MS-13 threatened to take out Long Island police officers and Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder says they have responded with a series of sweeps and 46 arrests.
Crime Stoppers in Nassau and Suffolk offer total $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of anyone who threatens an officer’s life.
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Experts say MS-13 is distinguishable among gangs in that its hallmark is not to shake down store owners or to protect drug-dealing operations. Instead, members commit violence for its own sake, in large part as a way to carve out and control the turf they consider theirs, purging it of rival gang members and others perceived as having disrespected MS-13.
Brutality for MS-13 is “considered as part of their identity . . . with their DNA,” said Hector Silva, a former deputy chief of mission at the Washington embassy of MS-13’s home base, El Salvador. An expert on the gang, he is now a research fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University in Washington. More