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8/16/06-Longview

"Gang" Reference Opposed By Longview Mayor

  With the recent shooting violence in Longview, many citizens are worried that police and city officials are not paying due attention to what they feel is clearly "gang" violence. Concerned residents have e-mailed us with messages saying they are worried that the shootings in south Longview are very organized and calculated. Many are concerned that police should "call it" what they feel "it is".  Gang activity.

    "It's very organized and stuff, they seem to hit each other back and forth, so yes I would say we have gang activity in Longview" said Longview resident Michael Jones.

     "I'm not going to debate citizens about the definitions , Websters Dictionary or anybody else's, of gangs, I'm going to follow with whatever our police department is recognizing this activity as , it's groups that are retaliating against one another , however you define it we have a problem and we're going to solve it" said Longview Mayor Jay Dean.

      Dean says the city and the police department will continue to work to defuse the violence on Longview's south side.  

Reported by: Bob Hallmark; bhallmark@kltv.com.

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