A 200-member police task force, seeking to reduce gang violence, descended on South Los Angeles this weekend, sweeping up 270 suspects on suspicion of wrongdoing ranging from jaywalking to murder, authorities said Sunday.
But gang activity went unabated in other parts of the city, where at least one teen-ager was killed in a drive-by shooting, and three others were wounded in a street fight.
This was the Los Angeles Police Department's third weekend of highly visible patrols aimed at reducing gang violence. The patrols netted 139 suspects, including two on suspicion of murder, Saturday night and 131 suspects Friday night.
"The idea is to arrest gang members any legal way possible," Lt. Bruce Hagerty said. "There's no penal section too small. They're being arrested for jaywalking, being drunk in public, traffic violations--everything from very minor crimes to dangerous felonies."