Largo PD explains 'gang list'

Last Updated: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

Some parents in Largo are upset with the police department.

Those parents recently found out that their children's names were on a list of gang members and associates. The list was recently made public.

According to Bay News 9's partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, a number of those parents said that their kids have never been involved with gangs or arrested.

In response, the police department explained how the names were put on the list.

Police officials said some were identified as gang members by their parents. Others were put on the list after adopting a gang style of dress.

Police said others use hand signals identified with gangs or associate with known gang members.

Some of the people at Tuesday's meeting plan to ask Largo police and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to remove names from their gang lists.