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April 11, 2008

Sad: Concerned Parents Get Into Public Row Over Which Pre-School Program Criminal Street Gang Their 4-Year-Old Son Should Join

At least they're taking a strong interest in their son's future.

Honey, we can't afford an addition; you know we have to save for Junior's crack-lab fund.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A couple fighting about which gang their 4-year-old toddler should join caused a public disturbance that resulted in the father's arrest, Commerce City police said Thursday.

On Saturday, Joseph Manzanares stormed into the Hollywood Video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays and even a computer, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval said.

After he ran out of the store, police were called and the 19-year-old was arrested at his home.

His girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, the woman said.

"They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised. Basically, she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would 'claim,'" Sandoval said.

This is an issue that most intergang couples face at some point. It's not an ideal solution, but can't the child both learn about the ancient traditions of the Crips while also having a Ballers tree for the holidays?

Or just expose him to both gang-traditions and let him choose himself when he's at the appropriate age. Like 11 or 12, or whatever.


Thanks to RobG.


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