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Police continue Athens street gang crackdown with more arrests


Raekwon Jennings

By Joe Johnson

With two more arrests this week, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has continued a crackdown on local criminal street gang activity that became a priority last year.

According to police, on Thursday they arrested a known gang member who was allegedly involved in a shootout over two months ago at the Nellie B Homes apartment complex in east Athens.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Raekwon Jennings of Forest Acres Circle, was charged in warrants with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and violating the state Street Gang Terrorism Prevention Act, police said.

According to a police incident report, the shootout occurred the night of Nov. 3 near the corner of Cone Drive and Zebulon Avenue at Nellie B Homes, where officers collected over a dozen spent cartridge cases from the roadways.

A witness reportedly told police that the gunfight happened when a car drove slowly into the intersection, and a surveillance camera took images of a man wearing a blue hoodie shoot seven rounds at the car as it entered the intersection.

When the occupants of the car returned fire, the man fled behind a building and fired six more shots at the vehicle, according to the police report.

Police said the incident happened two days 21-year-old Demetrius Pope was shot to death outside his home on Martin Circle, not far from Nellie B Homes. They did not indicate whether they believed the incidents were related.

Lance Jonathan Blockum

The other known gang member arrested on Thursday was identified by police as 18-year-old Lance Jonathan Blockum of Spring Valley Road.

He was charged in warrants with carrying a pistol without a license, obstruction of law enforcement, and loitering and prowling.

Due to the ongoing anti-gang campaign, police said they were not releasing any of the suspects’ affiliations.

Blockum and Jennings were both being detained at the county jail as of Friday afternoon without bail being set.

Over the past several weeks, ACCPD has made 21 arrests of known gang members or associates. In addition to the arrests, officers have seized 13 guns, as well as drugs and stolen property.

"ACCPD is committed to protecting the community and will continue to focus our efforts on violent criminal street gangs," the department said in a released statement.

Anyone with information about criminal street gang activity is asked to use ACCPD’s Crime Tip Line at 706-705-4775, email the Gang Unit at gangunit@accgov.com, or contact our Gang Unit through its anonymous online tip website: https://www.accgov.com/FormCenter/Police-27/Criminal-Gang-Activity Tips-759.

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joe Call anything in Athens that doesn’t has anything to do wit uga a gang 🤦🏾‍♂ Hate to say it but it’s definitely a image being put out by the media that almost any person of color that gets arees in Athens ga is a gang member and It’s sad cause youre labeling a pers who nobody know unless you actually know that person in real life and these can be people that’ll give you the shirt off their back to make sure you’re good but naw he’s a gang banger and needs to be thrown under the jail. You folks make me sick I guess innocent until proven g doesn’t matter when you are a person of color

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Classic City News
Classic City News
26 Ιαν 2022
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We publish information about gangs that are verified by ACCPD, and do not just make up stuff.

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DA Gonzalez must be getting really upset that the police are trying to undo her goal of keeping certain criminals free on the streets and out of jail. She ran on the platform of putting more white people in jail and locking up less people of color and not prosecuting crimes. That is her job and she refuses to do it. This is a fact and it somehow got her elected by mailed in ballots. It can be very easily verified. Why would anyone vote for her unless you are pro-crime, anti-police and racist? Yes, if you hate white people, you are still a racist.

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Jarvis T
Jarvis T
26 Ιαν 2022
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In the end, it probably may work out that way. By her bending over backwards not to put minorities behind bars, she hasn’t made that same concession to Caucasians, therefore… if you’re simply monitoring the race of the people where she’s actually prosecuting the cases, by simply adjusting the balance to prosecute less minorities, but not doing so for Caucasians, it now makes Caucasians the ones who are now predominantly prosecuted. It’s not that she’s making a point to prosecute more Caucasians, but it just turns out that way now that she’s excluding them from the many breaks she’s giving to minorities. it’s simple math. Call it reverse discrimination if you’d like

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Jarvis T
Jarvis T
21 Ιαν 2022

Athens Clarke County police can arrest as many gang members as they want. But if they even do get prosecuted by the district attorneys office, the charges will be lowered to criminal trust pass and public urination and they’ll get unsupervised probation.

What’s pretty much going on in Athens Clarke County is the equivalent of the garbage man collecting truck loads of trash bags full of garbage and taking them to the city dump only to find that the gates are shut and locked.

The city dump represents the conduct and attitude of the district attorneys office. So although using the word “arrest” makes for a good headline and sounds like we’re fighting this gang criminal activity, bu…


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