When Gangs And Rail Collide

J. Eric Priestley tells a story about gang confrontation on the nation's busiest and deadliest light-rail line.
January 24, 2004, 5am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"There is another black youth on the train. He is eyeballing the first guy’s buddies on the platform. Those two have their hands on pistols too. I’m not looking at them as youngsters anymore because of the guns — these are men, and I plan to treat them as such. This kid on the train is decked out in a black do-rag and a huge silver cross hanging on a silver chain around his neck, and a pant leg rolled up, hip-hop style. He looks to be the same age as the kid on my heels, who is inside the train now and standing in the doorjamb so the doors can’t shut."

Thanks to Transport Policy Listserv

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Published on Friday, January 23, 2004 in LA Weekly
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