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Police: Goon Squad Mafia behind attack on teen

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Quatereus Macklin, Photo: Shelby County Jail. Quatereus Macklin, Photo: Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) - Accused members of the Goon Squad Mafia gang are behind bars after they allegedly attacked a younger boy who was walking home from school.

Quatereus Macklin has been charged with aggravated assault.

A pair of 16-year-old's are locked up at Shelby County Juvenile Court and another teen is at 201 Poplar.

They're all accused of beating up a 15-year-old because they wanted him to join the Goon Squad Mafia.

The boy was attacked on a sidewalk just after Whitehaven High School dismissed for the day.

The beating happened on a stretch of road which was named on honor of Dr. Lester Basken, the pastor at Middle Baptist Church.

"We ought to have them involved in other things that is more tangible, more fruitful than getting involved in a gang," said Basken.

Police say it was the second time the victim had been attacked. His collar bone was broken during the most recent beating.

"They are what they are. They are a gang. No more, no less than what any gangs are," Lt. Anthony Carter, of the Memphis Police Department, said about the Goon Squad Mafia. "They're all bad."

Carter heads up the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force and said gangs are spread throughout Shelby County and are always recruiting new members.

"That's the message that we need to get out," Carter said. "No matter what you'd call yourself, if you're involved in gang activity it needs to stop."

Carter said gangs recruit kids for weeks. Sometimes members try to make gangs seem cool, but other times they use threats and force on their uninterested peers.

Sometimes by threats and force on uninterested peers.

"A lot of kids, they tend to want to be tough and want to handle it themselves," said Sgt. Michael Pierce, of the Memphis Police Department. "You can't when you got 4 or 5 different guys that want to attack you every day. So you have to talk to an adult, a parent, somebody you can trust."

Basken said he's all ears and his office is open to youngsters in his community.

"We have to teach young men, young ladies, the responsibility of growing up," he said. "Make long range plans. Don't just think about today, tomorrow. What do you want to do 10 years from now? Five years from now? Two and-a-half years from now?"

Macklin's bond is $20,000. His next court date is scheduled for next week.

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