By Megan Boatwright
Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA, (WRCB) -- For the second time in less than a month, Chattanooga police have made another sweep to get gang members off the streets.
It seems like police Chief Bobby Dodd has had enough. A member of the gang task force says expect these round up to keep happening. Thirty-six people were arrested Thursday as a direct response to Tuesday's bus stop shooting.
Seventy-five officers hit the streets Thursday, to put gang members out of business. When it was over 11 known gang members were in jail.
"What you see you don't," says Michael Clark. "You don't really see or hear nothing."
Clark knows he lives in a rough neighborhood. It's two streets over from Pawnee Trail the site of a November gang shooting.
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Clark says he was friends with Jermichael Williams. The 22-year-old who was murdered that day.
"He was a real good guy," says Clark. "He wasn't doing anything wrong, just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Clark and his family only bought their home 4-months ago, already they've learned to keep to themselves.
"Right now it just seems like we've had an influx of shootings," says Sergeant Todd Royval.
Royval is part of a 10 member Gang Task Force. His group planned the roundup one day after two other gang members opened fire near a school bus.
"Because of that shooting," Royval says. "We decided we were gonna try to intervene."
Police filed a total of 77 charges, ranging from drugs to illegal guns. They won't say for sure the bus stop shooting was retalition for the Pawnee murder, but the possibility is one reason they acted so fast.
"We are gonna be constantly putting more officers together," Royval says. "Hitting the streets hard. We want to keep everybody safe for the holidays."
These 75 officers were divided into teams which used directed patrols, knock and talks, and warrant service to make contact with violent gang members and wanted persons.
Officers served 30 warrants and seized two guns. They also got some drugs off the Chattanooga streets including 535 grams of marijuana, 7.8 grams of crack cocaine, and 4.8 grams of powder cocaine. They also seized two cars.
Officer uncovered stolen property including two televisions, and XBOX 360, digital camera, and two laptops.
The roundup resulted in the seizure of $1,857 cash and three fake $50 bills.
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