Police say gangs increasingly violent in Ohio city

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say gangs in a northwest Ohio city have become increasingly violent the past couple of decades even as gang-related homicides declined last year compared with 2011.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports police Chief Derrick Diggs says seven of Toledo’s 36 homicides last year were gang-related compared with 13 gang-related homicides among the 37 in 2011.

But Diggs says Toledo’s gangs are “absolutely” more violent now than in the late 1980s. He says gangs, guns, and drugs are all related and contribute to violence in the city.

The newspaper reports the lieutenant overseeing the department’s gang unit says there are an estimated 2,000 gang members in Toledo and 25 to 40 major gangs.

The Blade’s report Sunday was based on its analysis and interviews with police and gang members.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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