|Van Gogh, Young Man, 1888|
- There must be mandatory notification of the parents or guardians of any juvenile before being listed as a gang member.
- There must be an appeal process for those who believe they've been falsely labeled.
- There must be one central database of names for Pinellas County rather than each agency having a list which could be abused.
The absurdity of these lists which were created by a Florida Statute on Gang Prevention is that the laws create gang membership even where there is no real gang affiliation. One unfortunate but laughable result of over-broad labeling by law can be found in the fact that the FBI is being sued because it labeled the entire fan base of a heavy metal rap band as gang members. But at least these thee steps will stop the Largo Police Department from abusing its authority by absurdly listing 500 juveniles in that small city as gang members and by giving parents the ability to appeal arbitrary gang affiliation decisions with due process rights enforced by Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorneys.