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Naming gang isn't an 'advertisement'

Posted Friday, May 14, 2010, at 1:46 PM

I received an e-mail Thursday from a reader who doesn't think we should have specifically mentioned the name of the Latin Kings gang with which several persons accused of robberies and burglaries say they're affiliated.

"I ... don't feel this gang needs any advertisement from the newspaper because it only adds to the "macho" nature of the life style these members try to portray," the e-mail said. "I know the community needs to be aware of the crimes being committed, but I wouldn't give this band of cowards the pleasure of seeing their gang's name in the newspaper."

Thanks to this reader for communicating their feelings. We strongly value and welcome feedback, especially when it's communicated reasonably instead of in anger.

I don't consider it "advertising" the Latin Kings' existence or glorifying their actions to report their involvement. Few people have ambitions of being criminals and I doubt a newspaper story will sway those who may lean in that direction.

It's important that we paint the complete picture -- and that includes names of gangs.


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I am going to have the side with the reader on this one.

Why couldn't it been stated it was a gang-related crime spree instead of using the proper noun of the gang?

This is how they get people recruited. It is their form of "marketing". Join us, get loot, get paid, active endeavors, rise to the top, be a leader, choose your goal etc... That is... hmmm maybe I ... Naaa.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 2:51 PM

Printing the names of the gangs and the fact that arrests have been made might also help to convince some teenager that joining a gang and taking a chance on spending time in jail is not how they want to live their lives.

-- Posted by reilly on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 3:08 PM

Know thy enemy -- and you can't know them unless you have a name.

The ironic thing is, if we had run the story without naming the gang, someone would have accused us of "covering up."

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 3:30 PM

Information is power. I want all you can give for the sake of my children.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 3:41 PM

http://alkqn.org/contemplationsofthecrow...

You should not judge all Kings & Queens by the actions of a few!The nation was not created for those reasons!

http://www.vidacool.com/homepages/latink...

-- Posted by emauel on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 12:06 AM

And when your sitting at home letting your kids watch episodes like this on the history channel can you really say a news paper story makes a diffrence!

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseac...

-- Posted by emauel on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 12:47 AM

I personally think that the Latin Kings are smoking fine....oh my god! They're gourgeous...Im a white girl but I have 0 affiliaton w/ them...I just think they LOOK nice...

That was a direct quote from one of my friends...I've seen nice looking Latinos as well but they weren't thugs who terroized poor little Shelbyville. I dont think the Latin Kings needs Shelbyville Times Gazzette to help them live on in infamy...they've done just fine doing that themselves. They're a gang...do you really really think that they stop to read newspapers? Oh, let's go rob this house today Lopez. Wait Tito can we read the paper first? They don't read papers....they probably don't even know how to read. They're trashey, evil, thugs.

-- Posted by freakyfriday on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 3:30 PM

Sounds like you my dear have a few issues your selve I have one suggestion get your self some help! You sound kinda trashy and evil yourselve!

You people are speaking on something you know nothing about and should learn some history and what the Nation is supposed to be about again I say you can not judge all kings and queens by the actions of a few.Maybe you should spend more time on focusing on why grown ass men were hanging around with a 17 year old boy in the first place sounds to me like they needed someone to take the fall for them and who better then a kid who does not know better and looks up to them? I hear they told the kid to say he did it because he was a juvinille and he would not get in trouble sounds to me like these are not true kings any way because true KINGS know better! But of couarse our crooked ass little town with our crooked cops and judges will bury the poor kid instead of getting him help because thats the way things work in shelbyville! And what of the girl involved tabatha phellps theres been no mention of her in the papers she has not been arrestted she still goes free but the 17 year old kid sits in lock up about to loose his life those guys that girl and this town should be ashamed!

-- Posted by emauel on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 5:57 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.