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Expert says gangs are evolving

STATELINE —The most important thing to a gang is its status because its status is its power.“It’s all about power through the projection of fear,” said Ed de Velasco, the retired head of the Florida gang initiative told the fifth annual Northern Nevada Gang Symposium on Thursday.Gangs use many mediums to project fear through the community to further their own status, which equates to power, de Velasco said. Despite being illegal, many gangs use graffiti to mark territory.“They have to take credit, that’s where their power comes from,” de Velasco said. “These gangs are about power through the projection of …

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