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Alexander English is a 23 year-old African American who lives in North Portland. According to witnesses he was on the porch of his home, arguing with some people in a dark blue sedan, when shots were fired from the car. English was hit multiple times. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and is expected to survive. This was on Tuesday morning. It was the fourth third suspected gang-related shooting in less than a week in Portland. Police believe the four are not connected. Portland Mayor Sam Adams expressed his sadness over the shootings when he was on our show on Tuesday morning. He described the work of the gang task force in trying to prevent this kind of violence and said that people need to report suspected gang activity.
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.
Portland police plan to ramp up efforts to prevent gang violence this summer. Gang violence in Portland is already higher than usual this year, and officials are worried that gang activity will increase during the summer months, when kids are out of school. Last year around this time, we covered an uptick in gang-related shootings. The Portland Police Bureau will pull officers from three divisions: Drug and Vice, Training, and Family Services, which responds to domestic violence incidents. The U.S. Attorney has reassigned three more prosecutors to deal with gang-related gun possessions (there is currently only one prosecutor).
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.
We continue our occasional series highlighting different responses to gang violence in Oregon with a look at a boxing program in Medford, part of a larger approach called Keep Encouraging Youth (KEY).
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Portland Police have reassigned several officers to take part in what they call a "Cool Down," following Shalamar Edmond's killing. He was 18.
Portland authorities are looking for leads in Sunday night’s deadly shooting in North Portland.
A new OPB and Fox 12 poll shows more than half of those surveyed think gang activity is on the rise, but far fewer think it is doing so in their communities. Portland police say they are seeing a second generation of kids drawn to violence.
Over the last few years, several young people have been shot by gang members in Portland. Some shootings have been downtown. There was one at a funeral. Gang members open fire, sometimes finding their target, sometimes an innocent bystander. But even when there are dozens of witnesses, police say investigations are often stymied by a wall of silence.
We’ve been taking a look at gangs in the Pacific Northwest this week. And we’ve seen that violence can erupt anywhere -- from secluded fishing holes to small town streets. But rural communities don’t always have the gang prevention programs available to cities.
Governor Kitzhaber visited Northeast Portland Friday to talk about the problem of gang violence, and how to improve the economy.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden joined local officials Thursday to say he's underscoring the importance of federal funding for anti-gang programs.
Last night, the shock of a 14-year old boy's recent murder gave rise to two gatherings in North Portland. The city has been staggered by the shooting of Shiloh Hampton, a freshman at Madison High.