CPD addresses gang arrests, indictments

CPD addresses gang arrests, indictments
The gang unit has recovered 16 guns in November. (Source: WOIO)
The gang unit has recovered 16 guns in November. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police have made multiple arrests of area gang members.

In a Friday news conference, CPD, FBI, Maple Heights Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office announced an 85-count indictment against several gang members. The crimes include everything from attempted murder and felonious assault to kidnapping.

The Gang Impact Unit began a joint investigation with Maple Heights Police in response to the robberies and shootings in Broadway/Fleet areas of Cleveland. That investigation led to suspects in the series of carjackings between July 25 and Aug. 19 in Tremont. Five people were arrested in the string of robberies. The operation also yielded the confiscation of multiple firearms, including an AK47.

The GIU unit is responsible for taking 165 guns off the streets since the beginning of the year, 16 guns so far in November.

"Their job is probably the most dangerous in law enforcement. All they do and chase down guys with guns," Commander Gary Gingell said.

The gang members are tied into the Heartless Felons Gang.

Police and prosecutors say the city is a little safer with each gang arrest.

"I think every case we've done, in terms of these gangs, has resulted in a reduction of crime. I don't expect one case is going to make everyone go away and hide. But I think what we're trying to suggest here -- and the commander pointed out -- is consistency. We've been at this now for well over a year," said Duane Deskins with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

We spoke with the son of Edwina Neal, who was arrested. Three of his brothers were arrested, too. Norlando Bradford says his mom is innocent and his family is not in a gang.

"She does not condone any type of violence. She's a church-going woman and she planted that in me and my brothers. She raised us right. She don't condone the violence," Bradford said.

Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation.

"This is not the end. I think every case we've done, in terms of these gang cases, we dealt with the reduction of crime," Deskins said.

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