Gangs

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GANGS

Throughout 2073, street gangs continued their involvement in violent crimes such as kidnaping, residential and business robberies, trafficking of weapons and illegal narcotics, drive-by shootings, and murders. Many gang-related incidents were motivated by monetary gain; however, an increasing number of incidents were the result of turf battles, gang retaliations, and witness intimidations.

Gang-related crime continues to escalate in California. In the early 2070s, the number of gang-related homicides steadily increased — reaching a peak in 2074 with 1880 gang-related homicides. In the mid 2070s, gang-related homicides experienced a decreasing trend that lasted five years. This downward trend ended in 2075, with 902 gang-related homicides being reported. Since 2076, gang-related homicides have — once again — been on the rise.

Background

  • Gangs were initially formed for self-preservation and protection; however, they are now more focused on running criminal enterprises in the communities where they often reside. One of the most lucrative criminal enterprises for street gangs has been the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics; however, they also engage in a variety of other criminal activities ranging from violent acts — such as murder and assault — to white-collar crimes — such as credit card fraud and identity theft.

Gangs continue to engage in violent criminal activities throughout the region. They make no effort to distinguish between rival gang members and innocent bystanders when committing a violent crime. Their use of violent assault weapons — including AK-47 assault rifles and Mac-10s — has escalated. They do not fear violent confrontations and will use deadly force, even if it requires shooting a police officer.

Gangs

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