Gang Discussion To Be Focus Of Town Hall

Members of the Greenville City Council plan to discuss the recent gang-related crime wave in the community Thursday evening at a town hall meeting.

The meeting to address the violence in Greenville is scheduled for 6 p.m. at York Memorial AME Zion Church on Tyson St.

Greenville Police Chief William Anderson says rival gangs are at war in Greenville. The police department have implemented a gang suppression plan. In just a week, the program has helped put 33 criminals off Greenville streets and behind bars.

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  • by Gangs Vs. KKK on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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      by SoManyMike on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to Gangs Vs. KKK
      Yes, tons. Most of them are not street level gangs competing for territory to sell drugs. They are racially motivated groups that attempt to spread their hatred for other races with violence and intimidation. In my opinion, and I am a white male, these are probably worse simply because of their motivations. The truth is though, all of these gangs use violence as their first method for accomplishing their goals and therefore pose a serious threat to society. If it was as simple as just wiping out all current gang members then I would probably be all for that. The problem is that something about our culture produces these types of people, so replacements would jump right in and take over where others left off.
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      by Bud on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to Gangs Vs. KKK
      Hell's Angels
  • by David Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    The Police Chief says we are in the middle of a "gang war". LOL What could they possibly be fighting over? Seems simple to me. The Bloods can have Popeyes and the Crips can have Bojangles. Problem solved!!
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      by omg on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:19 PM in reply to David
      Do we have a popeyes?
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    A gang discussion? How is that gonna go? "Well, I don't like gangs! Do you?" "Aww naw man, I hate a gang, does anybody here like 'em?" "NO! We hate gangs! Gangs are stupid!" "Okay so we agree, gangs are bad and we don't like 'em." "YEAH!" "Alrighty good meeting y'all, let's hit the Bojangles!" How about we discuss building a wall around West Greenville and letting them wipe themselves out.
  • by not convinced Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    How about instead of continuing to talk about it, they actually DO something about it.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Two steps: Capture the scumbags then publicly hang the scumbags.
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      by Dineesha on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to Sam
      What a racist comment.
  • by DS1 on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    These Greenville kids don't know what a real gang is. Try going to Oakland, CA or San Antonio, TX. Those are REAL GANGS.
  • by r on Jul 20, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    I am sure Dave will start spouting off about this is such a horrible area and nothing is being done. But he will do this behind his keyboard instead of going to the meeting offering solutions. Dave is the fan that always knows more than the coach.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    SoManyMike... your comment reminds me... Several times in the past few years I had contacted Greenville Police to come out for suspicious activity when houses were being broken into in my neighborhood. MULTIPLE times the officers would respond to the call 30 minutes after the fact, and when questioned about whether these guys all wearing the same colors were gang members, I was told "nah, they are just EMULATING gang members, they are 'wannabes'... Now the truth comes out. Thanks a lot GPD. I appreciate your insight all these years.
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      by SoManyMike on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:10 AM in reply to Citizen
      Yep, I really think that is what has happened. This problem has grown, mostly unchecked, for quite a few years. Now it is just out of control and there is enough drug activity so that these rival gangs are fighting over the territory. And if they are affiliated with the "real gangs" then we can probably expect that their numbers will grow really quickly as each gang sends in members from other locations to attempt to push the other gang out. It's probably not being shot by a gang member that should scare everyone, it's the drug addicts in the area that will do anything for a 10 dollar bill. And we all know who supplies these crack heads.
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      by WOW on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to Citizen
      Remember, the police are just minutes away. In 30 minutes time a bunch of kids can break into a house, steal everything but the paint off the walls and be long gone.
  • by SoManyMike on Jul 20, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    Whether they are "Real Gangs" or not, they pose the same threat. With our proximity to Interstate 95 it is fairly easy for them to get drugs into Greenville. And with so many crack heads wandering around town it seems we have created quite the industry for these thugs. The crack heads steal from you and me so they can pay the gangsters for the drugs. I wonder why, if it is OK to do DUI check points, they don't setup check points for drugs on the main highways leading into Greenville? I suppose it's the high volume of traffic but there are only a couple of roads that lead from 95 to Greenville and just a couple of good busts would sure make Greenville seem less inviting to these thugs.
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      by porkchop on Jul 20, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to SoManyMike
      I agree with you but there is no way they are going to set up check points. That would be racial profiling, which means you can't stop anyone who looks like a thug just because they might be a thug.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to porkchop
        Why would it be considered racial profiling if GPD set up a check point for drugs?? Black people are not the only hustlers.. You cannot throw a racial thing in the mix with drugs especially dealers.. or users for that matter!
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          by porkchop on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to
          You're missing something: it's called sarcasm.
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        by SoManyMike on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to porkchop
        They do DUI Checkpoints that check everyone, and traffic is often interrupted for accidents without the world coming to an end so I really feel like if they wanted to crack down on the drugs trafficked into Greenville they could at least explore this option.
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      by David on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:46 AM in reply to SoManyMike
      I'm not sure I buy the I95 Arguement. Wilson IS directly on I95, has a college, and has a similar racial proportion BUT they don't have the same gang problems.
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        by SoManyMike on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to David
        We just do not hear as much about it, and they may not have reached the level of violence as Greenville but there are definitely drugs and gangs in Wilson. "In Wilson, police have identified over 15 different organized gangs. These gangs are made up of over 300 validated gang members throughout our City." Quoted from the city website.
  • by businessman Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I want to know when the city council members are going to stop being afraid of what the NAACP,SCLC, etc would do if they fired the chief. We elected you guys to take care of the city and you are failing at the job. We all know that we need someone else to come in and run the GPD like it should be. It is time to crack some heads and throw some thugs in jail for a long time!! Council members, do your job and find a new chief!!
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