The Hidden Valley Kings are a gang of raceless youths who have turned the Hidden Valley community into an urban battle zone. Charlotte Mecklenburg police have been playing Whack-a-Mole with this gang for years, busting up “trapping” operations, where the gang sells drugs from a protected street corner, only to have them pop up in different locations.
Now the police want a new weapon in this war:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for an injunction to place restrictions on suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for battling one of the city’s oldest gangs. It’s the first time a North Carolina law enforcement agency has taken civil action against a gang, police said Tuesday. …
CMPD will ask a judge to approve an injunction next Thursday. If enacted, it would prevent members of the Kings from associating with other members in public or being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns, according to police.
To get an idea of how powerful and menacing the Kings are, consider this: They managed to close what was once the biggest mall in North Carolina. Eastland Mall, which is near Hidden Valley, had four anchors and a skating rink, but finally succumbed to what is delicately referred to as “demographic changes.” The rise of Section 8 and the destruction of the black family as a result of Aid to Families with Dependent Children have spawned communities populated by single mothers and fatherless children. Hidden Valley is just one example. From Wikipedia:
By the late 1990s, Eastland Mall’s image and physical appearance began to degrade. Adding to the retail shift in Charlotte, demographic changes and ethnic shifts to the surrounding areas have changed the retail makeup of the mall. Crime rates also increased around the mall. In late 2005 there was a shooting inside the mall near the Gourmet Gardens food court and also a shooting outside in the parking lot. Another shooting took place in 2006 near the food court. A bullet smashed one of the glass doors and one person was shot.
Eastland Mall is now a sprawling, vacant wasteland that the city of Charlotte has taken over and is trying desperately to find a buyer. To get an idea of what scared customers away, check out this video starring the Hidden Valley Kings. I would post a language alert, but hey, this is rap. See how much you can take:
Of course, the social mayhem that results from government social engineering leads to what Sam Francis dubbed “anarcho-tyranny,” where the government creates disorder while claiming the need for new powers to restore order. The result is a vast outlaw class on one side and whole communities of powerless victims on the other. On top is a powerful ruling class.
So is the answer to give the police the power to prohibit freedom of association? Is it possible that power could be used in ways we never imagined?
There is only one winner in this story, and it isn’t us.