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Arrests lead to gang pushback

ALBANY, Ga. — Following multiple arrests of people believed to be Crip gang members for racketeering, gunfire has erupted and threats have been phoned in to the Albany Police Department.

“There have been some calls that they were going to hurt police officers. Specifically some of our Gang Task (Unit) members,” Police Chief John Proctor said after a task force meeting Thursday. “That is not going to deter us.”

Officer Dillard Glover dodged bullets when he pulled up to answer a 911 call of shots being fired on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“We don’t know if it was a set up, but it felt like one,” Proctor said. “They (gang members) gave every indication they were trying to get a police officer.”

According to a police report, six gang members — including the latest arrested, David Lenard Stephens, 20 — have been placed in the Dougherty County Jail on charges of street gang activity, aggravated assault against an officer and other charges.

Rolando Dupree Frazier remains wanted in connection with the case, the report added.

Proctor said the hunt for Frazier is on with state and federal officers, including the U.S. Marshal Service, taking part to search in Thomasville and Florida. Another multi-agency operation provided ignition for the gang violence.

“Operation Shock,” a multi-agency law enforcement operation, reportedly led to the push-back of gunfire and threats. The operation served about 400 warrants on 54 Crips gang members for charges including racketeering.

Many of the accused Crips were already in jail, but 10 others were rounded up. All of them were described by police as gang leaders.

District Attorney Greg Edwards has said, “We have overwhelming evidence — without a reasonable doubt — that each is a gang member with rank and standing in the gang hierarchy.”

Proctor also has no doubts, “They believe that if they pushback, we will stop doing our jobs. No we won’t.”

Comments

IMRIGHT 3 years, 2 months ago

Gang pushback????What in heck has happened to my hometown?????

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waltspecht 3 years, 2 months ago

I can remember when Albany had several Officers that competed and placed well in the Practical Police Pistol Event put on within the State. I believe there was even a Champion or two. Maybe it's time these Officers got the time and money to make them into excellent shots. Then anyone would certainly think twice before they shot at any of them. Possibly we could go European, where a sub-machine gun is a standard weapon. Or at least let them carry a patrol rifle in a pistol caliber. Sometimes you have got to strike fear into the hearts and minds of those opposing Justice.

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tbmuch 3 years, 2 months ago

@waltspecht, yes, you have to let the criminal element know that you are more determined than they are to reach your goal, which is to eliminate their activities from the streets of Albany and if need be, eliminate them as well, permanently.

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GeorgiaAl 3 years, 2 months ago

My question all along has been ",What took you so long???" They have been in charge of the streets for years and now you act....My suggestion....Full body armor!!!!!

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Terihdfxr 3 years, 2 months ago

Simple instructions Shoot first ask questions later. If this community would unite against these people we could win the fight. This means get out there and force the City Commissioners, the district attorney, and the judges to enforce the maximum penalties in these cases. Look at the arrest records of these criminals and their still walking our streets. How many people have to die before they lock these guys up for good. The police have to be frustrated when they arrest these folks and their back on the streets in no time. The courts and probation officers need to be held accountable for letting these guys walk. They know who they are and what they do. Ban them for life from the city.

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KaosinAlbany 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you! I couldn't have said that any better.

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KaosinAlbany 3 years, 2 months ago

@ GeorgiaAl - Past police chiefs did nothing about the gangs and now we have a good chief that is not afraid to take them on. I am thankful the city found Chief Proctor because he has done more for this town and it's crime problem than anyone has in the past 10 to 20 years. Thank you APD and please be safe out there.

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GeorgiaAl 3 years, 2 months ago

Point well taken.....It is a sad state of affairs when the "good guys" are afraid of the "bad guys" and the "bad guys" aren't afraid of anything!!!! GO GET 'EM CHIEF!!!!!!

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ganewsie 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh my God. Thank you so much for all you do, APD. You are brave souls.

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chinaberry25 3 years, 2 months ago

Shoot to kill, that is the answer. They will do it to you without any thought. The only problem is that they are very poor shots and the drama is all they care about anyway. If they were worth anything, they would have already proven themselves, but the prey on weaker than themselves, and that is easy way out. Junkies and prostitutes aren't hard to target. A rival gang member, so what.

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waltspecht 3 years, 1 month ago

How about a $50 per month bonus for all Officers that shoot Expert? Monthly quals and City pays for the ammo. One of the older retired Troopers many years ago was in a stop and rob at 3 AM. Two young thugs came in and started intimidating the female clerk. The old man walked up to the counter to pay for his bread and milk. One Thug said you scared of us old man, ain't you. The Old Trooper calmly put his hand up behind his back and said "Son, there's only two things in this world that scare me, God and my Momma. You sure as S--t don't look like my Momma." Both Thugs beat a hasty retreat because they knew what the man had behind his back, and that he intended to use it if necessary. The APD was called, but because no weapon was shown or demands made, they couldn't do anything. The Clerk asked APD if they thought the Old Man would have shot. The answer was Heck Yes!

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