Gangs have been popular topics of conversation recently, especially since January and the release of Clint Eastwood's flick Gran Torino. In the film, Eastwood plays a man who stands up to the gang members in his community, saving others from joining.
In recent weeks, the metro gang strike force in the Twin Cities has been faltering due to corruption, and Minnesota Public Radio has been tracking its unraveling. The state even shut down the interim strike force, as MPR's Tim Nelson reported on All Things Considered July 17, 2009.
Today's Question, a new interactive feature on MPR NewsQ, our new news website, is, "How much of a problem are gangs in your community?" today, and of course, all this discussion of news and fact got me thinking about the hypothetical. Answer Today's Question, but while you're here, answer this, too. Would you stand up to a gang? What does all this disorganization mean for the safety of our neighborhoods? In times like these, is it our responsibility to keep our neighborhoods safe?
This is an open discussion, so you're welcome to link to your related Gather articles or other online resources. Your comments & articles may be quoted on http://minnesota.publicradio.org/your_voice/ or on mpr.org.
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