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Confronting Northwest Gangs

Vancouver, Washington and Caldwell, Idaho have a great many differences. One is an urban center north of densely populated Portland. The other a fairly small city in a relatively rural area. But in both places, people have been grappling with gang-related violence. In Caldwell, the sergeant in charge of street crimes says it couldn't have gotten much worse than in the summer of 2004 when he says there were 130 shootings in one month. He says some people were sleeping in their bathtubs because they were afraid of the drive-by shootings. Seven years later — with considerable help from the federal government — the problem has been contained, but he says he does not see a time when gangs will not be a problem. Vancouver has its share of gang activity — including one recent case that's still unsolved. And we'll also check in on how effective some of Portland's efforts have been in reducing gang violence.

Segmentarticle - April 12, 2011

Graffiti, Gangs and Growth

A murder indictment in Eugene, a near-death in Yamhill County, and a shootout, stabbing, and surge of graffiti in the Keizer-Salem area have law enforcement officials concerned about a rise in gang activity around the state.While the Crips and Bloods dominated Oregon's gang scene in the 1990s, a group from Central America known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has more recently moved in. Both followed the traditional gang route into the Northwest: driving up I-5.

Segmentarticle - March 3, 2008

Amanda Marshall's Agenda As U.S. Attorney

Before Amanda Marshall became U.S. Attorney for the state of Oregon, she spent ten years as a state Assistant Attorney General tackling child advocacy issues. She's brought her experience in that job to her new position, taking on gangs and child prostitution as two of her biggest priorities. She spotted connections between pimps and gangs, so she added two prosecutors to the formerly one-man gang unit, and expanded its focus to combat both gangs and sex trafficking. Since then, the unit has filed three times as many indictments. But Marshall has been busy in other areas as well. She has requested that Portland Mayor Charlie Hales commit more resources to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. She filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Kitzhaber alleging the state was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by using sheltered workshops. Her office also sued the City of Portland for the Portland Police Bureau's excessive use of force against the mentally ill, following a federal report detailing the problem. The DOJ, city, and police union have employed mediation to try to agree on implimentation, but those talks have come to a standstill. Here's a few photos from the City Club event.

Segmentarticle - July 19, 2013

Naming Names

It's pretty unusual for police departments to name specific gang affiliations when they release details about gang-related acts of violence. Some law enforcement insiders say that naming a gang can glorify its members or instigate additional violence from rival gangs, like a scorecard or badge of honor. A report was distributed earlier this month at Portland's Gang Violence Task Force. The report, released at the request of the mayor's office, contained details about suspected gang-related incidents, including alleged gang affiliations. Among those in attendance at the public meeting were members of the media. The report went public. Portland police say there is no change in policy and they will not distribute a list of gang affiliations to the public in the future. 

Segmentarticle - July 29, 2011

Our Town: Woodburn

Woodburn may be best known to many as the home of Woodburn Company Stores — an popular outlet mall — or possibly the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest that happens every spring, but the town is so much more. Woodburn epitomizes the stories of immigration and growth that hit the headlines regularly. The population of Woodburn consists largely of Latinos, primarily from Mexico — people who came north to work on the farms, settled, and are now raising families, starting businesses, and supporting other friends and family members back home. There's also a considerable community of Orthodox Russians — largely Old Believers — that live in the countryside on the outskirts of town. Their main strip, Bethlehem Avenue, consists of three churches that pop out from amidst the fields. Many of their kids go to public school, but the group remains socially isolated. And finally there are the over 1500 homes for seniors that nestle around a golf course just east of I-5. Many of these people are not originally from Woodburn. They, too, seem to remain somewhat isolated. The town is dealing with issues of growth and change. How should the downtown properly reflect the community? How should the schools manage with an increasing number of kids? Where should farm workers live? What should be done about gangs and decrepit buildings? Are the Woodburn Company Stores the key to economic success or just an annoyance for people trying to get into town? In this program we'll explore the community of Woodburn. Have you visited, or do you live in Woodburn? What do you think makes the town unique? What do we need to know about Woodburn?

Segmentarticle - April 13, 2012

Candidate Conversation: Attorney General

If you're looking ahead to the May 15th Primary, you might want to pay particular attention to the Attorney General's race. Two Democrats (and no Republicans) are battling it out — and that means one of them will win the office this May. The candidates are Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum. Dwight Holton spent the last two years as the U.S. Attorney for Oregon. He stepped down in order to run for A.G. of Oregon. Previously he worked as a federal prosecutor. Holton grew up in Virginia where his father was the governor from 1970 to 1974. He was educated on the east coast but his website says this about his Oregon career: [He] has appeared in court over 1000 times, successfully prosecuting gangs, drug traffickers and terrorists. He stood up for consumers by attacking mortgage and financial fraud, put corporate polluters in prison and defended Oregonians’ civil rights. Ellen Rosenblum has practiced law for 14 years. She's worked as a federal prosecutor as well as an appellate and trial judge. She graduated from law school at the University of Oregon and began her practice at a small firm in Eugene. According to her website: [She] served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 2005-2011. During her time as a judge she presided over thousands of cases involving Oregon citizens—from small claims to more serious crimes.

Segmentarticle - April 24, 2012

Addressing Gang Violence

Rob Ingram is a successful, well-respected professional who works for the city of Portland. But a couple of decades ago, that career would have seemed completely unattainable. He says until his mid-20's he might as well have been a member of a gang. His brother and friends were, and he did many of the same things they did. He's been stabbed, shot, and arrested. He buried eight close friends and family members. His life-changing epiphany came after his brother was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He ultimately decided there must have been a reason that he was still alive and free, and that he had a responsibility to give back. And that's what he's been doing since the early 1990s. He now heads the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at the City of Portland. And he informally mentors kids who call him "Uncle Rob." About every other week he convenes a meeting with all the various agencies and organizations the city works with to address gang violence. There are community organizations like Brother's & Sister's Keepers, the Gang Enforcement Team and a youth gang police task force that's just been reinstated.

Segmentarticle - Oct. 22, 2010

Curbing Gang Violence

In eight years as pastor of Emmanuel Temple Church in Portland, Bishop C.T. Wells estimates he has eulogized "dozens" of young victims of gang violence. But he says the most recent funeral he led, for 18-year-old Borisshell Washington, was "particularly bad." Borisshell was a senior at Jefferson High School who was killed by gang gunfire in late May. Wells says a pervasive gang culture "expressed in music, the drug trade and in the manipulation of women" has gotten a foothold in Oregon's most populous city.  Last year, according to police, gang violence spiked by nearly 70 percent in Portland.

Segmentarticle - June 15, 2009

Taking Stock Of Gang Activity In Multnomah County

The Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment compiles data and anecdotal information about gang activity and prevention efforts.

Segmentarticle - July 10, 2014

Jackson County Responds To Gang Activity

A gang task force spent two years studying community members' perceptions of gang activity in the Southern Oregon county.

Segmentarticle - May 7, 2014

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