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December 25, 1990 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gang violence, murder and drug dealing are among the worst and most explosive problems afflicting Los Angeles. Police have tried battering rams on fortified crack houses, pre-dawn raids on known gang hangouts, and massive sweeps in a show of force that they call "Operation Hammer." They have also tried Neighborhood Watch groups and school programs.
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OPINION
September 26, 1993
As Errol Smith stated so eloquently, "Call Out the Guard to Put the Lid on L.A. Crime" (Commentary, Sept. 15), indeed! Los Angeles possesses a level of violence that is unparalleled in any other nation that is presumably "at peace." The numbers of deaths, injuries, etc., and the proliferation of military assault weaponry make clear that this is a full-fledged regional conflict of the sort for which military intervention has traditionally been deemed appropriate; it is far beyond the capacity of law enforcement alone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Police task force called Operation Hammer arrested 352 people in South Los Angeles over the weekend. It was the 10th in a series of sweeps this year aimed at reducing gang-related street violence. Special squads, totaling 167 officers working Saturday night and early Sunday, arrested 138 people, including 61 gang members. They seized 32 ounces of cocaine, 6 1/2 ounces of marijuana and a little more than 8 ounces of other narcotics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1990 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gang violence, murder and drug dealing are among the worst and most explosive problems afflicting Los Angeles. Police have tried battering rams on fortified crack houses, pre-dawn raids on known gang hangouts, and massive sweeps in a show of force that they call "Operation Hammer." They have also tried Neighborhood Watch groups and school programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police are expressing renewed concern that the gang problem on the Westside is growing out of control, particularly in Hollywood. Since Aug. 1, there have been at least six gang-related killings in Hollywood, the most recent on Tuesday morning, police said. In response to the gang problem, a 110-member law enforcement team swept through the Westside on Friday night and well into Saturday, looking for known gang members and watching for gang-related criminal activity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1989 | SANDY BANKS, Times Staff Writer
Attorney Paul Takakjian remembers the outrage he felt at the news. Karen Toshima, a young Long Beach woman with a promising career as a graphic artist, was shot in the head as she strolled in Westwood, the innocent victim of a bullet fired in a gang fight. Today, Takakjian begins the defense in court of the man accused of firing the fatal shot. And the repercussions of that shot continue to reverberate throughout the city.
NEWS
September 18, 1989
The Los Angeles Police Department's Operation Hammer anti-gang task force arrested 204 people over the weekend, including 121 suspected gang members, police said Sunday. About 250 officers were assigned to the operation that ended early Sunday in South-Central Los Angeles. Of those arrested, 40 were suspected gang members taken into custody on felony charges, including nine for alleged narcotics violations, a police spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1990
A Los Angeles Police Department gang task force swept through West Los Angeles Friday night, arresting 75 people, including 46 known gang members, and recovering six guns, two stolen cars and 101 grams of unidentified narcotics, police said Saturday. The task force, called Operation Hammer, consisted of 110 officers and was conducted by the West Bureau CRASH anti-gang unit as part of a periodic effort to curb gang activity, Lt. Brad Merritt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
The Los Angeles Police Department launched a citywide sweep aimed at gang members Friday, making more than 74 arrests and continuing the operation through the night. More than 300 officers took part in the latest phase of the sweeps, dubbed "Operation Hammer," Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon said. Three of those arrested were wanted for murder, Vernon said late Friday at the Foothill Division Station, the command post for the sweep. Other police divisions also were booking gang members.
OPINION
September 26, 1993
As Errol Smith stated so eloquently, "Call Out the Guard to Put the Lid on L.A. Crime" (Commentary, Sept. 15), indeed! Los Angeles possesses a level of violence that is unparalleled in any other nation that is presumably "at peace." The numbers of deaths, injuries, etc., and the proliferation of military assault weaponry make clear that this is a full-fledged regional conflict of the sort for which military intervention has traditionally been deemed appropriate; it is far beyond the capacity of law enforcement alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1990
Your article "Fight Against Gangs Turns to Social Solution" (Part A, Nov. 11) leaves me troubled. First, you suggest the Los Angeles Police Department's approach to the problem has been singular, focusing on massive, tough law-enforcement operations. That is not completely accurate. Operation Hammer is one of our important strategies that has indeed proven effective, but we clearly recognize that it is only one of our tools. Traditional tough law enforcement is one tool, but we recognize the absolute necessity of other strategies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
The Los Angeles Police Department launched a citywide sweep aimed at gang members Friday, making more than 74 arrests and continuing the operation through the night. More than 300 officers took part in the latest phase of the sweeps, dubbed "Operation Hammer," Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon said. Three of those arrested were wanted for murder, Vernon said late Friday at the Foothill Division Station, the command post for the sweep. Other police divisions also were booking gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police are expressing renewed concern that the gang problem on the Westside is growing out of control, particularly in Hollywood. Since Aug. 1, there have been at least six gang-related killings in Hollywood, the most recent on Tuesday morning, police said. In response to the gang problem, a 110-member law enforcement team swept through the Westside on Friday night and well into Saturday, looking for known gang members and watching for gang-related criminal activity.
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police are expressing renewed concern that the gang problem on the Westside is growing out of control, particularly in Hollywood. Since Aug. 1, there have been at least six gang-related killings in Hollywood, the most recent on Tuesday morning, police said. In response to the gang problem, a 110-member law enforcement team swept through the Westside on Friday night and well into Saturday, looking for known gang members and watching for gang-related criminal activity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1990
A Los Angeles Police Department gang task force swept through West Los Angeles Friday night, arresting 75 people, including 46 known gang members, and recovering six guns, two stolen cars and 101 grams of unidentified narcotics, police said Saturday. The task force, called Operation Hammer, consisted of 110 officers and was conducted by the West Bureau CRASH anti-gang unit as part of a periodic effort to curb gang activity, Lt. Brad Merritt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1990 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the streets of South-Central Los Angeles, in the storefront churches, at the seedy liquor stores and outside the modest but well-kept bungalows, the name of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms does not ring many bells.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1990
Father Gregory J. Boyle ("Self-Esteem: A Matter of Life, Death," Op-Ed Page, Jan. 28) tells it like it is. People who care to look or listen must know that tougher cops and more jails are not the way to stop the teen-age gang and drug epidemics; jobs are. We need not despair. A dynamic new city-funded program is attacking the root causes, offering hope and building the self-esteem of youngsters right now. The Clean and Green project of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps employs 300 junior high school students on neighborhood beautification projects throughout the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Four young men lay face down on the asphalt of a South Los Angeles street, while a police helicopter circled overhead, illuminating the scene with an eerie, flickering light. A half-dozen police cars blocked the street and officers poured out with weapons drawn on the suspected gang members. No drugs or guns were found, but a husky man with braided hair was found to be driving without his license so police, as one officer sardonically put it, arrested his car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the most extensive crackdown ever on gangs operating in the San Fernando Valley, police during the weekend arrested 618 people--including 270 alleged gang members--for crimes ranging from possession of narcotics to unpaid parking tickets. About 200 Los Angeles police officers were assigned to the anti-gang task force "Operation Hammer," which from Friday night until Sunday swept through known gang hangouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1990
Father Gregory J. Boyle ("Self-Esteem: A Matter of Life, Death," Op-Ed Page, Jan. 28) tells it like it is. People who care to look or listen must know that tougher cops and more jails are not the way to stop the teen-age gang and drug epidemics; jobs are. We need not despair. A dynamic new city-funded program is attacking the root causes, offering hope and building the self-esteem of youngsters right now. The Clean and Green project of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps employs 300 junior high school students on neighborhood beautification projects throughout the city.
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