Baltimore gangs agree to truce similar to one during 1992 riots in L.A.

By Brian Charles, Correspondent | Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/30/15, 6:51 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

"Crips, Bloods, Mexicans Together"BALTIMORE >> Rival gang members walked side by side down Pennsylvania Avenue to their cars.

Not one menacing glare was exchanged by the dozens of gang members, despite a bloody feud between the crews that has raged for more than 40 years in cities across the country.

In the midst of historic civil unrest, some of Baltimore’s most violent residents have put aside their long-standing feud, at least for now.

“I can’t say how long the truce will last, but the church and the community have to continue to do the work to maintain peace,” the Rev. Walter Sheppard Jr. of the Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Baltimore said Tuesday.

The Bloods and Crips, gangs whose origins and deadly rivalry stretch back to Southern California, struck a peace accord hours after the death of Freddie Gray was made public. Gray died of injuries suffered in police custody, and after his funeral riots exploded in the streets of Baltimore.

The deal the gangs have struck is simple: no violence between the rival cliques and no members are to take part in looting or rioting.

“I believe it’s very encouraging any time young men can find common ground to form a unified front against police violence,” said Najee Ali, a Los Angeles civil rights activist.

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