Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Little Gangsters

The Post looks at the crime between D.C. and P.G. County, which seems to suggest that some criminals have relocated from the City to P.G. The Police note that most of the murders are revenge killings, either because of disrespect or retailiation. Of course drugs has a lot to do with it also.

"Former D.C. police chief Isaac Fulwood Jr., who experienced a similar crime surge in the city in the early 1990s, believes that some of the county's problems stem from the District's systematic effort to raze and scatter public housing complexes. He said many of those residents, who can no longer afford to live in the District's increasingly expensive housing market, took their vouchers and moved to Prince George's.
Some of those low-income residents were raised in city neighborhoods that were steeped in violence and simply brought that culture with them to the suburbs, Fulwood said.
'In the 1990s, they had an influx of killings because of cocaine trafficking,' which fueled high homicide rates, Crawford said. 'Now these kids are mirroring D.C. as far as they are not going to take any junk from one of their friends. . . . They want to be little gangsters. That is pretty much it. It's a whole different story now.'"
- Living on Edge of Violence

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