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'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions
'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions

In a recent training session for gang officers, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told a class from across the county that more than half of all killings in the city are gang-related. But that term — "gang-related" — can have varying meanings. And it has long been controversial. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department use a member-based approach, the agencies said. Such an approach classifies a homicide as gang-related if the victim or the assailant is known to be a gang member. In some cases, a crime can be classified as gang-related if it occurs in a neighborhood where there's an ongoing rivalry, said Lt. John...

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