Drive By Shootings

Feb 3rd, 2012
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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has identified the following four areas associated with street gangs as key target areas for today’s police agencies. · Bullying in Schools · Disorderly Youth in Public Places · Drive-by Shootings · Drug Dealing in Open Air Markets

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Drive-by ShootingsNameClassDateProfessorDrive by Shooting A drive-by shooting involves a gang member(s) driving slowly by a resident, establishment, or even street corner and shooting people they have targeted. Drive-by shootings are a tool used by gang members in order to get revenge on fellow gang members or gang members from another gang who has intruded upon their territory. The problem with drive by shootings is it is part of a much larger problem involving youth gangs in lower class, poverty stricken urban communities. While gangs have emerged in other neighborhoods, such as middle class communities, this is extremely rare. There are many reasons why a gang might decide to use drive by shootings as a tool but the main goals is to insert their power over other gangs or gangs members. Drive-by shootings are committed when one gang member betrays another gang member or an opposing gang begins to do business on their territory. This usually means they are selling drugs or engaging in prostitution in an area considered to be another gangs. Another reason for drive-by shootings is because another gang has disturbed the business of another gang or failed to follow through with n established deal. For example it is common for gangs to sell each other guns. If a gang feels ripped off by the other gang they will get revenge with a drive-by. The problems with the drive by is once one gang commits a drive by shooting in revenge there will

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