EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS) – Federal, state and local agencies gathered in East Palo Alto on Wednesday to address the burgeoning problem of gang violence in the city.

The final straw may have occurred last month, when a three-month-old baby was shot and killed and his parents were wounded when gunmen mistook them for rival gang members.

East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis said his department wants to send a strong message that these type of actions will not be tolerated.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“No level of violence is acceptable. We have to start with that. But clearly, the murder of a three-month-old is completely beyond humanity,” Davis said. “There has to be a response to it so that every shot caller, every leader inside, whether he or she is in prison or not, has to know that when something like that happens, that the world comes down on them and it makes it clear that it can never happen again.”

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said even though his jail has an overcrowding problem, they will try their best to keep gang members off the streets.

“Regardless of what happens with state realignment or increased population in the jails, we will always make room for these violent gang members. They cannot operate in our communities,” Munks said.

Sheriff Munks said validated gang members make up 20 percent of his jail population.

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Comments (4)
  1. genomega1 says:

    When the two hate each other things are bound to happen.
    Then when you add to the mix no jobs and a 50% public school drop out rate it will only get worse.

    1. High SCHOOL Teacher says:

      They have no job skills, no IQ, no common sense, no wonder they do poorly in school.

  2. jm says:

    its not just the mexicans and the blacks , white trash is violent too . and they dont like to work so they collect more welfare than anyone , we have some of the most skilled trades people hard workers too .whats uo with all the wanna be younster wite boys talkin black and dressin black? everyone wants to be a gangster including you caucasians . lets educate ourselves and our kids so we dont just point the finger every time .

    1. genomega1 says:

      I monitor the news everyday and I just do not see all of these white trash people you are referring to. All of the killings that I see are committed by blacks and Hispanics.

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