You can view this at the site posted below. Also, check out his 1st comment on the bottom of the article, he mentions LiveLeak and his "Hidden" videos hahaha
The retired Marine spends his free time documenting what he perceives as “the gang problem in Oceanside.” He does so by taking his trusty camcorder on trips around the city of Oceanside, CA, and confronting youth that he feels may be gang members, but not youth that he KNOWS are gang members.
The rubric for his passion is pretty simple. Hinton walks around public places, most often the beach, filming youth. Based solely on the youth’s appearance, Hinton engages the youth by asking “seen any gangbangers, thugs, clowns, tough guys?” The response is video taped and later uploaded to YouTube. In Hinton’s eyes, confronting youth in public somehow combats gang issues in Oceanside. The problem is, in the hundreds of videos Hinton has posted, not one features a confirmed member of any gang. Essentially, Hinton chooses youth that he thinks he can provoke enough to engage him in an argument, films the youth’s heated words and posts the video hoping that the local police will see it and…arrest the kid? Give him a medal?
Some of the more memorable Gangbuster vids feature Hinton accosting a family who just lost a son/brother/cousin in a shooting, verbally abusing Mexican imigrants outside a church in the name of legal immigration, and getting thrown out of a youth basketball game for badgering the players.
While the videos don’t have any apparent contribution toward gang prevention, they do illustrate the generational disconnect between youth culture and the perception of what gang culture may be to some adults.
Since we last took a look at Hinton’s work, not a whole lot has changed, save for the fact that Hinton has become even more of a local celebrity. His newer videos (which he openly admits that he only films during warm weather) show Hinton being recognized almost immediately wherever he goes. The popularity, however, only serves to lessen the intended purpose of Hinton’s actions. Youth see this guy coming and they’ve seen his videos. So, when a group of skaters see the Gangbuster combing the beach, they intentionally act up, hoping to get videotaped and see themselves on YouTube. As a result, the subjects of Hinton’s videos have grown increasingly farther away from actual gang members which seems to be apparent to everyone except Hinton himself.
Just as before, the videos only show youth being harassed, accosted and bothered by a man old enough to be their grandfather (apparently Ice-T stole Hinton’s idea). The only viable observation one can gather from the vids is Hinton’s lack of understanding of youth culture and his blatantly stereotypical vantage point. Since the last Gangbuster story, the credibility of Hinton’s support has come into question. As one may suspect, his videos garner a lot of opposition. On YouTube, users are able to post comments to videos but those comments can be moderated by the poster, in this case, Hinton. Negative comments are commonly posted but then disappear within a day, having been erased by Hinton. Furthermore, Hinton has now had several of his accounts deleted by YouTube only to re-register under a different name.
The credibility is questionable, the motivation is concerning and the result is meaningless. Youth will always dress to stand out and attempt to gain as much attention as possible, it helps provide a sense of identity. Hinton did it when he was young as did everyone.
Despite the complete lack of any kind of tangible positive change in gang prevention, Hinton continues his quest. A lone vigilante armed only with his camcorder and his intuition will never stop patrolling the mean(?) streets of Oceanside in an endless journey to erradicate the existence of gangs. That is, until he confronts an actual gang member and gets shot.
The one aspect that keeps the vision alive is the high entertainment value of the videos. The confrontations and assumptions are often so ridiculously humorous or jaw droppingly shocking in their abrasiveness that you just can’t look away; it’s like driving by a car accident.
Will the Oceanside Gangbuster accomplish any type of actual gang prevention? No. Will Ron Hinton continue to provide an internet audience with shoestring budgeted documentaries that make us laugh, cringe, gasp and question his sanity? Man, I hope so.
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