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Police Hail Weekend With ‘The Hammer’

An extra 200 police officers swept through the heart of Los Angeles Friday night in a weekend crackdown on gang members and their illegal activities.

Officers from five police divisions in East Los Angeles, Mid City and the northeast area hit the streets at 6 p.m., Officer Monique Walker said.

The Friday night sweep and a similar sweep scheduled for tonight were to last until 3 a.m.

Officers from the Newton, Central, Hollenbeck, Northeast and Rampart divisions made up the task force.

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The task force, christened “The Hammer” when it was introduced in January, 1988, by Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, was to focus on central neighborhoods where recent statistics showed a 100% increase in gang-related slayings and a general upswing in gang crime, Sgt. Larry Masur said.


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