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Fifty arrested in Riverside gang crackdown

An armada of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies swooped down on the leadership of Riverside's most notorious gang Wednesday, making 50 arrests and seizing a small arsenal of weapons.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, standing before a table with two caged rattlesnakes and a large number of guns and knives, said 650 officers targeted 100 homes throughout the neighborhood. The main target was the decades-old East Side Rivas, which has links to the Mexican Mafia and has been implicated in hate crimes. But members the 1200 Blocc Crips also were arrested. The two leaders of the East Side Rivas escaped.

The seized weapons including AK-47 assault rifles and armor piercing bullets.

"This unprecedented operation is part of my ongoing promise to bring hope and restoration to the people of Riverside," Pacheco said.

-- David Kelly in Riverside

 
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i think that this is a joke that they just enforce a gang injuction. this gang has been committing hate crimes and murder and destroying a community.


Raymond Franklin was shot and killed in the driveway of his home on May 2, 2008. Franklin was a young, 23-year-old African American father of three with another child on the way. He grew up on Riverside’s Eastside near Patterson Park in East Side Riva gang territory. Franklin, however, was not a gang member. Rather, he became a mentor who discouraged neighborhood youth from joining gangs and encouraged them to become model citizens. Franklin himself completed school to become a correctional officer.
this have been going on for years. they are just now puting a gang injuction. its ok for african americans to be targets for yrs by mexican gangs. this all over california and know one speaks about this. and it doesnt make news. being a african american in riverside l.a county in the inner city you are out number and racist mexicans see you as shooting targets.

Great job! Now the Sheriff in city of Compton should do this too.


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