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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Monday Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous revealed what the department believes is behind the crime wave in the Port City.

Chief Evangelous said a list of people who have talked to investigators got into the hands of gang members and caused the uptick in violence.

Police said gangs have known about the list since June. They say the list was produced during discovery from a case this past summer.

Wilmington’s top cop would not get into specifics but did say the list was used by prosecution then somehow went to defense attorneys, and the ended up with the gangs.

He said the violence is retaliation on those who talked to police.

“We are dealing with the aftermath of it now and now these gangs– it’s kind of self-perpetuated itself,” said Evaneglous.

In hopes of controlling the violence, WPD asked the city to pass an ordinance to create a gang investigative unit.

WPD said the unit would work to figure out how these gangs are structured within the community and how to dismantle them.

The chief said there are 125 gang members in jail and potentially hundreds more on the streets.

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a white guy
2015 years 11 months ago

its really funny that this just became a speculative racial issue

beach guy
2015 years 11 months ago

I do not think the writer was referring to Black people negatively or trying to inject color into the statement as a form of race baiting I think is was maybe a realization of how skewed the justice system is towards the defendant. AS it should be as in innocent until Proven guilty. There are ways that were not used to protect witnesses. ever hear of a confidential informant? That is probably what the writer intended.But even saying that you gotta admit that everyone involved in this whole debacle is Black except for LEO. And even though the article… Read more »

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 11 months ago

Do you really have to ask “Why”?
I guess, if in the case the Crips/Bloods were aware of their names on a court list, would might scare them into leaving the area, or subsiding in their violence…(but if that event failed)…then what you will get is retaliation of rival gang members.
In a situation as to them knowing their names, it might cause this type of killing spree break out.
If that’s what happened…the damage is too far gone to be reversed.

2015 years 11 months ago

This almost sounds like it was done on purpose to justify a bigger budget for the police department. Why would the entire informant list be given to the defense attorney rather than the list of only the informants that were directly involved in the case?

2015 years 11 months ago

We’ve had enough! Evangelous has got to go. Maybe he wasn’t responsible for this list becoming so wide known before getting into the wrong hands but this department is in worse shape than it was before he came. Morale is much lower, and crime has gotten out of control. Not to mention the huge waste of money thrown at that new police department. Sure seemed to help our police tackle out real problems more efficiently.

New laws need to crack down on these criminals and keep them locked up. Repeat offenders need to spend most of their time back behind… Read more »

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