District Attorney targeting gangs, groups
BATON ROUGE- While the definition of what constitutes a gang in the Capital City may not be exactly clear, the District Attorney is more than clear on who they're targeting and prosecuting for 'Criminal Street Gang Activity.'
"We're seeing violent activity on behalf of street gangs or groups of different individuals and they're younger, and they're a younger crowd and we're trying to identify and take some action against those groups," District Attorney Hillar Moore told News 2 today.
One group, currently under in the court system, is known as 'The Get Off Boys.' Today a Juvenile Court judge was scheduled to hear an armed robbery case against the group, but that hearing was pushed back two months.
"It started at Mayfair Middle, they had a big gang fight earlier this year, so many kids jumped into the fight, that's how the name get-off boys got started," said the mother of one of the teens in court today. "They're not a gang, it's just a bunch of little boys that had a fight and people started calling them the get-off boys."
That murky definition of gangs is what makes some hesitant to say the city has a 'gang problem,' but Moore says there's no doubt there's a problem on the streets.
"We don't have the type of gangs that you see in Los Angeles and New Orleans and Shreveport... we don't have the hierarchy that they have, but they're still committing violent acts and it's something we need to be aware of," he said.