The Last Gang in Town

The Last Gang in Town

The Epic Story of the Police Vs the Clark Park Gang

Book - 2016
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Decades before Vancouver's drug wars resulting from organized crime, street gangs--many associated with individual city parks--held sway over Vancouver's unruly east side. None was considered tougher or more feared than the Clark Park Gang. In contrast to the peace-and-love hippies and be-ins of the city's west side, this was a tough, wild, two-fisted crew of characters from Vancouver's post-1960s counterculture. In 1972, after a number of headline-making riots and clashes with police--including an infamous altercation outside a Rolling Stones concert--the Clark Parkers became the target of a secret undercover police gang-squad. Their hostile interactions culminated in a notorious police shooting, resulting in the death of a Clark Park Gang member. The Last Gang in Town features previously unpublished photos and police documents, as well as testimonials by surviving gang members and police officers who speak for the first time on the subject.
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781551526713
1551526719
Branch Call Number: 364.106 C46L
Characteristics: 206 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm

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This engaging and thoroughly researched account of the history of the Clark Park Gang that wreaked havoc on Vancouver’s Eastside in the 1970s. Last Gang in town not only paints a clear picture of gang and police culture of the time, but is also an interesting look at East Vanocuver in the 1970s.


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