayings of 4 Guatemalan prison officials blamed on drug tradeupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 17:29:00

To hear some Guatemalans tell it, three coordinated attacks that killed four prison officials in five hours Monday hardly raised anyone's pulse.

Documentary filmmaker shot dead in El Salvadorupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 10:25:00

A French filmmaker who recently finished a documentary about a violent street gang in El Salvador was found shot dead in the town of Tonacatepeque, about 10 miles northeast of the capital city of San Salvador, authorities said.

'Sin Nombre' unmasks Mexican gang cultureupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 10:59:00

If riding on top of a Mexican freight train while bandits lie in wait, or inviting real-life gang members to improvise street battles doesn't sound like the wisest approach to making your first feature film, try telling Cary Fukunaga.

Vancouver gangs war over drugsupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 08:59:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann looks at what authorities are doing in Canada to combat gang violence.

Drug-fueled gang wars shake Vancouverupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 08:59:00

When Canadian cocaine smuggler Charles Lai was being sentenced in a Seattle federal courtroom last month, the judge sending him to prison for 13 years offered a small item of good news.

Ex-gang members work togetherupdated: Wed May 20 2009 16:30:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on gang members turned solar technicians who are turning their lives around.

Ex-gang members unite: 'You don't have to kill your neighbors'updated: Wed May 20 2009 16:30:00

Rudolpho Marquez, Richard Reyes and Cesar Cruz make for a most unlikely car pool. They are all former gang rivals who have spent hard time in prison. But they've put the past behind them for common goals: jobs and their families.

Red Cross on poverty in Haitiupdated: Fri May 15 2009 04:23:00

Elevanise Tidor, who's 83 years old, shows the ICRC the scars of life in Haiti's seaside slum of Cite Soleil.

'Misery breeds violence' in Haiti's seaside slumupdated: Fri May 15 2009 04:23:00

Roudeline Lamy was 23 when she was shot in the stomach. The impact of the bullet sent the small baby she was holding tumbling to the ground.

20 alleged Hispanic gang members indicted in Coloradoupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 19:13:00

Twenty alleged members of a Hispanic gang believed to be one of the nation's largest and most violent have been indicted in Colorado on drug and firearm charges, authorities said Tuesday.

CNN Classroom Edition: Homicide in Hollenbeckupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 14:59:00

Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Homicide in Hollenbeck when it airs commercial-free on Monday, December 29, 2008 from 4:00-- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.) Mongols Motorcycle Gang Arrested in Federal Sweepupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 16:00:00

Dozens of burly, tattoo-covered members of the Mongol motorcycle gang were arrested Tuesday by federal agents in six states following a three-year investigation in which undercover agents infiltrated the group 1,300 Gang Members Arrested in Past 4 Monthsupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 16:00:00

Federal officials arrested more than 300 members of a previously lesser known criminal gang during a summer crackdown, twice as many as last year, and arrested nearly 1,500 gang members nationwide, immigration authorities said Wednesday

Kids' lives are nightmares in unstable nations, UNICEF reportsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 10:08:00

More than 50 children have been abducted in Haiti since the beginning of the year, adding to a trend of kidnappings in countries affected by violence, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report.

Suspected gang members arrested in North Carolinaupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 17:21:00

Twenty-six alleged members of a Hispanic gang believed to be one of the nation's largest and most violent were indicted in North Carolina and charged with offenses including drug activity, racketeering, assault and murder, according to federal court documents. 26 Gang Members Indicted in Drug Ringupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 17:00:00

A federal grand jury indicted 26 reputed members of the international gang, MS-13, accused of running a cross-border drug ring

Mexican drug cartel trots out boy as warning to copsupdated: Tue May 27 2008 16:19:00

The boy looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. Chubby, he struggled a bit with his bicycle as he rode to where we stood. He had a slight smirk as he played a tape that blared music from speakers tied to his bike. After the Blitz, Hizballah Runs Beirutupdated: Sat May 10 2008 19:00:00

With limited resistance, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militants have stormed into control, leaving a mess for Israel, the U.S., and -- if history is any measure -- Hizballah, too

Spike in Chicago violenceupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 11:07:00

Chicago youths are dying in a wave of violence for a second straight school year. CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Dad of slain teen: Chicago violence 'out of control'updated: Wed Apr 30 2008 11:07:00

Blair Holt wanted his mother to have a pendant for Mother's Day. His father, Ronald Holt, was purchasing the gift when his cell phone rang: Blair, 16, had just been shot on a Chicago bus.

Violent weekend in Chicagoupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 09:22:00

Chicago police say six of at least 30 people shot this past weekend have died. WLS's Michelle Gallardo reports. Rash of Violence in Chicago Kills 32updated: Mon Apr 21 2008 12:00:00

An epidemic of gunfire rattled the city during the weekend, with at least 32 people shot and six killed

Gang violence in Kenyaupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 02:49:00

CNN's David McKenzie examines Mungiki group violence after Mwai Kibaki's cabinet supposedly ended turmoil.

