Slight Increase In Area Gang Activity

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By Gina Ford

Gang activity in Peoria is slowly on the rise according to area law enforcement. Peoria police say, the fatal shooting of a teen last weekend occurred during an altercation between two men believed to be involved in gangs.

Authorities are also investigating a gang connection in the Monday night shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

"In the city of Peoria- and I spoke with officer Pat Jordan- he said that we have approximately 20 gangs," said Peoria Police Detective Elizabeth Blair.

Tuesday night, dozens of area residents and students gathered at the University of Illinois Springfield in Peoria for a forum on gang activity.

Detective Blair and Lt. Jason Haynes of Pekin's Federal Correctional Institute in have studied gangs extensively.

"There's a number of them initially that you see that steal cars, they do the retail theft and then they move up to the more violent kinds," said Blair.

Lieutenant Haynes said in the prison system, gangs flourish and spread.

"A lot of times people will come into the prison not being a member of a gang but due to need for protection, they will go ahead and join a gang" said the Lieutenant.

according to Haynes it is in prison that lower level gang members gain more notoriety and come out more dangerous than ever.

He said another issue affecting the Peoria area is gang migration.

"There's been more of a migration from the Chicago area. With some of the closing of the housing units up there, they're spread throughout the state."

Haynes said evidence of new gangs are popping up in the area, especially Latin ones like Maniac Latin Disciples and Surenos.

He said, "we notify all the local agencies whether it be Peoria, Pekin and so forth of any inmates we're releasing that have security threat classification."

But even as law enforcement agencies work together to combat gang violence, Detective Elizabeth Blair says parents and the community need to step up and play an important role.

"Parenting is a profession, it's not something that you take lightly. If you don't take care of your children today, the police will take care of them tomorrow."

5:46 PM duh wrote ...

hey, spider, nice political view, but whoever is police chief will have the same dilemma, disenfranchised black youth, who blindly accept whatever the media throws at them, have no respect for themselves, others, or even life itself. ~ sickening ~

1:12 PM Just Me wrote ...

It will never change......

3:02 PM Spider wrote ...

It is time peoria got a new police chief

Thursday, Mar 25 at 2:40 PM I don't know but... wrote ...

Maybe the police should be looking up the IP addresses of those that are trying to make sure that their gangs are properly identified. How stupid.

Thursday, Mar 25 at 11:24 AM To: Pistol Pakcing mama wrote ...

OMG! Are you serious, people will get you for money that short?? Wow! I'm from the hood but now that i'm grown i will pay whatever i have to, or give up an arm and leg to keep me son out the hood...yes i know crime happens everywhere but at least i can walk my baby through the neighborhood and not have to worry about being shot because i "look" like i may have a little money in my pocket...times are CRAZY! and now that i've become a mom for the first time (singe one at that) I'm now converted into a "pisotl packing momma" so keep ya head up girlie!!

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 10:22 PM mike wrote ...

We need to take a serious look at "vice laws" are how the gangs have always made their money oh and protection money the basis of the the old gangs eh. yeah but proibition was a complete failure than i'm sure no one would even think of going back to. corruption in the police keeps these stupid laws going. take the money away!! otherwise i can only see things getting worse as they always have

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:57 PM Anonymous wrote ...

Maniac Latin Disciples and Sureños

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 3:31 PM LOL wrote ...

ITS MANIAC LATIN DISCIPLES!

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 1:00 PM Look at the facts. wrote ...

abe froman.. I guess you decided to ignore the facts and statistics huh? States that allow conceal carry have lower crime rates, lower violent crimes, lower crime all around. Allowing non-criminals to protect themselves works, Dont ignore the facts that disagree with you, criminals, mentally ill, children etc are NOT able to carry, it is the people that follow the laws, dont get into trouble that we want to see be able to protect themselves. And it works, look at the crime rates.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 12:22 PM Center bluff resident wrote ...

There is a gang member on my block.He has been disorderly towards others& also plays his music no matter what time it is.Also his friends do the same.The cops have been called,yet they won't let me file a complaint towards this idiot.This has been going on for four yrs now.He doesn't own the house he lives.The landlord won't remove him,as he pays on time.Instead us homeowners have to put up with this type of behavior.There should be vegailanty law.This would let those thugs know "US" good citizens aren't going to back down.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 12:16 PM Respect wrote ...

Respect is not earned with a gun, jail time is earned with a gun. Respect is having respect for one's self so that despite what the world tells you, you decide to work hard, provide for you kids, and be a contributing member of society. Thugs don't deserve respect. They deserve to be loved before they become thugs.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 12:14 PM Missing the point. wrote ...

Once again, law enforcement and the judicial system is the convenient scapegoat in lieu of parental responsibility. While I understand no one is perfect and do not mean to judge all with the same paintbrush, I am a realist and understand that children raised in a family without a MAN, or should I say DAD, creates an unstable environment in which the only recourse for these young African American teens is to seek mentorship within gangs. Why would any kid in their right mind want to work at McDonalds for minimum wage when they can make serious tax free cash pedalling drugs on street corners? I'll tell you why, because we as parents have failed to step up and teach our children right from wrong and taken responsibility for parenting our kids. Stop blaming Cops and Courts. They didn't choose to have your child, YOU DID!! Take care of them, love them, read the bible to them. Pray with them. Give a dam for them. Maybe then the value of human life will return.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 12:13 PM KNIGHT wrote ...

