Increased Gang Violence among Fresno Teens

September 8, 2009 9:49:14 PM PDT
Fresno's Police chief is warning of an increase in gang activity among Fresno's teenagers. Chief Jerry Dyer says 34 guns have been removed from our streets as a result of a recent gang crackdown. The police department focused their efforts in West Fresno and the notorious Bulldog Gang. Nearly three years ago, Dyer initiated a major operation to wipe out the Bulldogs.

But Dyer says, summer crime increased, especially among teenagers being recruited into gangs. He said, "We are starting to see a heavy recruitment of those 14 and 15 year olds. We are also starting to see 14 and 15 year olds engaged in a lot of gang violence within our community."

Dyer blames the increase in violence on the sheriff releasing inmates early. Dyer also says, the state is letting more criminals go on parole.

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