Compiled by Billie Jordan in the Mid-Wilshire District.
“I think it’ll work because it’ll stop gang members that have previous strikes from being with other gang members. It’ll give them fear that if they hang out with other gang members they could get another strike.”
“Yeah, it can help. I think it’ll make people think twice about doing anything wrong.”
“I believe so and the police department needs to reinforce their gang task force. They shouldn’t be so lenient. They need to really go after the gangsters.”
“Somewhat. In the old days, we had real neighborhoods; everybody took care of everybody. We knew everybody and if something [needed handling], we’d take care of it ourselves. Police use to be a kind of safeguard – that was the last resort. These days we need outside help.”
“Theoretically, I think they could but how is this different from profiling lower income and people of color. I think we’re calling profiling another name.”
Northeast Los Angeles
“I can’t get with that as a member of this community, because I feel that some of these people can’t stop the gangs from hanging in their territorial neighborhoods. I think you’re just victimizing people who are already victims.”