A Letter Parents Don’t Want To Get From The Cops: Your Kid’s In A Gang
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Aired 5/7/14 on KPBS News.
Parents can protest the gang designation, but KPBS found recently that the 10 parents who received the letters from the San Diego police didn't challenge the finding.
California law enforcement agencies are now required to notify parents before they document minors as gang members and give them the opportunity to appeal the decision.
KPBS recently took a look at the San Diego Police Department's notifications process, which involves sending a letter to parents. We found of the 10 parents who received the letters, none responded.
The police suggested parents may remain silent because they're already disengaged from their children or are afraid to snitch on their children. Marriage and family therapist Kahalifa King works with families impacted by gangs and said he believes mistrust of the police is the bigger factor.
Read the whole story. You also can find the audio version of the story on this webpage.
Our look into gang notifications continues our examination of San Diego's gang culture and the community's response to it.