N.J. street gangs are using younger teens, guns, and extreme violence, experts say

September 26, 2018

Galloway Police Chief Donna Higbee, retired Atlantic City police Sgt. Joseph Iacovone and retired Pleasantville Lt. Christopher Taggart testify before the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. about gang violence.

By Staff

Street gangs are increasing at an alarming rate across the state, and the members are young, wielding guns, and taunting their enemies through social media, experts told the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation during a hearing Wednesday in Trenton.

Teens are committing murder and sometimes dying as they try to prove their loyalty to the gangs, earning more respect by the level of violence they are willing to use. These neighborhood gangs are different from larger, more organized gangs and harder to identify because they have few rules, change structure, and change leadership often.

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