SurfcityTom - you have made some good points and they should be seriously looked at.
Unfortunately, the mentality of many of these residents is "I don't know nothing, I don't see nothing" and until that changes and the good people there decide to take their community back, there will be more incidents of this type.
The thug mentality is hard to break but it can be done if people are willing to change and want the change. Perhaps the residents should do patrols - some good heavy baseball bats and some "attitude adjustments" might make the difference
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