NYPD, Feds Bust Gang Behind Skyrocketing Crime Numbers

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City police and federal agents said Thursday they dismantled a violent street gang that terrorized residents of East Flatbush and was behind much of the skyrocketing crime figures this year.

A 75-count indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charges 13 members of the gang.

“In law enforcement we always say there’s a very small percentage of the population responsible for a large percentage of the crime,” said Kevin Catalina, who heads the gang unit. “We’ve removed the worst of the worst.”

The unit was based in East Flatbush, which sees some of the most violent crime in the city. Crime rates have inched up this year for the first time in two decades, although they still remain at near-historic lows.