New Approach Needed to Dismantle Street Gangs
Harry C. Alford | 4/10/2013, 9 p.m.
The next thing we need to do is to write new legislation. Organized street gangs are already being broadly prosecuted as racketeering enterprises. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) should be amended to explicitly include street gangs with certain, severe prosecution of their leadership. Everyone knows who the leaders are and where they live. A good example of this is how authorities are currently going after the street gang MS – 13.
According to the Associated Press, "The Obama administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS–13 to be an international criminal group. ...The aim is to freeze it out of the U.S. financial system and seize what are estimated to be millions of dollars in criminal profits from drug... and other crimes committed in this country."
Let's form a task force like the old "Untouchables." Make them forfeit their assets, bust up their leadership and strongly police our banking system that plays along with some of the vast money laundering that is taking place. If we follow the money and clean up the inside corruption, we will begin to turn the tide. Imagine our nation becoming a populous of people living productive lives once again. Right now we are just seeing our cultures and neighborhoods slide into oblivion. It is not something so great that we cannot manage. Some common sense, a lot of courage and a taste of vision could change it around. God bless us.
Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: email@example.com.