Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Houston police: Increase in gang killings predates N.O evacuees and Katrina

Houston police arrest suspected gang members:
"Houston police say they've arrested 14 suspected gang members accused of violent crimes.
Two more suspects are sought today as police deal with gang killings that are on the rise.

Investigators say the 14 allegedly belong to the 5-9 Bounty Hunters, a chapter of a gang that began in California in the 1960's. They're charged with crimes ranging from assault to murder.

Police reported 47 gang-related killings in 2005, a more than 50 percent increase over 2004. So far, 2006 has seen 12 gang-related killings.

Captain Dale Brown says the increase in gang killings in Houston predates Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans."

So when Texas politicians complain about New Orleans "deadbeats" and criminals, they should be looking not to New Orleans, but to California as the source of their troubles.

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