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San Diego Gang Stories Retrospective

Feb. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Ana Tintocalis

What's the gang world like in America's Finest City? For several months, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been compiling a series of reports that she calls San Diego Gang Stories. It explains local gangs through the eyes of the people who come in contact with them. For the next hour, we'll bring you a special report that incorporates this series of Gang Stories.

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

Aug. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

CalGang, a database used by law enforcement agencies to track gang ties, may infringe on Californians' privacy rights, lacks rigorous oversight and is rife with errors, according to a new state audit.

Cornel West To Discuss Race, Policing In Southeastern San Diego

Cornel West To Discuss Race, Policing In Southeastern San Diego

Nov. 6
By Megan Burks

The event continues the discussion around a controversial gang conspiracy law used to jail several men from the neighborhood.

Report: Early Intervention Key To Keeping San Diego County Kids Out...

Report: Early Intervention Key To Keeping San Diego County Kids Out Of Gangs

Oct. 19
By Megan Burks, City News Service

Ramped up preventative efforts and early interventions are needed to bring down the number of San Diego County youths joining gangs because parental disapproval alone may not be enough, according to a report released Monday by the San Diego Association of Governments.

San Diego Prosecutor Who Put Mexican Street Gang Members Behind Bar...

San Diego Prosecutor Who Put Mexican Street Gang Members Behind Bars Honored

July 10
By City News Service

Mark Amador endured threats of violence while working as the lead prosecutor in three trials of "Los Palillos" gang members.

Two Men Wounded In Possible Gang-Related Shooting In San Diego

Two Men Wounded In Possible Gang-Related Shooting In San Diego

June 29
By City News Service

The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday in San Diego's Mount Hope neighborhood. The victims' injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Krav Maga Another Non-Lethal Tool For San Diego County Law Enforcement

Krav Maga Another Non-Lethal Tool For San Diego County Law Enforcement

June 24
By Tarryn Mento

Some San Diego County law enforcement officers are training in a technique that could be an extra tool when situations escalate.

Roundtable Reviews the SDPD, Baja Press Problems, Salton Sea Crisis

Roundtable Reviews the SDPD, Baja Press Problems, Salton Sea Crisis

March 20
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The results of the federal audit of the SDPD are in. Government leaders in Baja are accusing a newspaper chain of extortion. And the Salton Sea is still in deep trouble and the consequences more apparent.

San Diego Gangs Outsourcing Pimping Duties To Women

San Diego Gangs Outsourcing Pimping Duties To Women

Feb. 9
By Amita Sharma

The women serve as enforcers who still turn tricks — but they reap none of the profits and are used to shield pimps from police scrutiny.

San Diego Rapper Pleads Not Guilty To Gang Conspiracy Charge

San Diego Rapper Pleads Not Guilty To Gang Conspiracy Charge

Dec. 4
By California Capitol Network

The nine local shootings connected to Duncan's case occurred between May 2013 and February of this year.

San Diego Rapper Faces Life Sentence For Album

San Diego Rapper Faces Life Sentence For Album

Dec. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Rapper Brandon Duncan, who goes by the name "Tiny Doo," is on trial today in connection with a string of gang-related shootings. His connection to the alleged crimes: a rap album.

Dozens Arrested In Imperial County Drug Bust

Dozens Arrested In Imperial County Drug Bust

Oct. 21
By Jill Replogle

Authorities arrested 43 people in predawn raids Tuesday that prosecutors said are linked to a large-scale methamphetamine and heroin trafficking organization in Imperial County.

'Los Palillos' Boss Gets Nine Life Terms For Killings, Kidnappings ...

'Los Palillos' Boss Gets Nine Life Terms For Killings, Kidnappings In San Diego

Oct. 14
Kelly Wheeler / City News Service

Los Palillos splintered off from Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel in 2002. It set up operations in San Diego, murdering nine people.

Council Supports Initiative To Fight San Diego Gangs But Requests D...

Council Supports Initiative To Fight San Diego Gangs But Requests Details

Sept. 29
By Tarryn Mento

To address gang activity, the city’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention proposed a new initiative that begins as early as preschool.

A Letter Parents Don't Want To Get From The Cops: Your Kid's In A G...

A Letter Parents Don't Want To Get From The Cops: Your Kid's In A Gang

May 7
By Megan Burks

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.

San Diego Gang Notification Letters Are A Win For Transparency — An...

San Diego Gang Notification Letters Are A Win For Transparency — And So Far Not Much Else

April 28
By Megan Burks

A new law lets parents step in before police add their child's name to a statewide gang database. So far, no one has taken the cops up on the offer.

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