A spokesperson for the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department has said that a recent rash of shootings has led to a multi-agency crackdown on gang violence. The shootings have taken place in the communities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park and are reported to be linked to an ongoing feud between rival street gangs. Both the East Palo Alto Police Department and Menlo Park Police Department have said they are committed to stopping this type of violence.
The “Taliban” and “DaVill” gangs are believed to be connected to the shootings. A police spokesperson has said he is not permitted to comment as to what could have strained tensions between them. He did, though, say the incidents date back six months but a marked increase in shootings was not seen until last summer.
Police say a major dismantling operation took place in 2009 and it is believed that some of those arrested could now be getting out of jail. It is unclear if any of those released may have had their sentences cut short to the California jail realignment program.
The multi-agency crackdown will include targeted patrols, narcotics enforcement operations, probation and parole searches and sweeps in addition to in-depth investigations of all aggravated assaults and homicides. Police officials say they want to be sure they are sending a very clear message that this type of violence will not be tolerated.
The matter is ongoing.