As Shootings Increase, N.Y.C Returns to Disputed Tactic: Gang Takedowns

The authorities are responding to a wave of gun violence. But their anti-gang tactics have long faced criticism for unfairly targeting young Black people.

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U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors

The decision will affect tens of thousands of cases moving through backlogged immigration courts.

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Justice Dept. Ends Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse Survivors

The move is one of the Justice Department’s most significant reversals of a Trump-era policy.

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Bouncy Castles and Grenades: Gangs Erode Maduro’s Grip on Caracas

As Venezuela collapses, armed gangs are taking over parts of the capital, exposing President Maduro’s vulnerability even in his seat of power.

#caracas-venezuela, #corruption-institutional, #gangs, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government

An Anti-Gang Activist, a Shooting and a Community Long Abused and Ignored

“The Holly,” by Julian Rubinstein, explores the history of gang violence in a historically Black Denver neighborhood, and the often misguided efforts of law enforcement agencies to reduce it.

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2 Men Charged in Killing of Davell Gardner, 1, at Brooklyn Cookout

Investigators believe the men charged in the death of Davell Gardner, the city’s youngest gun violence victim last year, were part of a deadly feud between gangs in Brooklyn, police have said.

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Arrests Shake Up a Soccer Scene in Serbia Ruled by Gangsters and ‘Gravediggers’

A reputed gangster and leader of an “ultras” fan group, who also reportedly had ties to the government, has been arrested following a series of gruesome murders connected to a Belgrade soccer stadium.

#belgrade-serbia, #gangs, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #soccer, #vucic-aleksandar

Haiti Braces for Unrest as President Refuses to Step Down

Haiti is “on the verge of explosion,” the country’s Episcopal bishops say. Many accuse the government of supporting gangs to stay in power as a constitutional crisis looms.

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A Teenager Went 3 Floors Down to Play Video Games. He Never Came Home.

Kahlik Grier, 16, was fatally shot in a random encounter in the stairwell of his Bronx apartment building, the police said.

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Dante Barksdale Crusaded Against Gun Violence in Baltimore. Then He Was Shot and Killed.

Dante Barksdale helped lead Baltimore’s Safe Streets program and was a nephew of Nathan Barksdale, a drug trafficker known as Bodie who was an inspiration for the character Avon Barksdale in “The Wire.”

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14 Gang Leaders Directed MS-13 ‘Wave of Death,’ U.S. Says

Prosecutors have indicted the men they say make up the “board of directors” of the gang, which has terrorized parts of Long Island.

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Freed Nigeria Schoolboys Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

Capitalizing on a rare victory, the Nigerian government publicly displayed the more than 300 boys who had been released, and insisted it had not paid ransom.

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Why Some Young New Yorkers Carry Guns

Police struggling to stem a rising wave of shootings in New York City are confronting a deep-seated subculture that glorifies guns.

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Police Face Backlash Over Virus Rules. Enter ‘Violence Interrupters.’

Groups trained to prevent gun and gang violence are being tapped to persuade New York City residents to follow social-distancing rules.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gangs, #hispanic-americans, #new-york-city, #police, #race-and-ethnicity

‘License to Kill’: Inside Rio’s Record Year of Police Killings

A Times analysis found officers shoot without restraint, protected by their bosses and by politicians, certain that illegal killings will not be held against them.

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Screams in a Park, a Body With a Tattoo and MS-13 Is Now Accused

New federal charges accuse members of the gang of committing murders in a Queens park, on a subway platform and outside a residential home.

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A Closed Border, Dashed Hopes and a Looming Disaster

The United States, citing the coronavirus, is shutting off access for anyone trying to claim asylum from the Mexican border.

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