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A gun-toting Crips gang member with past criminal convictions on charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, and unlawful possession of a handgun was allowed to walk away by Elizabeth police after he misrepresented himself as a law enforcement officer by showing them a handgun strapped to his ankle.

Larry Langforddavis, 33, of Hillside, was arrested several days later for the possession the handgun by police officers who recognized him in the parking lot of an Elizabeth go-go bar, where police were called to break up a fight.

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Langforddavis, who is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to his criminal convictions, was given the semi-automatic handgun, fully loaded with hollow-point bullets by Antoine Dobson, a 29-year-old deputy United States marshal.

While it is city policy—set by Mayor J Christian Bollwage—to deny the existence of a gang problem in Elizabeth, we cannot afford to have police burying their heads in the sand.

If law enforcement officials knew the difference between a gun and a badge, Langforddavis could have been taken off the streets days earlier.


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