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Raids on alleged gang members in California

After warnings during a Ceasefire meeting between police and community members, Oakland gangs Case Boys and Money Team did not stop shooting in the streets. As a consequence of the violent crimes they are alleged to have committed, state, local and federal authorities arrested 18 alleged members of the Case Boys on a variety of charges.

A letter from the Oakland police chief was left at each raid location that warned if the shootings and deaths continued, they would continue to receive this type of unwanted attention. The letter also instructed them to pass the message to their family members and associates.

The 18 arrests included charges of robbery, assault of a police officer, attempted murder and suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Police hope the raids will send an intense message to the other alleged gang members that the shooting in the streets must stop. It should also be noted that while the Ceasefire program carries the threat of punishment, it also offers rewards. Those who wish to leave the gang life are offered the chance for housing, employment and drug rehabilitation. Ceasefire programs in other cities have reduced crime dramatically.

Sometimes police raids result in improper arrests or the arrests of individuals who are not involved in alleged gang activities. An individual who faces serious violent crime charges may want to consult a criminal attorney who may review the case. The attorney may be able to find irregularities in the search and seizure process, which may result in the reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Source: Mercury News, "Tammerlin Drummond: Ceasefire turns up heat on Oakland gangs," Tammerlin Drummond, March 12, 2013

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