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The Crime Of Wealthy Cities

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There is a misconception that wealthy cities do not have the same types of crimes as lower or middle-class areas. Society believes that the affluent residents can deter crime with their highly patrolled areas and their advanced security systems to keep them safe from criminals and drug addicts that may be wandering on the street. In addition, society believes that the upper class’ wealth deters them from committing crimes. They see that there is no reason for them to commit a crime with all the money they have because they can just buy whatever they desire. Although in some aspects it may be true, some cannot help the thrill and excitement that comes with the package of committing crimes. Others get involved in crimes because of social or…show more content…
Later that… year … [a second] beating of victim… at a party [happened and]… attackers threatened to kill witnesses if they told police. Additionally, reports circulated… of an attack on a couple walking along the beach” (Ludeke, p.2) Although MLO members became notoriously known for their assaults, their actions that described them as an established gang were immediately disregarded by law enforcement and the community. The city of Malibu believed that if they just ignore MLO eventually they would go away. In 1988 the Step Act was enacted, it helped distinguish which groups and actions are considered to be gang related. Ludeke argued that MLO should be regarded as a gang because they have completed each criteria in the Step Act that constitutes them as a street gang.
“The Step Act defines a criminal street gang as: [A]ny ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons . . . having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more of the criminal acts enumerated in paragraphs (1) to (25), inclusive, or (31) to (33), inclusive, of subdivision (e), having a common name or common identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity.” (Ludeke, p.4)

Ludeke has proven that MLO is a street gang by identifying that they have a common name and are
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