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Henry Davis Jr. to South Bend officials: Stop calling them groups, they're gangs!

South Bend's 2nd District Councilman Henry Davis Jr. says he's had enough with authorities and public figures calling what he says are gangs in South Bend "groups." On Twitter Wednesday morning, he wrote, "HIGH UNEMPL=DRUGS=CRIME=GANGS WHO ARE CALLED GROUPS=A political speech to talk about data driven solutions meanwhile people die."

We called the councilman about his post, and he says the gang problem is growing.  "I live in the 2nd district, and I've seen more Gangster Disciples tags go up in the past month than I have since I moved in," he says. Davis even called out South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal on his comments about "groups" in South Bend Wednesday, writing on Twitter, "A political speech to talk about data driven solutions meanwhile people die."

Davis says groups are gangs, "How do you continue to soften it when you see different gang tags all over the community?" He says he's seen tags from Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and the Latin Kings, all in South Bend. "I think using the words groups obviously gives people the satisfaction that it's not that bad."

But Davis says, it is that bad. He says in the seven years he's been a common councilman, he's never had so many people talk to him about how they're scared to leave their home at night. He says his tweet Wednesday morning was speaking out for the people of his district. 

Davis says by the city by calling them "groups" when he says they are clearly gangs, that actually infuriates the gangs even more. "That may set their alarms off to where they say, 'We're going to show you who we really are.'" Davis says the first step to solving the problem, is admitting the problem truthfully. He adds that South Bend has the opportunity to invest and engage in the community more than they ever have before. 

Davis add, one of the main reasons gangs came to South Bend was the demolition of Cabrini Green in the early 1990's.  

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