While I’m not convinced about the “gang ties” theme [that’s a common thing assumed in these situations, probably because they’re black] – the line that jumps out at me is this:
““But also, we are concerned about downward pressure from some of the older gang members pushing the younger ones to do some of the dirty work.””
and that’s how I see it.
People get *really stupid* in groups of three or more. Everything suddenly makes sense that wouldn’t normally make sense if they were alone.
Before you know it, you find yourself in a situation you wouldn’t have been in normally.
I think this is the case.