Routine traffic stops reveals large gang gathering in Little Rock

Traffic stop reveals gang activity in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A routine traffic stop in Cammack Village led to the arrest of four admitted gang members.

Police said they were on their way to a popular park where hundreds of fellow gang members were meeting. Cammack Village Police said the driver had a felony warrant out of West Memphis for delivery of methamphetamine. He admitted to being a part of the Vice Lord Gang.

Rebsamen and Murry Park are popular spots for bikers, families, and picnic goers, but Sunday evening Lieutenant Andre Dyer with Little Rock Police Department was working at the park when he took notice of one group.

"We recognized some of the guys had t-shirts that are all of the same and recognized they may be gang affiliated with some of the gestures they threw in the air," said Lieutenant Dryer.

Police say several hundred self-proclaimed gang members were at a pavilion, and when too many showed up, they had to shut it down.

“You could smell the marijuana in the air, and there was erratic driving being done," said Dyer.

Dyer doesn't believe Sunday's incident is part of a bigger a gang problem.

“I think that this is an issue with people trying to make a name for themselves. I think its two to three percent of the city’s population creating this havoc," said Dyer.

But Lieutenant Steve McClanahn does admit that there are gangs in Little Rock.

“It’s been brought to the forefront here lately," said McClanahan. “I can tell you for a fact there are gangs in Little Rock.”

LRPD has been monitoring the gangs. The department works to keep tabs on them and often have undercover cops when they know gangs will be meeting.

“We do know who the key players are in these gangs. The more difficult part for us is the ability to make a criminal arrest," said McClanahan.

Little Rock police said they do have extra patrol in the Murray park area, especially on busy days like Sunday. They don't think park-goers need to worry, but say to always stay aware of your surroundings.

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