What contributes more to the gang problem: the LAPD creating Top Ten Lists of Gangs and Wanted Gang Members, or Hollywood turning these gang member’s lives into slick action movies?
On Wednesday, one of the L.A.P.D.’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” gang members, Kody “Monster” Scott was arrested and charged for a December home robbery and beating of an occupant.
Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”, “Shooter”) has purchased the rights to Kody Scott’s bestselling book, “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member” with plans to adapt it into a motion picture. Kody earned his nickname after beating and disfiguring a robbery victim when he was 13.
(Sidenote: Wil cited Kody’s book, “Monster”, in his LA Top Legends article on Wednesday, the same day Kody was captured – coincidence?)
While the LAPD has recently been criticized for creating a Top Ten List of Gangs and Gang Members, this is the third high profile arrest stemming from that list since it was announced last month. Still there appears to be some speculation that police are putting easy to catch criminals on the list to boost PR, while ignoring more serious criminals:
Gang expert Alex Alonso says there are much worse “monsters” out there than Kody Scott.
“It was absolutely ridiculous that they put him on a top ten gang-most-wanted list when we have a whole lot of unsolved murders out there,” Alonso said.
Alonso believes Scott’s arrest was motivated by politics and public relations.
“We’re in a mode right now where we need to at least appear to be hard on crime, hard on gang crime specifically,” he said. “And what better way to do it than arrest one of the most famous gang members in Los Angeles right now?” (from NPR: Gang Member Turned Author Arrested in L.A.)
Also note that tonite’s CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will include a one hour documentary “Homicide In Hollenback.”