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Teens steered away from gang choices

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Hundreds of Albany youngsters got a lesson on gang life from a Gang Unit officer.

The 300 boys and girls attending the National Youth Sports Program at Albany State University were told about gang life by Lieutenant Tony Moore of the Albany Police Department's Gang Unit.  

The campers are 10 to 16 years old, the age gang unit officers say gangs are recruiting them.

"I learned that if you are in a gang, you have to suffer consequences.  Like if you are in a gang you have to get beat up or sexed to get in it," said NYSP camper Tai'Keira Martin.

"Believe it or not, even though it might appear some of them were not listening, in their hearts they were listening.  You could see it in their eyes," said Albany Police Lt. Tony Moore.

Several of the campers told us that they know gang members, so these talks could be vital to preventing them from joining gangs.


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