Football star, 17, slain before he could answer gangupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 14:21:00

Jamiel Shaw was just three doors from his house on March 2. His father told the 17-year-old high school football star to be home before dark. That is exactly what he was trying to do when, just before dusk, gunshots rang out.

Remembering 'my baby'updated: Thu Mar 13 2008 14:21:00

The parents of murdered high school student Jamiel Shaw remember their son.

Violence spreading in Kenya, Red Cross official saysupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 18:17:00

The violence plaguing western Kenya's Rift Valley spread to the country's Western Province Monday, according to an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Teen prostitution ring chargesupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 12:49:00

Investigators said three teens are accused of forcing runaway teenage girls into prostitution. Affiliate WFAA reports.

Cops set up tattoo parlorupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 15:43:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin talks with a Georgia Sheriff who came up with a creative way to combat gang activity in his town.

Tattoo parlor run by cops busts gangsupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 15:43:00

Walking into the Colur Tyme Tattoo Parlor is a lot like walking into a head shop. One wall is lined with gang monikers and symbols, the other with bongs for smoking marijuana and other drugs -- one even shaped like a skull.

Feds target violent gangs, arrest 1,300updated: Tue Oct 09 2007 15:00:00

Federal agents have arrested more than 1,300 suspected gang members, including 343 with violent criminal histories, in the past three months, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Tuesday.

Crackdown on gangsupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 15:00:00

Federal agents participate in an operation that leads to the arrest of more than 1,300 suspected gang members.

Curfew in Niger Delta after deadly battlesupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 02:08:00

Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew Friday in the heart of Nigeria's oil region, where security forces and gang members have clashed in battles that left dozens feared dead.

Illegal alien gang membersupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 20:33:00

These are some of the facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting. ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) conducted a threat assessment survey of all field offices: "The results of the assessment showed that most major metropolitan areas were experiencing a surge in gang activity. Additionally, the survey showed that membership of these violent transnational gangs was comprised largely of foreign-born nationals." Source: ICE "Operation Community Shield" Fact Sheet June 6, 2007 • Gang members in the United States: 800,000 • State and local police in the United States: 708,000 Source: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California); hearing testimony June 5, 2007 The long shotupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 15:29:00

Every time Tyrone Lewis stopped walking, they stopped. Every step he took, they took with him. The uniformed police officers escorting him at a mid-January game between Niagara and Rider tried to be discreet, but the scene still reminded the 6-foot freshman guard of his painful ordeal last summer, when he grabbed national headlines.

A mayor cracks down on gangsupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 16:54:00

Los Angeles, California, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduced in February an aggressive initiative to combat the surge of gang-related violence in his city.

ATF agent says he faked murder to get into Hells Angelsupdated: Mon Feb 05 2007 15:03:00

In a parched, secluded desert, a brutal killing is caught on videotape. A member of the feared and violent Mongol motorcycle gang is shot in the head at close range. His body is dumped in a shallow grave. Overcoming the oddsupdated: Thu Feb 01 2007 15:48:00

MIAMI -- Be it player, coach or team executive, everybody who gets to the Super Bowl has his own story of how he traveled to the NFL's biggest game. No two roads are quite the same.

Brazil may send troops to quell Rio gangsupdated: Tue Jan 02 2007 12:57:00

Rio de Janeiro's new government said it was meeting Tuesday with Brazil's top security official to discuss its request for federal troops to combat a wave of gang violence that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called "terrorism."

East Timor descends into chaosupdated: Mon May 29 2006 00:26:00

The number of dead in the latest wave of violence in East Timor has risen to at least 20, with more than 50 people wounded, hospital officials in the capital Dili said Monday.

Governor: Brazil gang rampage overupdated: Mon May 15 2006 22:24:00

Sao Paulo state Gov. Claudio Lembo announced late Monday that all prison rebellions across the state have ended and 200 prison guards held hostage over the weekend have been freed without injury.

Brazil gang attacks leave 52 deadupdated: Sun May 14 2006 07:58:00

A criminal gang in Brazil launched a wave of attacks against police stations in greater Sao Paulo and uprisings in 64 jails across Sao Paulo state at the weekend, resulting in at least 52 deaths, authorities said.

Feds target gangs in crackdownupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 15:30:00

The Bloods, Crips, Disciples and an increasingly popular street gang known as MS-13 were among the gangs targeted in a Department of Homeland Security operation over the past two weeks that yielded 375 arrests of wanted members in 23 states, the department announced Friday.

Warden: Williams frustrated at endupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 00:46:00

Death did not come quickly for Stanley Tookie Williams, the co-founder of the violent Crips street gang who was executed by lethal injection early Tuesday for the 1979 robbery murders of four people in Los Angeles.

Your e-mails: Tookie Williams to be put to deathupdated: Mon Dec 12 2005 12:16:00

Death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams, a founder of the Crips street gang who has worked from behind bars to quell gang violence, has asked California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare his life. The request was denied and he will be put to death shortly after midnight.

