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Graffiti and Gangs

By: Dave Benton
By: Dave Benton

It's hard to miss the spray painted symbols and caricatures on many of our downtown buildings. Did you know some of the graffiti could be gang related?

That’s why the N.A.A.C.P. invited the F.B.I. to their meeting in Huntington to educate people about gang warning signs.

A lot of good information from what to look for in the design of a tattoo to graffiti spray painted on buildings and you might be surprised at how expensive it is to get the paint off.

Len Rogers can't figure out what the graffiti means on the back of his building, but he knows it will be expensive to remove what the vandals spray painted on the front of his business.

Rogers says, “We're going to put up cameras to help the whole situation.”

A member of the F.B.I. gang task force spoke about gangster awareness and graffiti at the A.D. Lewis Center.

Some warning signs to look for:
Someone with the same tattoos as their friends. They show allegiance to certain colors: use or sell drugs: a change in attitude

As for Len Rogers and his graffiti problem, the removal cost will be 700 dollars.

James Dements removes graffiti from buildings and he says it's not easy or cheap.

The F.B.I. is sponsoring a Charleston area anti-gang enforcement task-force because gangs in Charleston move a lot of drugs into town.

Errol Randle with the F.B.I. says the best way to combat the gang problem is by holding community meeting like the one tonight. It helps bring awareness to the problem.

For more information on gangs and gang symbols you can contact your local police department for details.


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