YOUR DAM RIGHT i CLING TO GUNS AND RELIGION THAT IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS MORE OF ABE. I WOULD TELL OBUMA THE SAME THING

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:44 AM abe froman wrote ...

hey yakyak...I think we don't do that so we don't look unstable. I'm guessing we don't do it because some type of martial law would have to be declared. However, I think we do have are best trying to get some of these gangs dissolved…FBI, ATF and other branches work hard, but I think it may also have to do with funding. When you’re trying to pass a trillion dollar health care plan I would imagine funding for those types of issues get cancelled.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:43 AM Better Here wrote ...

Yeah City council is getting pretty powerful !

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:38 AM Anonymous wrote ...

Pretty sure you meant Sureños not sorenos

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:35 AM abe froman wrote ...

hey knowbody...you wrote "people kill people (not guns)". I do agree with you, people do kill people and guns have a lot of involvement. If you set a gun on a table by itself without any human interaction it wouldn't do anything...I agree. However, you but a human and gun together and then you go back to your quote...people do kill people, with guns.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:28 AM abe froman wrote ...

Some wrote about leveling the playing field...here is the problem...that's what they want, do you have to bring yourself to their level...do you consider youself a thug or more powerful with a gun? Have you asked yourself that?

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:25 AM abe froman wrote ...

I know I upset gun lovers...hey, like I said, I don't have a problem with self defense, but in recent years I haven't seen to many good things come out of having guns/gun ownership. I guess obama was right when he said when things go wrong people cling to guns and religion.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 10:22 AM Anonymous wrote ...

Hey ABE the thugs already have illegal guns why not make it a fair game for the law abiding citizens to be able to carry and protect themselves. Its not like every joe smoe will be able to pass the background checks and safety courese that it would take to get a concealed carry permit. You people who are against it don't seem to know the whole story you act like 310 million people will be packing. Obviously the criminals already have there guns legal or not so lets even the playing field. And if mayor daley doesn't want to allow it in his city lets make it its own state and build a fence around the $$$$ hole. Put some people back to work building the fence. Two problems solved.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 9:50 AM yakyak wrote ...

i agree with cobalt blue...that these gangs are terrorists...why don't we start with the larger cities...send in some of our best elite troops and root out these gangs...if we need to use deadly force..so be it..

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 9:29 AM knowbody wrote ...

yo abe people kill peop[le not guns.Give people guns and you will see that the populas will give each other more respect.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:56 AM Anonymous wrote ...

you have no idea of what is going on in the streets.you cant even let your kids out to play,in fear of being killed or being molested lets have more news on things that will get some of them off the streets

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:56 AM abe froman wrote ...

hey veteran...im not against self defense, but if you give 310 million people guns you won't have enought space for all our graves. Based on what you're saying about guns, you must be in favor of giving every country nuclear weapons then. It all works the same buddy.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:54 AM Cobalt Blue wrote ...

Why haven't the gangs been tagged as terrorist? Do they not instill terror as part of their creed??? That is a big yes. They should be treated as terrorist and when they meet in large groups, they can be arrested right on the spot for it. I mean skin heads and the Klan have been made terrorist and of course they are. Any group that when united or not causes fear and devastation to the American people deserve the title and should be treated as such.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:39 AM abe froman wrote ...

Come on News 25...make sure your getting the whole story here. Why don't you ask Peoria how much money they're getting for those housing project relocates? Or maybe we should ask the city of Chicago how much money they give to Peoria, Bloomington, etc for those relocates. I'm not saying Peoria didn't have gangs before, but I guess we can use a quote from Pres. Obama, "Spread the wealth". I believe Chicago is spreading the wealth with us in terms of crimes. Maybe they want to make their crime rate better in there city.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:26 AM give a hoot wrote ...

gangs, been here, mostly minorities or whateverthey call themselves. they are not going away until we have teeth in the laws and the aclu is out of business

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 8:00 AM No Problem with right to carry wrote ...

But I hope you are not saying you shouldnt have total responsibility in case you hit the wrong thing. At least a couple million in real assets or liability Insurance insurance. because

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 7:38 AM knight wrote ...

gangs and child molesters. the news people dont keep us informed .put there pictures in the paper,keep us up dated on child molesters

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 7:37 AM know body wrote ...

Yes I agree right to carry and no health care for gang members.Too much violence perpratrated on the innocent time for action.Vote for brady for gov.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 7:18 AM Right to Carry wrote ...

This is perfect example of why it is important for us to adopt a right to carry concealed weapons with proper training of course. Each state that has adopted the right to carry law has had a steep decrease in violet crime. We need to let Mayor Daley know he doesn't own the whole state.

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 6:29 AM veteran wrote ...

time for right to carry

Wednesday, Mar 24 at 12:16 AM 6balloons wrote ...

Sliiiiight increase, ha ha ha, that must mean that a strange character of a diffrent race must have moved within two blocks of his home or childrens school, AND that may just be a problem.

Tuesday, Mar 23 at 11:36 PM pistol packing mama wrote ...

yep, where these pepole been. Tell them to come down on the south end, Say about Star & Griswald, They will learn a lesson, just walk down the St. and look like you got $10

Tuesday, Mar 23 at 9:13 PM Slowly wrote ...

Slowly on the rise?? Where have these people been? This has been an ongoing thing in the hoods for a long time. One way to solve this problem!

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