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Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

HARTFORD, Conn. | Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

September 16, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a reputed member of the Los Solidos street gang shows his tattoo to police in Hartford, Conn. Police said the tattoo of a theater mask with the words "laugh now cry later" is a tell-tale sign of the Los Solidos street gang. Although they still wear tattoos, polic…

September 16, 2014 12:34 am
Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a reputed member of the Los Solidos street gang shows his tattoos to police in Hartford, Conn. The TSO and theater mask on his left arm are tell-tale signs of Los Solidos. TSO means The Solid Ones, the English translation of Los Solidos. Despite the tattoos, gang…

September 16, 2014 12:34 am
Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Latin Kings gang graffiti decorates a building in Hartford, Conn. While gangs still mark their territory with graffiti, police said many members have shied away from wearing their colors in an effort to avoid being detected by authorities. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

September 16, 2014 12:34 am
Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, reputed members of the Los Solidos street gang are stopped by police in Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 5, 2014. Gang members are shying away from wearing their colors in an effort to avoid being detected by authorities, police said. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

September 16, 2014 12:34 am
Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Hartford police Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare shows other officers information from the city's gunshot location program in Hartford, Conn. The system uses microphones on the street to alert police to gunshots. O'Hare said gang members are shying away from wearing their…

September 16, 2014 12:34 am

Police seek help from community to fight gangs

VALPARAISO | Chicago has replaced Los Angeles as the gang capital of America, and Porter County is seeing an increase in gang activity, a local law enforcement official said Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 10:00 pm

Chicago anti-gang efforts tame street violence

CHICAGO | The low point so far in Chicago's closely watched battle with street gangs may have been the day that Michelle Obama came home for the funeral of a teenage honor student.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said conflicts among gangs, and between gangs and police boil down to one thing: frustration.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
Gang members on path of 'assumed destiny' — dying by age 20

Gang members on path of 'assumed destiny' — dying by age 20

I retired from the Gary Police Department after 23 years as the deputy chief of police.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

By late 2008, Javier Solis Jr. was tired of living the gangster lifestyle.

February 03, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

Julius Solis and his older brother had been hanging out with Imperial Gangsters since before they could walk.

February 02, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

We need to quit looking at gangs as just some neighborhood nuisance. They are a terrorist organization looking to make your child a domestic terrorist.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Man wanted in brutal Gary shooting arrested in Arizona

PHOENIX | A gang member accused in a brutal shooting in Gary has been captured in Phoenix, federal authorities said.

February 01, 2014 1:42 pm
Giffith Police Chief Greg Mance

Giffith Police Chief Greg Mance

Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance

January 20, 2014 12:00 am

Two alleged gang members accept plea agreements

HAMMOND | Two defendants of the sweeping federal racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang have accepted plea agreements, according to court records.

January 08, 2014 8:11 pm

E.C. man receives prison term for gang activity

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for engaging in racketeering activity with the Imperial Gangster street gang.

December 20, 2013 8:45 pm

E.C. man killed, girlfriend wounded in shooting

EAST CHICAGO | A 23-year-old man was killed and his pregnant girlfriend wounded in an early morning shooting when someone leaned in through a window and shot them in their sleep, police said.

November 30, 2013 6:30 pm
Advised on signs of trouble

Advised on signs of trouble

Seventh- and eighth-graders at Edison Junior/Senior High School hear Tom Branson, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department,  talk about gangs at the school in Lake Station.

November 27, 2013 2:29 pm
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