Gangs in LA Kill Off Duty Policeman; Warfare & Killing Police Continues; Four Florence 13 Gang Arrested; Gang Stoppage on Big Scale Seems Not Yet Possible

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SITUATION:
Arroyo killing of police officer bring response by police & city administration.
So far no real explanation for why this particular off duty policeman was killed;
Difficulty of LA Police to control gangs run by prisoners & Mexicans located elsewhere

BACKGROUND ON FLORENCE 13 GANG;
Gang formed 70 years ago accused of killing;
Florence 13 has absorbed smaller gang over time
Engaged in drug dealing & extortion, directed by distant leaders in Mexico
Gang Florencia 13 designated as a racketeering enterprise.
-13 means allegiance to Mexican Mafia;
Arturo Castellanos, one of leaders, is in Pelican prison for life;

HOW IS CURRENT POLICE DEALING WITH PROBLEM?
Not very effectively
F-13 is a large, multi-generational street gang for last 10 years:
Gang previously has been the subject of federal prosecutions;
Including two large racketeering casein past 10 years;
Florence 13 collects as much as $200 to $300/Mo.in protection money;
Gang members will be charged with violent crime in aid of racketeering,
Violence of crime carries potential death penalty
Or Minimum sentence of life in federal prison without possibility of parole.

LOCATION & SIZE OF THE GANG:
Gang Geography in East LA —Slauson Avenue North–101 Street on the South;
Membership in F13 Gang is 140 men;
Gang operates unlicensed dispensaries & underground casinos; plus drugs;

SOLUTIONS:
LA City should form specialized police & public service City organization & units;
Combining of Border Patrol, Immigration, FBI & LA City Police & Fed Drug Agency;
Would seem if more cooperation & info exchange with city, state & Fed would be effective;
No evidence of a massive effort to stop drug sales and racketeering;
Appears no way to determine the revenue volume of LA gangs or Mexican Mafia

SOURCE:
LA Times
“Arroyo killing puts LA Gang in spotlight”-
3 alleged gang members and an associate charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty LAPD officer
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/14/us/gang-members-charged-arroyo-shooting/index.html

https://www.kulturevulturez.com/east-los-angeles-ghetto-story/

Note Worthy: East Coast Crips have a hold on East LA east of 110;

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