ALBANY — The start-up gangs called hybrids in Albany are the ones that can be the most violent in their actions, according to an Albany Police Department Gang Unit officer.
Gang officials say hybrids are a group of three or more usually young men who gather on a continuous basis, have an allegiance to each other and a common purpose, which is always criminal.
“The hybrids are the most dangerous,” said Gang Unit Cpl. Prurince Dice. “They are just starting up. They want to prove themselves. They want to show off. They want to be noticed.”
In breaking up gangs, police all too often run into a problem with the parents of the gang member, said Gang Unit Cpl. Jean Casseus.
Talking about the disturbances last Fourth of July that caused, among other problems, a shortened fireworks display, Casseus explained that a mother stepped in to deny her son was in a gang.
“This is a major problem we have,” Casseus said. “The mother came yelling, ‘Don’t take my son. He ain’t in no gang.’”
The woman apparently was so wound up in denial about her son that she nearly fought with officers and could have ended in jail that night. Parents need to watch out for their children’s behavior, not contribute to their bad behavior, Casseus said, adding that if they don’t they could find their children in the position of a recently charged 19-year-old who was bargaining with the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office to take a sentence of 30 years rather than 80.
“I’ve got a message for gang members out there,” Casseus said. “Don’t sleep tight. We can kick your door in at any time.”