Gang Fight: Nebraska
November 16th, 2011
Omaha, NE – There are hundreds of gangs and more than 5,000 gang members in Nebraska. And experts say these numbers are not declining. Gang activity can be found in almost every part of the state. Gang members are killing, stealing, dealing drugs and guns; more than half of the murders in Omaha in 2010 were gang related.
Gang Fight: Nebraska examines the current landscape of gang activity in Nebraska, and efforts to fight back. The television documentary is centered on a boxing gym founded in gang-rich South Omaha by a convict-turned-minister who’s trying to keep kids away from lifestyle he once embraced. One of the teenage boxers, a former gang member, gives viewers an inside look at gang life and its appeal to young people. We also talk with law enforcement, researchers and community leaders about problems and solutions, and visit Columbus, Nebraska, to examine the growth of gangs in rural areas.
Watch a preview of Gang Fight: Nebraska, which airs Nov. 18 on NET-1.
Gang Fight: Nebraska Radio Series
Part 1: Mike Tobias examines overall gang trends and activity in different parts of Nebraska.
Part 2: Getting in and getting out of gangs: the story of two former South Omaha gang members connected by a boxing gym, and offers their perspectives on the appeal of gang life.
Part 3: A majority of Nebraska’s 5000 or more suspected gang members live Omaha or Lincoln. But experts say you can find gangs throughout most of Nebraska. A report on rural gang activity, and how one community is fighting back.
Part 4: Solving the problem. A report on solutions to gangs, from the perspective of three people on the frontlines of Omaha’s gang fight.
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