Introduction Monster: an Autobiography of an L.A. Gang tells the story of Kody Scott and how he joined and left the gang life. Kody Scott grew up in a world of violence, gangs, suffering, and in a life of struggle during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Kody was born into the gang life in South Central Los Angeles whether he liked it or not because of the corruption going on there at the time. Kody’s life would be greatly affected by the outnumbering gangs growing around the area where he lived.
Sometimes parents are to blame, sometimes the neighborhood you live in is to blame, but more recently the derivative of gun violence is the gangs. In the fifties gang were produced to stop the whites from entering the blacks communities to terrorize them. The purpose of the gangs back then was to protect their neighborhood. Now with the gangs fighting for territory and respect it seems like they have become greedy and wanting more power, money and respect. These thing have been achieved through violence most of it through gun play.
All it needed was a spark- the elements were already there” (Police 1). School officials knew that this spot was the perfect spot to commit crimes, extra precaution needed to take place to prevent such things from happening. According to Kevin Fagan, “The courtyard where the attack erupted was the most infamous spot on campus, an out of the way, poorly lit venue for gang initiations and dopers lighting up joints” (2). The city of Richmond is a poor, gang filled city with high crime and the 15-year old girl was an innocent victim of it just trying to fit in and feel accepted by her peers. “As for the suspects: They were a mix of the bad boys, the wannabe bad boys, and the hardened, grown-up bad boys who had aged out of school” (Fagan 2).
Gang violence is pretty much defined as the rivalry between different groups of people. Before I started researching gang violence I knew that there are gangs everywhere and almost all of them are very violent. When your in a gang it’s pretty much your family. You have to do anything for them. I also knew that gangs appeal to young people because there’s a lot of power that you get.
The inmates in the Pelican Bay Prison have committed crimes, such as murder and robberies so they can get what they want without working for it. Many people who come from proof neighborhoods often choose crimes as a means of getting by because they feel that society is not set up to help
The police towards this goal such as: tapping phone line to potential criminal or drug dealers. Various sting operation trying to intervene and stop the distribution of drugs before entering our street and cites. My belief is that, with these many helpful tactics in place, it is very difficult to totally eliminate the distribution of all drugs in our society. The Cocaine Cowboys was an illegal
He was later convicted of killing a thirteen year old boy. Then there is Freddie whose life consisted of violence like shooting a girl with a BB gun hitting a rival gang member in the head with a hammer and selling crack. The Juvenile Court judge said that his mother could not control him and he was placed in the Audy House. The list goes on and on so that after a while the faces become blurred for the people working at the Audy House. While dealing with Chicago's Juvenile Court system, Ayers always has to compare the contrast to his own children lives .His son who had just turned sixteen,has opened birthday cards and presents,basketball, video games,gift certificates,clothes and a trip to get his drivers license.
If they do not go to school the only other option is to join a gang to make money have protection. Gangs are everywhere, they are in their homes, on the streets and every night you can hear gunshots and violence in the street. The only thing I really didn’t see a lot of in the article was a plan to help the kids. 3. What are some of the definitional issues of gangs that still plague law enforcement in the context of developing a national gang database?
It is a group of individuals that want to find their place but have no direction to guide them. In the end though, a functionalist would view a gang as a dysfunction because it does not really provide anything positive to a society and only brings harm and instability due to its unorganized and violent nature (Schaefer, 2011, pg.
THERE IS an estimate of over 25,000 blood and crips gangs in the United States, that have been killed in street gangs since the 1990's. Because of these violent events, those who live in poor areas of the country are judged: “every child with a tattoo and street child is seen as a thug who is a menace to soecity , ” Gangs never used to be called gangs, and some still do not call themselves gangs Although several gang members see themselves as a family it is pointed out that gangs are a criminal enterprise. Gang members often come from, abusive, or broken homes, poor living conditions, lack of discipline, neglect and low incomes The stereotype that these people are all thugs has become one of the reasons gangs rebel against