Cities across the USA fight to control street gangs
USA Today — The recent surge in violence that left 10 dead in Chicago during the Memorial Day weekend underscores a continuing national struggle to control criminal gangs whose numbers continue to grow even as violent crime has declined throughout much of the nation.
Of the 200 murders in Chicago so far this year — up from 139 at the same time last year — local police said that about 80% were gang-related in a city whose gang membership is estimated at more than 100,000.
“We’re trying to get our arms around it,” said Robert Tracy, Chicago’s chief of crime control strategies. “We’re trying everything.”