Longview residents urge police to release gang details

Longview residents urge police to release gang details

POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:14am

On the heels of a report about local street gangs, some Longview residents Tuesday called on police to be more open about the city’s street gangs, including the what, when and where of their illegal operations.

“We cannot fight what we don’t know about,” said Madolyn Scott, a member of Neighborhood Crime Watch. “We have to know what is happening in this town.”

Scott said she knew gangs operated in Longview but had no idea there were so many or that some members are older.

In a story published Sunday in the News-Journal, Longview police Detective Lanie Smith said there are about 30 criminal street gangs active in the city and membership includes people ages 14 to 59.

Smith said local gang members are responsible for a variety of crimes including theft, assault and murder.

“We may be moving among some of these people, and we don’t know it,” Scott said.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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