Quick and easy way to eliminate the competition, and probably yourself.
Sheriff Leon Lott has been battling Richland County’s well-known gang problem for several years now, but now the sheriff is going in a slightly different direction than what maybe you’re used to seeing.
His new tactic? Tattling.
That’s right, Lott is hoping two new flyers intended for gang-infested neighborhoods will help curb the issues.
The first flyer is intended for gang members directly.
“Having a problem with a fellow gang member or rival? Instead of retaliating and getting yourself locked up, why don’t you just take them off the streets in a more self-serving way,” the flyer reads.
The flyer then asks folks to write down the name of the offending gang member and turn it in to deputies.
A second flyer goes after known drug dealers.
“Drug dealing is hard!” reads the flyer.
The tactic is exactly the same with the second flyer. Lott is hoping to get competing drug dealers to turn each other in.
“Much like the stock market, drug dealing is a hard business to keep up,” the flyer reads. “Fortunately, you’re in the business where there are no rules, so wouldn’t it be nice to be the only dealer in town?”
Meanwhile, Lott says these tactics are being used to step up anti-gang efforts following a recent uptick in gang-related crime.