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The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 6

FBI Los Angeles Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Clark draws from his own experience as he works to dismantle violent gangs, help young people avoid the gang life, and empower residents to take back their neighborhoods.

Apr 17, 2014 05:00 PM

The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 6

When Special Agent Robert Clark speaks to an inner city school group or residents who live in Los Angeles neighborhoods overrun by gangs, he doesn’t think of himself as an outsider.

“I don’t see myself as separate from a lot of the people that I meet in the community,” said Clark, an assistant special agent in charge in our Los Angeles Division who supervises the Bureau’s gang operations there. “I see myself as one of them, because I used to be one of them. I grew up in the inner city. I grew up in foster care. I grew up in places where violence was commonplace, and gangs, graffiti, and drugs were everywhere.”

For that reason, Clark is committed to dismantling violent gangs through rigorous law enforcement efforts. He is equally committed to helping young people avoid the gang life and empowering residents to take back their neighborhoods.

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