Rewards program enacted

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two of the top 10 – Oscar Enrique Flores and Steve Garcia – are from the SanFers gang in the San Fernando Valley. Both are wanted on murder charges. Villaraigosa and Bratton announced earlier this month a crackdown on gangs, including assignment of 200 more officers to anti-gang units around the city and 50 more in the Valley. “We want people to step forward and tell us if they see one of these people on the streets so we can get them into the system and begin prosecution,” Cardenas said. Councilman Ed Reyes said he hopes the rewards will provide an incentive for people to get involved. “It takes a tremendous amount of courage to step forward and work with police to identify gang members,” he said. In a move designed to heighten public attention, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday authorized rewards of $50,000 each for information leading to the arrest of the city’s recently named 10 most-wanted gang members. “These are the people who are the most dangerous, the most violent,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who authored the motion on behalf of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton. “These are people who are involved in murders, multiple murders and drug-dealing cases that need to be brought to justice.” A list of the 10 most wanted is available at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Web site, last_img

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