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Old 05-09-2010, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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What? This thread still lives on? Haven't I fully debunked the whole "Gangs in Seattle" myth yet???
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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its funny how people deny things

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Old 07-19-2010, 04:02 AM
 
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I think I would like to see some #s too! I live in Tacoma and wether it be wanna bes or true gang members I do believe Tacoma has more than seattle and I also agree with the post that MOST are wanna bes I fear not a bit about walking my streets day or night and I have lived downtown for over 6 yrs.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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its funny how people deny things
I was wondering after the incident in Sammamish State Park this weekend whether this thread would be revived....
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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I don't think there is any denying there are gangs and associated violence in Seattle and areas around Seattle. There are many larger and smaller cities and towns that also have gangs and violence. Is it worse in Seattle than other places? Doesn't seem to be.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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Just because a city has a tiny gang population compared to LA doesn't mean that a threat exists. Just because you have a tumor on your fingertip doesn't mean you can brush it off as something treatable. Every resource must be used to prevent/contain/deter gangs.

LAs gangs didn't start out in huge numbers either.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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I've lived in the bay area for around 15 years and the last 3 in Sacramento, CA. I also worked in Oakland and worked in and around Richmond, CA for around 3 years. Richmond and Oakland together are the two most dangerous cities in California, with over 100 homocides collectively on an annual basis.

I've never had any problems in either city. I did see a gun pulled out in front of me (not at me), which scared the hell out of me, but as someone from the area once told me, "they have no reason to bother with you", meaning that gangs/thugs are more likely to target someone they believe is associated with another gang. In fact, although they were a bit hardened on the exterior, I found a good number of Oaklanders to actually be friendly if you say hello to them and treat them like you would anyone else.

The people that end up in trouble are the ones that are looking to be "hard" themselves, challenge someone else, or stick out as if they don't belong in the area from paranoia. I find it very, very hard to believe that Seattle has a gang problem bordering anything that goes on in "Cali", as the OP stated. I also had an older friend that lived in Compton for several years and never had any problems there either. He said the basic rule he learned while living there was to show basic levels of respect.

The other point to make is that violence is everywhere. No big city is really immune from it. I do think at times that the "wannabees" are a bigger problem though, because they feel as though they have something to prove or the need to make a name for themselves. Funny but in all my time in Oakland I never heard one person talking in the ebonics type lingo that you hear on MTV, and pop culture that is supposedly indicative of "ghetto life". On the contrary, you just had the feeling there were some people you just shouldn't talk to, so you didn't.

I would think at it's worst, the same rules would apply to Seattle. It's definitely not a city I would associate with gang violence though, unless it's a gang of tree huggers .
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Just because a city has a tiny gang population compared to LA doesn't mean that a threat exists. Just because you have a tumor on your fingertip doesn't mean you can brush it off as something treatable. Every resource must be used to prevent/contain/deter gangs.

LAs gangs didn't start out in huge numbers either.
You have a valid point here. But like I said before, these Seattle gangs can't take over a dammed bowl of jello!
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: THE USA
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"they have no reason to bother with you", meaning that gangs/thugs are more likely to target someone they believe is associated with another gang. In fact, although they were a bit hardened on the exterior, I found a good number of Oaklanders to actually be friendly if you say hello to them and treat them like you would anyone else.

The people that end up in trouble are the ones that are looking to be "hard" themselves, challenge someone else, or stick out as if they don't belong in the area from paranoia. I find it very, very hard to believe that Seattle has a gang problem bordering anything that goes on in "Cali", as the OP stated. I also had an older friend that lived in Compton for several years and never had any problems there either. He said the basic rule he learned while living there was to show basic levels of respect.

The other point to make is that violence is everywhere. No big city is really immune from it. I do think at times that the "wannabees" are a bigger problem though, because they feel as though they have something to prove or the need to make a name for themselves. Funny but in all my time in Oakland I never heard one person talking in the ebonics type lingo that you hear on MTV, and pop culture that is supposedly indicative of "ghetto life". On the contrary, you just had the feeling there were some people you just shouldn't talk to, so you didn't.

I would think at it's worst, the same rules would apply to Seattle. It's definitely not a city I would associate with gang violence though, unless it's a gang of tree huggers .

I agree completely with this post. UNless you are caught in the crossfire like that boy taking piano lessons was, they really don't bother you. I do not think Seattle has a gang problem at all. Was just there, Crossroads Mall area and saw NOTHING scary at all.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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Just because a city has a tiny gang population compared to LA doesn't mean that a threat exists. Just because you have a tumor on your fingertip doesn't mean you can brush it off as something treatable. Every resource must be used to prevent/contain/deter gangs.

LAs gangs didn't start out in huge numbers either.
"Every resource" in this time of budget constraint is not at all realistic.

Policing begins in the community.
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