New York’s Kelly Plans ‘Crew Cut’ for Gang Members
New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, a former Marine, plans to use social media to give the city’s emerging street gangs a buzz cut with an aggressive new anti-gang initiative called Operation Crew Cut.
Kelly will announce the strategy today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in San Diego.
New York’s loosely affiliated gangs, or “street crews,” “[are] responsible for much of the violence in and around public housing,” Kelly said. “Under a program we’ve named operation Crew Cut, the department intends to double the size of its Gang Division from approximately 150 detectives to 300.”
While other cities with entrenched gangs, like Los Angeles and Chicago, have identified as many as 100,000 gang members who belong to powerful national groups, New York’s experience has so far run counter to that trend, and Kelly’s plan aims to cut the emerging gangs down at their roots — turning crew members’ rising use of social media against them.
Crew Cut is, Kelly said, an initiative that will target “[not] large, established gangs such as the Bloods and Crips, but [the] looser associations of younger men who identify themselves by the block they live on, or on which side of a housing development they reside. Their loyalty is to their friends living in a relatively small area and their rivalries are based not on narcotics trafficking or some other entrepreneurial interest, but simply on local turf.” Read More
This worries me because I know these ”Operations” like TNT (Tactical Narcotics Teams) which targeted crack dealers, always seem to have unintended/unforeseen consequences that adversely affects the community they are supposedly trying to make safer. A Buzz Cut? Really?