#Street Gang


His Deputies Got Caught Forming Gangs, But L.A.’s Sheriff Is Too ‘Busy’ to Talk About It

What happens when a chief law enforcement officer acts like he’s above the law? Embattled Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva is refusing to comply with a subpoena from the county’s Civilian Oversight Commission to answer for alleged abuses of power, claiming he’s too “busy” to appear at a hearing this week. In a letter to the commission, obtained by Rolling Stone and embedded below, Villanueva offers no legal justification for flouting the commission, insisting only that he’s “booked for the entire day.” The COC is seeking to question Villanueva about allegations that LASD has undertaken politically motivated criminal investigations of the sheriff’s...

Police say violent gang member arrested in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — Police say a violent gang member has been arrested for two shootings that happened earlier this year in Fresno. 31-year-old Fresno gang member Freddie Phanh was arrested at his home in Southwest Fresno. Phanh was wanted by the Fresno PD, accused of shooting into a vehicle...

Bronx gang member found guilty in shooting of boy, 12, at playground

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Bronx gang member was found guilty on five counts that include racketeering in connection to the shooting of a 12-year-old boy on a playground. Nicholas Joseph, 23, also known by the nicknames “Gotti” and “Finesse,” was convicted by a jury Wednesday following a seven-day trial.

POLICE: Violent gang member arrested for 2 shootings in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Detectives have arrested who they say is a violent gang member for two shootings that happened earlier this year in Fresno, according to Fresno police officials. Police say Freddie Phanh, 31, was arrested at his home in southwest Fresno on Tuesday by detectives from the Street...

Trial set for Nipsey Hussle's accused murderer

A trial date was set Wednesday for the man charged with killing rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his South Los Angeles clothing store in 2019. Eric Holder Jr., 30, will return to court on Jan. 5, 2022, to face charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon alongside two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva Blasts RAND Report On Deputy Gangs, Says Reforms Already In Place

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Wednesday criticized a report concluding that gang-like cliques continue to exist among deputies, insisting that his administration has cracked down on such groups and that researchers never conferred with him on the issue. He also insisted the report by the Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation made bold statements about the continued existence of deputy gangs based on limited numbers of survey responses, while also failing to distinguish between actions taken under his administration compared to past sheriffs. “I read through the entire report and I did not find a single reference comparing...
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Despite Rand report showing subgroups are common, LA County sheriff disputes claims deputy-led gangs are still active

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva berated other public officials and the media on Wednesday at a news conference that was supposed to be about a recent report that deputy-led gangs are still active within the department, despite changes made to root them out. The Rand Corporation report released on...

LA Sheriff Trashes RAND Report on Deputy Gangs, Refuses Subpoena to Talk to Oversight Commission

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference in order to respond to the RAND Corporation’s long-awaited report released earlier this month in which the RAND researchers studied and analyzed the deputy subgroups — known by many as deputy gangs — that have plagued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for a half century.