Police combat Somali gang concerns

7:04 PM, Dec 29, 2009   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A handful of assaults in Kennedy Park prompted police to reevaluate their relationship with members of the inner city community.

Somali teenagers were identified as the attackers taking advantage of crimes of opportunity against people who were walking alone or were intoxicated, according to police.

Police and members of the Somali community say those attackers represent a very small group within the whole. 

Officers in the schools work to identify gang development early on and members of the Somali Bantu Youth Association of Maine spend time teaching young immigrants about non-violence.

Both groups are working together to prevent any more assault outbursts.

It has been four months since a crime similar to the gang-like attacks from this summer has been reported.

 

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