North Philadelphia Community, Police Meet To Discuss Gang Activity

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In the aftermath of several gang-related killings, North Philadelphia community groups, and the police department gathered at the West Kensington Ministries at Norris Square on Thursday night for a workshop on gangs.

“We have to find out constantly what they’re doing and stop dismissing it.”

Philadelphia Police Detective Jose Valdez investigates gangs and hate crimes throughout the city. He says parents have to beware that modern gangs take many forms.

“The word gang is a violent word. It’s associated with robberies, with murder, so you can’t call it a gang. ‘Dad, mom- I’m not in a gang! I’m in a squad.'”

Valdez says many teens lie to their parents, saying they are part of dance groups or other organizations when in fact they are hanging with friends, doing drugs or committing crimes.

“If the parents at one time did not know, now they should know.”

Valdez says parents need to get familiarize with their children’s habits, including who they are talking to online since many gangs recruit on Facebook and Twitter.

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One Comment

  1. Francis Graff says:

    “Workshop” for gangs?? Now that’s a tough stance. If these are the only ideas our leaders can come up with, better put the “for sale” sign up. You cannot keep blaming the parents, when our courts are backlogged, our cops are sitting on their hands, the school system is failing, no jobs, closing libraries, in fighting among council, and a now a Mayor with no power. If this isn’t enough for the sign, wait until the property tax bill comes in. Seems they are all more concerned how to tax individual homes.

    1. Maria says:

      Thank you. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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