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Police raid nets 15 gang-related arrests
The police arrested 15 people yesterday in connection with a large-scale raid. Ten of the arrestees are due in court today and face charges including violence, attempted murder, robbery and blackmail. Most of them are involved with the gang Loyal to Familia (LTF).
One of the arrestees, a 26-year-old man, is believed to be a leader of LTF. He is charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault with a knife. He appeared in court today and denied all the charges against him.
The police do not know why there have been so many violent conflicts in the gang environment this year, and according to Copenhagen Police chief superintendent Jørgen Skov, they may never find out.
"Unfortunately we think that [the gangs] don’t even know it themselves. A spiral of revenge is created in which one takes revenge for the sake of it. Someone wanted to start a conflict and then others talk back and then we have the spiral,” Skov told Politiken newspaper.
During the raid, the police also confiscated weapons, ammunition, drugs and money. Despite the arrests and the confiscations, Skov fears that this will not end the violent conflicts between the gangs.