Supreme Court rejects Williams' pleaupdated: Mon Dec 12 2005 02:19:00

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution Monday of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, clearing the way for him to die by injection shortly after midnight.

Your e-mails: Clemency for Tookie Williams?updated: Sun Dec 11 2005 20:35:00

Death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams, a founder of the Crips street gang who has worked from behind bars to quell gang violence, has asked California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare his life.

Clemency countdown continues for Crips creatorupdated: Thu Dec 08 2005 17:31:00

With his execution scheduled for Tuesday, his attorneys have made their final appeals. Now, Crips co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams must wait on death row to find out if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will spare his life.

State's high court won't spare Williamsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 20:27:00

California's Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stop the execution of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang who became an anti-gang crusader while on Death Row, a court spokeswoman said.

U.N. peacekeeper in Haiti killedupdated: Mon Oct 24 2005 18:29:00

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A U.N. peacekeeper who was shot while on patrol near the volatile Cite Soleil slum of Haiti's capital died Monday at a hospital in neighboring Dominican Republic, a spokesman for the United Nations said.

Massive international sting nets 660 updated: Thu Sep 08 2005 17:26:00

A massive international sweep targeting violent MS-13 gang members in the United States and Central America produced about 660 arrests, law enforcement authorities announced Thursday.

Guatemala prison riots kill dozensupdated: Mon Aug 15 2005 21:37:00

Inmates from rival gangs clashed in three Guatemalan prisons Monday, leaving at least 31 prisoners dead before police restored order, the country's interior minister said.

Two convicted, two acquitted in suburban Virginia street gang trialupdated: Tue May 17 2005 15:54:00

A federal jury in Virginia Tuesday convicted two members of a violent street gang in the slaying of a female gang member who had been a government informant.

Anarchy grips Haitian capitalupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 04:02:00

With rebels claiming to have surrounded the Haitian capital -- where President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was holed up and vowing to stay -- armed gangs have taken to the streets, leaving deaths, looting and fires in their wake.

Aristide opposition takes over Haitian cityupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 21:11:00

At least five people were killed and 20 wounded when a group opposed to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took over one of the country's largest cities Thursday, an opposition leader said.

Fortune: THE HELLS ANGELS' DEVILISH BUSINESS While many Angels and other outlaw bikers are just rowdies, a disturbing number are involvedupdated: Mon Nov 30 1992 00:01:00

FIRST you hear the pulsating thunder of three dozen unmuffled Harley-Davidsons snaking around the bend. Then you see them. An outlaw motorcycle gang, maybe Pagan's or even Hells Angels, overlords o...

Fortune: 'I'M THE LUCKIEST PERSON I EVER MET' Nine successful men and women tell how they managed to overcome often updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

Carl Bernard, a senior at Connecticut College who considers himself so lucky, credits a teacher and a businessman for his change from a ninth-grade dropout to a campus leader. For many of these sur...

Fortune: TEENAGERS TALK ABOUT LIFE Violence, hopes, cops, racism, drugs, dreams, school, family, neighborhood -- nine updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

WHAT HAPPENS when you ask seventh- and eighth-graders, awash in the formative years, what their life is like? They tell you. Sometimes they tell you about gangs and guns, or a dad that does drugs. ...

Fortune: KIDS ARE KILLING, DYING, BLEEDING America is in the midst of a raging epidemic of juvenile homicide, suicide, updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

THE CHILDREN who killed 12-year-old Amanda Simpson seared a hole in the American Dream. Just after midnight on April 28, 1991, while Amanda and her mother were sleeping, a group of youngsters broke...

Fortune: The mentionables, pirates with cellular phones, the price of politicians, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN FREE ASSEMBLYupdated: Mon Jan 27 1992 00:01:00

LOS ANGELES -- The American Civil Liberties Union, in a clash with local and national efforts to curb rampant gang activity, has challenged the constitutionality of an ordinance banning gang member...

Money Magazine: RUNNING FROM RACISTS Fleeing threats of violence, a black family in Phoenix sinks its savings into an expensive move.updated: Mon Jul 01 1991 00:01:00

Joann Long thought it was a prank at first. At 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 18, 1989, her son Ray Jr. -- then a 14-year-old 10th-grader at Barry Goldwater High in Phoenix -- came pounding on the back door, sh...

Fortune: BEING PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY At a Los Angeles high school, Arco's president met with gangs and teacher compupdated: Mon May 28 1990 00:01:00

ON THIS OVERCAST April morning, Marvin Starer, 58, the regular principal of Manual Arts High School in gritty south central Los Angeles, is wearing thick, sky-blue socks and rubber-soled walking sh...

Fortune: HOW WE CAN WIN THE WAR ON POVERTY Around the country, points of light are turning on, and some principles for success are showinupdated: Mon Apr 10 1989 00:01:00

IT IS OF NO SMALL significance that poverty is suddenly returning to the forefront of the American consciousness. Perhaps it is mostly a comment on the immense power of our media-age Presidents to ...

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