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A grafitti sign is seen on the streets of Compton, CA 22 January 2007, where Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca announced the results of the crime task force that was implemented a year ago to combat and supress gang-related violence in Compton. The program included an increase of the budget for law enforcement as well as social programs that try to keep trouble youth out of the streets providing jobs and education. The number of people killed on gang-related violence in Compton has dropped from 72 in 2005 to 36 in 2007 officials said. The Sheriff’s Department also displayed some 500 confiscated weapons that were mostly purchased in California, Nevada, Arizona and Connecticut. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA

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