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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Gangs Write Their Signature Across Lynchburg


Lynchburg downtown is being plagued by graffiti. While the city strives forward with its redevelopment projects, some are at work to undo the process. Posted by PicasaTo read more about gangs in Lynchburg scroll down the page and you will see several posts on Lynchburg gang problem, including a list of gangs that have been identified as operating in Central Virginia. All of this graffiti is from downtown Lynchburg. Some in the area of 9th street that has recently been given a new facelift. Other communities have learned the importance of removing graffiti as soon as it appears. Future articles will address what other communities are doing and why it is important to remove graffiti. To read about the gang problem in Hampton Roads which includes information about MS-13: go to the Virginia Pilot: gang story MS 13 is one of the gangs identified as operating in Central Virginia.


(Local news) (Gangs, graffiti, drugs, and violence) (Local police, law and crime)

11 Comments:

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think these so called bangers should be put away! All of the young kids that get caught up with this should be put in a work camp!((Work Farm) It wouldn't hurt to start the Draft. Make these individuals surve our Country and at the same time get some home training!

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thanks for your comment. There is new legislation that has recently been passed in House of Representatives. If this is made into law you can look for new tools for law enforcement in dealing with gangs. A future post will deal with this legislation.

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think they should show a little respect by helping and old lady cross the street dont sag their pants dont tease or be harmful if they think it makes them feel good than their not caring what others say

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graffiti is often mistaken as gang symbols. What people don't seem to understand is that graffiti is an art form. I feel that a "graffiti wall" should be put in to encourage those who simply want to hone their skills. Not everyone that uses spray paint is a gang member. Stereotypes are for the ignorant.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignorance is ignoring and justiying the obvious. No all graffiti is not gang related, but when I am walking around main street downtown or jogging on the Blackwater Creek Trail and see the graffiti. I assure you, most of it are gang tags. If they want to hone their skill, let them tag their own house.

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It IS ignorance, and what would be the point of allowing them to hone their skills? So they could get throwing up a piece down to only taking a minute or two? Don't get me wrong now, I think that graffiti is art, but bombing, that is just vandalism. Yes, I am aware that graffiti is illegal, so don't try and get smart with me. But everyone has such a negative stereotype of graffiti, that it is ALL gang related, that only little punks with sagging shorts and backwards hats do it, but no, you would be very, very surprised...Open your eyes and your mind people, see things through a more open mind rather than what you've been taught to filter out.

And to the person in the first post, I would never take advice from somebody that cannot even spell "serve" correctly. And why do they deserve to be drafted or put in a work camp for drawing on a wall with some paint? The punishment certainly would not fit the crime. Making them remove the paint or do community service would be suiting. It's honestly not even destroying anything, it's defacing it, which is doing no physical or structural damage to the building, it is purely cosmetic.

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of the photos you have of the graffiti are from gangs in Lynchburg. All of that graffiti is from taggers.

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok this is the 3rd in many stories I have read abut Lynchburg graffiti in relation to gangs. I used to be a graffiti writer and would still consider myself a graffiti stylist. 99.9 percent of what I have seen in Lynchburg is not gang related.MS13 has been through Lynchburg and possibly still has members here,but I have yet to see a real MS13 tag.MS 13 by the way are a real serious problem.The founding members were not really a gang,but former South American militants or military.They were known as Mara Salvatrucha.The 13 symbolizes the letter M which is showing respect to the "Mexican Mafia". We are starting however to see many stencil artists and things like that.None are gang members.I would like to state also I have worked in laww enforcement for over 11 years in Lynchburg.

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Lynchburg. I now live in Las Vegas, Nevada and to say the least I know what gang markings look like. Ignore them and they will own your neighborhood.

Do your homework before writing it off as art.

 
At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a know a graffiti artist and him and his friends do it as a way to express themselves in the act of doing graffit murals but what you are talking about "tags" graffiti artists that want to do murals to express themselves have to start off by doing tags then they will get better and do pieces that you might realize its art what it wus meant to be

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there will be a day where blood will be an issue things will not be fixed by force the very urge of rebellion drives these gangs if im wrong please correct me should we wait till it gets out of hand to resolve this or slowly but with progress fix it one day at a time? let them fix it or simply rid the problem at its core

 

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