Posted: Mar 22, 2013 5:51 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 6:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- After four teens associated with the Gardere area gang known as the "Get Off Boys," pleaded to burglary and battery charges in Juvenile Court on Thursday, the District Attorney's office is taking a tough stance on gang violence.
"We shouldn't hide the fact that there are gangs, there are individuals out here that hold themselves by name, admitting to being part of a gang, they are committing violent crimes, they are committing your misdemeanor level crimes and it should be alarming to the community," said a member of the DA's office, who will remain anonymous because of their work investigating gangs.
The DA's teen gang expert tells News 2 it's easy to see the signs of the various gangs in the area, from hand signals to graffiti tags.
"We know about the Get Off Boys, we know about the Block Boys, we know about the Baby Clutchers, a lot of the gangs, we've received information via the members themselves," said the DA's gang expert.
Now the DA's office plans to prosecute group gang activity vigorously.
"The concern for the DA's office is because they aren't as organized and because they are involving juveniles, we do have some concerns that the community may be more at risk because they're susceptible to doing anything," said Curtis Nelson, an Assistant District Attorney who prosecutes juvenile offenders.
The DA's office asks anyone who sees gang activity to report it immediately.