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.
On Monday, we explore how much Northwest gangs are now home grown and how communities try to keep gangs from taking root.Have you ever been in a gang, or known someone in a gang? Have you tried to convince someone not to join? What do you think is the best way to combat gang violence?
Note: If you caught Friday’s program, you may have heard that Monday’s show would include the story of a young woman who was a member of the Bloods in LA, then moved to Oregon to attend the U of O. She had to cancel her participation for personal reasons.
- Mike Beagan: President of Northwest Gang Investigators Unit
- Dave Benson: Commander of the Tactical Operations Division of the Portland Police Department
- Steve Briggs: Chief Counsel of the Criminal Division of Oregon’s Department of Justice
- Jay Prall: Police officer at the Keizer Police Department
- Tom Cole: Executive Director of Kids Unlimited of Oregon