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Gang Task Force members reveal enforcement

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.”

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

There's your problem right there. Parents defending their sons saying "They ain't done nothing wrong" (They never do) "He's a good boy" (They always are) Either the parents are involved with their kids in gangs, or they don't know their sons as well as they think they do. Maybe it's time to start locking the parents up in jail.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

Totally, totally agree with you on this.

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Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

"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.”

Sounds exactly like a gang member.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

How about the DA & the Gang Task Force look into activity at the Mabry or beside there in the vacant Title Pawn Shop. In the back parking lot there are some shoes tied together hanging on a power line. You know what that means... activity and not the good kind.

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sogalakesue 1 year, 8 months ago

I remember well several years ago Albany's Police Chief at the time, Washington Long, coming on television and saying, "Gangses...we ain't got no gangses". Yeah, right.

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AnotherMom 1 year, 8 months ago

VSU is partially correct. There are no parents defending their sons. It is the mothers who are saying their "babies" haven't done anything wrong. There are no fathers in the picture which is the first part of the problem. The second part is that the mothers don't raise their kids. They expect grandma, the school system & everyone else to raise them. But they are the first to scream their wonderful child has done nothing wrong. Because, of course, it is someone else's fault; they do not believe in taking responsibility for their actions.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

The father is no good to them if he is a gang member or criminal.

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bigbob 1 year, 8 months ago

They are so protective of their kids because every kid that goes to jail lowers their welfare check. How would they buy their i phone, hummers, etc.

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