According to Oregon Live, “Police were able to add someone to the list if the person self-identified as a member of a gang, participated in a gang initiation ritual, committed a gang-related crime or displayed two or more observable signs of gang membership.”
The “gang” label would appear with the name of a suspect, as well as any other identifiers, such as nicknames, employers schools, etc., to aid police in investigations. However, the PPB is removing the designation because it was discovered that “criminal gang affiliate” was applied over 100 times each year which didn’t lead to any convictions or arrests. Another reason to retire the decades-old practice is because police are using more advanced technologies which negate any need to identify people as gang members, the report states.
"Gang violence isn't going to go away,” Capt. Mike Krantz said. "We're not pretending gang violence doesn't exist. We're just taking this one thing away.”
Krantz has been trying for two years to get the gang affiliations off the record after PPB’s database showed 81% of the 359 “criminal gang affiliates” were minorities.Read more at TruthRevolt