CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 20, 1976
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(Studio) California legislature works on bills to end special court treatment for juvenile offenders involved in serious crimes. Report on growth of teen gangs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Los Angeles, California) Estimated there are 30,000 teenage gang members here. [Eric HAYWOOD - says 12-14 year olds want to be "big shots" like gangsters.] Gangs organized by neighborhoods. [Gang member Little ARTIE - says members either kill or get killed.] [MBR. - tells of gang mbr. dying.] 5 rival gangs shown meeting secretly. Mbrs. are heavily armed. Goal is to iron out grievances. Police try to channel members into constructive activities. 45% of felony arrests here involve youngsters under 18. [LA police department gang squad, Lieutenant Ted COOKE - reports record of 1 gang mbr. who's still out on the street] [Juvenile court Judge Richard GADBOIS - says juveniles are back on street in 18-20 mos. Only solution is to simply warehse. the offenders.] Some schools try to salvage trouble makers. [Gang member SCRUGGS - says been in and out of jails since 1961. Has no job opportunities.] 100 gang-related killings reported in Los Angeles in 1975. [John DIXON - says killings are illegal wars.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow
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