Filmmaker Junior Gonzalez made it his goal to show his Salvadoran culture in a positive light. Or, in any light at all, really. There were no films that he could think of on the subject, save for those on the notorious MS-13 street gang.
"When I say I'm Salvadoran, some people will throw up gang si ... More >>
For those among you who are "down" and perhaps for those who are not, you know that much brouhaha was made by the FBI's inclusion of Juggalos -- ie fans of Insane Clown Posse -- in their 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. This, of course, put them in the same category as well-organized Mexican-he ... More >>
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss charges against Alex Sanchez, the controversial gang-intervention leader accused of continuing to be a murderous "shot caller" for the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) organization even as he glad-handed local leaders with a message of peace on the ... More >>
Mara Salvatrucha, the Salvadoran American group that got its start in the heart of L.A.'s Koreatown, has been designated by federal authorities as an international criminal organization, a first for a street gang.
MS-13, as it's also known, "is being targeted for its involvement in serious transnat ... More >>
*Mara Salvatrucha, Koreatown Gang, Is Now An International Crime Syndicate.
Even as the federal government announced this week that it would crack down on the Mara Salvatrucha gang, treating it as a "transnational criminal organization" on the level of a major drug cartel, L.A. police hav ... More >>
Updated at the bottom with a report stating there's a gang truce. First posted at 7:07 a.m. Monday.
A spate of gang-related shootings have broken out in and around Koreatown in recent months, most happening in a neighborhood known as the epicenter of the global El Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha gang.
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On a warm and breezy afternoon over the weekend a bicyclist was run off the road by an SUV in Koreatown and then gunned down.
It remains a whodunnit for the LAPD, which named the victim of Saturday's attack as 19-year-old Shaoyan Almazan. A friend who was also on a bike was shot in the hand and sur ... More >>
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Sick Jacken sees the gas mask wherever he goes. That's the iconic emblem of Psycho Realm, the underground rap familia that he and his brother, Gustavo "B ... More >>
Yesterday we told you that the LAPD was gearing up for this afternoon's opening game against the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.
Cops will be swarming the venue, the parking lots and even surrounding parks in an effort to prevent the kind of opening-day violence the befell Giants fan Bryan Stow last yea ... More >>
The LAPD is trying to track down the shooter who killed a man and wounded three others outside the Mayan club downtown over the weekend.
Cops seem to be frustrated: They say the surviving victims aren't talking. That's to be expected though: The beef that sparked the attack was reported to involve ... More >>
When two undercover L.A. cops were shot in the face over the weekend they were working on one of L.A.'s more notorious crack streets, controlled by the Mara Salvatrucha gang and only a few blocks from its 18th Street archenemies.
The area in Koreatown near Westlake and Pico-Union had been quiet, an ... More >>
Los Angeles TimesPuddle of blood remained days after Saray Rivas' murderBy Ryan Deto
No one at the apartment complex in the 1300 block of 3rd Avenue called the cops after they heard gunshots. Saray Rivas, a 15-year-old Latina girl, lay in a puddle of blood for 12 hours until the renter of th ... More >>
www.charlydmiller.comCruz (not pictured) claims he was restrained and beatenLawsuits alleging physical abuse against police officers are notoriously difficult to win.
They're the ultimate he-said, she-said, and since there is generally not much proof other than bruises and black-eyes, most folks ... More >>
Representatives of Twitter and Facebook said they cooperate with authorities investigating gangs that use the social-networking tools to communicate about crime, according to a report.
"Representatives from Twitter and Facebook say they regularly cooperate with police and supply information ... More >>
Sanchez.Alex Sanchez, the Los Angeles anti-gang activist accused by federal authorities of diving back into street life and conspiring to commit serious crimes, was granted bail Wednesday, according to Celeste Fremon's WitnessLA.
After two hearings on the matter and much support for Sanchez ... More >>
Alex Sanchez.Cops were asked by a federal judge to come to court next week and testify in a bail hearing for anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez, who has been jailed without bail on federal charges of alleged involvement in multiple slayings, assaults and extortion.
U.S. district court Judge Man ... More >>
Los Angeles anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez, who's still sitting in jail and facing federal charges for allegedly living a double life as a "shot caller" with the notorious MS-13 gang, will get another bail hearing on Wednesday.Anti-gang expert Alex SanchezU.S. District Judge Manuel Real had prev ... More >>
Along the Olympic corridor between Koreatown and downtown, it's been a quiet year for crime. This despite the proximity of two of the largest gangs in the United States, 18th Street and Mara Salvatrucha, which used to be at each others throats.Dennis RomeroLeeward Avenue in Koreatown is Mara Salvatr ... More >>
A few hours after anti-gang expert Alex Sanchez and other alleged members of the notorious MS-13 gang were arrested in Los Angeles for federal racketeering charges on Wednesday, the non-profit organization Sanchez ran, Homies Unidos, took down its Web site without explanation. Now that has changed . ... More >>
In a shocking development in the gang world today, the FBI has arrested high-profile anti-gang expert Alex Sanchez at his Bellflower home on federal racketeering charges, according to the Associated Press. Homies Unidos Executive Director Alex SanchezAs executive director of the Los Angeles-based, n ... More >>
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has filed suit to seize an apartment building that allegedly serves as a 24-hour narcotics pharmacy run by the Mara Salvatrucha gang. Also known by its initials MS-13, the gang was formed in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants during the 1980s. The lawsuit was not ser ... More >>