63 New York City gang members arrested for bragging on Facebook

By Stefani Camille
April 08, 2013

The gang world has taken to social media to do their banging and crimes. This caused three rival gangs, some of New York City’s most violent, to be taken down. At least 63 alleged gang members of the Air It Out, True Money and Whoadey gangs have been accused of carrying out a “campaign of violence dating back to at least 2009,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

Today’s indictments chronicle a bloody gang war that claimed the lives of at least three teenagers, led to the shooting of dozens of individuals and put bounties on people’s heads,” the DA said. The defendants used hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts and direct messages, text messages, cell phone videos, and calls made from Rikers Correctional Facility to plot the deaths of rival gang members, according to the DA.

The defendants range in age from 16 to 25, though some were as young as 13 at the time of the crimes, according to the DA’s office. In addition, 25 guns were taken off the streets during sweep. The police were able catch the members simply by reading their incriminating posts on social media networks.

“We use social media to document past crimes and intercept new ones being talked about openly by crew members on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The sweep was also unique in that it is the first time in Manhattan in recent memory that competing gangs all accused of multiple acts of violence “have been removed en masse at once,” Vance said.

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1 Comment for “63 New York City gang members arrested for bragging on Facebook”

  1. Peek Morpholux

    Where’s the David Wilkersons when you need them?

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