Gangs

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

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Police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody in connection with last Friday’s shooting after a Raines High School football game, which left one dead and two wounded.

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Monday night, three Duval School Board members held a forum to try to help people identify the signs of gang violence.

Concerned neighbors met at a church on the northwest side of Jacksonville to talk about how to help kids in their community.

At Zion Hope Baptist Church on Edgewood Avenue, a crowd of about 40 people have gathered to talk about violence. Community organizer Mickee Brown is explaining why some kids join gangs.

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Empowering communities to take control over gang violence is the goal of a public forum happening Monday evening on Jacksonville’s northwest side.

Three county School Board members are leading the meeting.

District 4 School Board member Paula Wright says people should come to Monday evening’s meeting ready to listen and take notes.

Wright said, “We want to enlighten our entire community on aspects of gang activity. And I think people don’t know what to look for, and if you don’t know what to look for, you can’t begin to solve the problem.”

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A recent surge in gang violence has Jacksonville city officials scrambling for solutions. The mayor and sheriff are pushing separate initiatives to attack the problem.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown made his announcement Wednesday at a Northwest Jacksonville community center surrounded by clergymen.  

“Enough is enough. We are not going to tolerate the violence in our city,” Brown said.

Then, Brown gave a strong warning:

“What’s happening in Baltimore can happen in Jacksonville if we don’t do what we need to do.”

Rhema Thompson

A prevalent local street gang has been dealt “a serious blow,” according to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.