Today the PI has an interesting story about a web site named Northwest Gangs. It was started by a man named “Brad” who was curious about gang graffiti and decided to set up the website to gather information about the gangs that are active in the area.
The first thing that strikes me when looking at the list of gangs is just how many of them there are: over 50 in the “Seattle Blacks” category alone.
Looking at the list, here’s a few that appear to be headquartered in the CD, along with what would be the equivalent of their national chapter if they were college fraternities:
Gangster Disciple Folks
Deuce 8 (28th & Jackson)
Deuce 0 (20th & Yesler)
East Union Street Hustlers
Eastside Hunerds, clique of EUSH
Klick Clack Gang
Mad Block (Madison Street)
24th & Dearborn
26th & Pine
26th & Cherry
27th & Cherry- Money Over Everything
31th & Cherry- Mind Body Soul
And in other gang news, it sounds like the state legislature missed an opportunity in the session that ended last week, where new anti-gang legislation was passed, but without the prevention tools that were present in the original version of the bill. Instead it focuses only on enforcement:
– Stiffer penalties for gang crimes
– Funding for graffiti removal
– New penalties for recruiting minors into gangs
– Funding for a database to track gang members and their activity
Unfortunately, what it doesn’t do is help parents and their kids avoid getting involved in gangs and related criminal activity in the first place.