Updated 10/02/2012 10:06 PM
The Call Blog: NYPD Launches Crackdown On Gangs
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"Operation Crew Cut" is welcome where I live. New Yorkers don't have to be victims of crime to FEEL like victims of crime. Living in fear and worrying about your family is to be terrorized. Any legal effort to rid the streets of those who prey on their neighbors should be encouraged.
The NYPD is doubling the size of its Gang Division, adding about 150 more detectives to its ranks. The crackdown is part of "Operation Crew Cut," an initiative Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced at a law enforcement convention in San Diego today.
The effort will target groups of teenagers who are responsible for an estimated 30% of recent shootings. It also expands the use of the NYPD's investigative tactics online. Kelly said monitoring social media will capitalize on the "irresistible urge of these suspects to brag about their murderous exploits" on the internet. What do you say?
Would you welcome "Operation Crew Cut" to your neighborhood? Are you optimistic it will work in reducing street crime? Do you have any privacy concerns over police using aliases online to gather information on suspected criminals?
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It's about time. Gangs are the reason the good kids are getting killed for fun and for dare.
Ari, West Chelsea
NYC's Operation Crew Cut, is loooong overdue!!! Find'm, lock'm up and throw away the key! They're useless maggots, that spread all over the city.
Steven Of Jamaica
All of these problems with street gangs didn't just happen overnight. I have no problem with anyone using the internet anonymously to gather information on street gangs and sex offenders, etc. Why is all of this coming to the forefront at this time. I did hear someone mention that we have gangs in my neighborhood and I had no idea that this was happening. Why does this administration in New York continue to brag about how competent our law enforcement is and now they need to go to a convention in San Diego to look for answers.
WHERE IS THIS MAYOR? HE'S SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN BEING IN NEW YORK TRYING TO SOLVE THE GUN PROBLEM. HE SHOULD RIDE AROUND WITH THE OFFICERS IN AND OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD BOROUGHS AND TELL HIM HE DOESN'T NEED A PASSPORT TO COME TO THE OUTER BOROUGHS. WE ARE STILL A PART OF NEW YORK CITY AND STATE.
Thank you John,
It looks like an expansion of the unconstitutional practice of stop and frisk extended to the social media field. The Constitution prohibits warrantless searches yet this is exactly what Kelly is doing. (Read the 4th Amendment.)
I'd say take a case to the Supreme Court, but they have no more knowledge of the Constitution than does Kelly or his boss, Ban It Bloomberg.
Port Richmond, SI
WHAT DO THESE GANG MEMBERS PUT AS AN OCCUPATION ON THEIR W 2'S? WE NEED TO EMBRACE THESE BRAVE OFFICERS IN THIS DANGEROUS ENDEAVOR. BE SAFE PLEASE, AND THANK YOU
JOE, BAY TERRACE
This is another reason to invade our privacy. Not only are certain media being forced to comply with law enforcement but this will allow law enforcement to operate with out a warrant.This is another reason to enforce a scare tactic operation on the masses of New Yorkers. It will place a band aid on the problem that is occurring in New York. The basic problems of economic stability for many New Yorkers who have to live a life of crime because the current system is impossible to survive in with a 9 to 5. It will be a way to boost the prison population with already crowded prisons. But it will not stop what is really the underlining factor. That we are cutting programs that serve the underserved communities. To get them out of gangs and drugs so the only opportunity they have is a criminal life style. Its difficult for ex felons to get a job especially in a tough job market they have to wait years upon years before they can get a low paying job. The structure the system needs to be changed to adequetely deal with the real problems. The cost of hikes, commodities, and standard of living is ever increasing in New York. The stagnate wages and difficulty of getting paid jobs that can support a family. The cost of living is extremely difficult in New York. These "gangs" or operations are trying to deal with a problem that is systemic. What people need is a better education system, the schools are failing these kids miserably. The prison population is a complete indication of the mass failure of our system. The rampant homelessness that bloomberg had suggested he was going to deal with is ever so more present. The cost of living with Con Edison going to increase the electricity. The students coming back from college dealing with student loan debt. The system is going to implode and occupy wall street was just the small sparks before the big one. If the system continues to deploy a non humane system than people have no other alternative. We will create a society of corruption from state legislators to our local representatives. Nothing has changed in the way Wall Street continues to do business, so as long as the "white shoe gang does business" the other small gangs are the least of New York City cops problems. Instead of creating an operation that focuses on small gangs maybe they need to create an operation that deals with arresting the bankers, executives, and the wall street gang for robbing and lotting working class Americans. But no that doesn't happen so than we have a vicious cycle. Than Americans ask why we can't compete abroad or have a productive workforce. The gang problem is just a cover up for the real problem in our society. That our current system is not adequately serving the underserved people. The middle class and poor people its a system that is serving the very rich 1 %.
