by Leyla Santiago
Thursday, November 5, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The City of Anchorage says it's not budging on gang violence.
As it stands today, the city budget includes two attorneys who prosecute gang violence cases on a federal level.
Mayor Dan Sullivan says they're not going anywhere, despite questioning from the Assembly.
The U.S. Attorney says a grant originally helped pay the salary of these prosecutors, but things have changed.
Over the years, federal funding has gone down, and police say gangs continue to pop up around Anchorage.
In June of 2007 a group attacked and shot a 23-year-old man at a gas station in Mountain View.
Police say it was a gang.
"One youth says to another that that's gangsta,' and that's a good term. It kind of breaks our heart because we'd like to see that not be a good term because generally gangs and what they bring are not good," said Steve Smith, acting APD chief.