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Did you know? Difference between 'gang-related' and ''gang-involved'

Did you know? Difference between ‘gang-related' and ‘gang-involved'
Published: April 22, 2013
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Difference between ‘gang-related' and ‘gang-involved'

The Oklahoma City Police Department's gang unit categorizes gang crimes as either gang-related or gang-involved.

Gang-related

These crimes appear to be gang crimes, but there is no proof a gang member committed the crime.

An example is shots fired at a house where investigators don't find any gang ties in the victim's past.

All drive-by shootings are considered gang-related crimes unless another motive is determined, such as road rage.

Gang-involved

When investigators prove, or nearly prove, a gang member was either the victim or the perpetrator, the crime is called gang-involved.

An example is if the victim is a gang member or if witnesses hear a gang's name being called out while shots are being fired.

SOURCE:

Oklahoma City police Lt. Stuart May