I commend Commissioner Kelly in taking such a stand to help stop the gang related violence that is destroying so many lives, and yes, I welcome the initiative with open arms in the 5 boroughs of New York City. Though I've never appreciated the term "target", but if "Operation Crew Cut" can get these cruel and heartless bragging thugs off the streets and out of our communities, I wholeheartedly support them. Relative to "privacy concerns", I have none. Anyone dumb enough to post worldwide their cowardly acts deserve to suffer the consequences for their actions.
GOOD MOVE BY THE NYPD PUTTING THE SQUEEZE ON THE GANGSTERS. NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
JIMMY FROM THE BRONX.
It was about two months ago when I emailed you in the segment "how would I cut crime?" when the shootings were out of control. I emailed the following:
I would like to say that the NYPD needs a standing ovation as it is.. Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin PAID WITH THEIR LIVES trying to buy guns off the street in Staten Island WAY BEFORE these last shooting sprees. #1. I would EXPAND the Firearms Control unit of the NYPD. #2. I would EXPAND the NYPD and ATF Joint Firearms Task Force...and ONLY fill those positions with VETERAN NYC POLICE OFFICERS WHO WANT TO MAKE THE RANK DETECTIVE. #3. I would then deploy these Officers, Detectives, Agents, to the areas where shootings have been out of control. Crime REDUCED!!!
John aka Streetlife from the bronx.
I applaud the NYPD's effort to mop up the scourge of gang culture that infects the city. As for concerns about enforcing "negative stereotypes"? Oh, Please! It's about time this negative lifestyle is confronted for what it is!
I think the NYPDs' gang divisions being hip to Facebook may not achieve the effect as they had initially planned now that they're going on and on about it on the news.
I think police should patrol more I think these people committing crimes should be remanded in court. They should have something that will be more convincing and scary to these young men.
Put more boots on the ground, Bloomberg! You think these gang bangers are as stupid as you are? They'll have so much fun with the social media and drive your officers up a tree. A little old fashioned policing is what is needed.
Seth from Ozone Park is correct, most of the cops out here a walking down the street,chit chatting, chatting on their cell phones and texting. While groups of individuals both male and female, are standing, and sitting blocking doorways. Loiterimg, blocking the sidewalks. there are fights almost every day. the cops are nowhere to be found. when they are around there too busy harassing people who are not hanging out.
Yes, while I don't think taking boots off the ground is a great idea, I think infiltrating social media makes sense and is the right thing to do. Not using would be a mistake. Using fake personas online is the same thing as doing it offline. Totally legit.
John from Canarsie
This sounds like a fun, safe, and ineffective way for cops to make their money. Bust gangs by being an undercover cop. Find out pass words gangs use; their meeting places; stake out high crime neighborhoods. Use social media to monitor teen bullying and/or sexual exploitation instead which harms innocent young victims in a more subtle way.
Policing is about people. The police force needs to stay involved in the community, the old fashion way. And above all, the government needs to do something about gun control! Anybody can get a gun these days. You can't solve the problem if you're [state/country is] part of it.