Kingston investigating alleged gang activity
by Shaka S. Lias
May 27, 2011 | 4055 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston Police Chief Walter Harrell looks at gang graffiti under the bridge on Railroad Street near downtown Kingston. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Kingston Police Chief Walter Harrell looks at gang graffiti under the bridge on Railroad Street near downtown Kingston. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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One week into summer vacation and with the teens of Kingston unoccupied, city officials are worried gang activity could be on the rise.

"When a bunch of kids get together, something is bound to take place," Chief of Police Walter Harrell said. "We want to try to nip this before it takes place."

Adding to Harrell's suspicion of gang activity is graffiti found throughout the city and reports of gang-related fights.

A report was filed with the Kingston Police Department on May 20 concerning a gang-related fight in the alley behind Kingston Grocery. According to the report, a parent called to report the incident involving juveniles and adults.

The incident report states Harrell parked and watched a group of juveniles and adults sit and talk under a streetlight in front of the store. Harrell then observed a green pick-up truck with several people in the back park on Shaw Street and the occupants run toward downtown.

Harrell separated all parties involved.

The report states a majority of the juveniles were wearing red, and Harrell said altercations are an ongoing occurrence.

"It's kids versus kids and parents versus parents," he said.

The situation is under investigation, and Harrell plans to talk to all parties involved.

"If your kid is underage, you can take a warrant out for those [people] bothering your child, but no one wants to do that," he said.

Harrell said the alleged name of the gang is Game Over and they wear red clothing.

"I don't want people to think everyone with red on is in a gang," he said. "There are certain things I'm looking for."

Mayor Dexter Jones is planning a vigil for next week. "I want to get churches involved to reach out to these young people before it gets ugly."