Gang-related crimes typically fall within the jurisdiction of state and local law enforcement. In response to the growth in gang membership nationally, several Spokane based federal, state, and local agencies have joined forces and created the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force. Read more>>
To disrupt and dismantle the most significant criminal gangs in Spokane and the surrounding area.
Investigators have made a fourth arrest in connection to the brutal beating that left a 15-year-old Spokane Valley boy in the hospital for several days.
Alexis B. Dawson, 25, was arrested by officers of the interdepartmental Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force. She is being held in the Spokane County Jail with Tyson N. Taylor, 22, who was arrested June 18 along with two juveniles. All are charged with first-degree assault.
The beating occurred on June 15. A passerby found the boy unconscious and called 911 just before 11:30 p.m. near the 600 block of North Farr Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after the incident, Tinese Burnett said her son, whom she asked not be named, suffered a fractured skull after being struck in the forehead with a metal baseball bat. He underwent brain surgery at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, she said.
Dawson’s bond was set at $75,000. Taylor’s was set at $25,000. Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s office spokesman, said more arrests may be made as the investigation continues. Although the Safe Streets Task Force specializes in violent, gang- and drug-related crimes, Gregory said there is no indication the beating involved a gang.
"Criminal street gang" means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having a common name or common identifying sign or symbol, having as one of its primary activities the commission of criminal acts, and whose members or associates individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal street gang activity.Read more >>
The act of engaging in criminal activity as a structured group is referred to in the United States as racketeering. Once a gang shifts from turf wars and organizes illegal activities with a money focus they have crossed the line and can be classified as an Organized Criminal Enterprise.
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It's time to learn about gangs
and how to recognize them
Most people don't want to admit that gangs and violence exist in our home towns and sometime in our own families. If we don't educate ourselves you on what's going on we can't help our sons, daughters and friends. Talking about the problem is the first step to fixing it. If not, we know one group that will listen to your children - gang members.
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Gangs are morphing, multiplying, migrating and entrenching themselves in our inner cities, suburbs and rural communities. They are selling drugs to our kids, shooting up our neighborhoods, invading our homes, robbing our banks and stores, stealing our identities, our money, and instilling fear and violence everywhere they go. Read more>>
Due to the growth of gang membership regionally and as a preventative measure, the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force and the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC), have created this website to educate the public about criminal gangs and to provide a way for residents to report tips to thwart the potential threat. This community policing initiative has been designed to help keep our neighborhoods and families safe from gangs and the related violence they bring. Read more>>
Click here to see the status of tips submitted over the last 90 days.
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