Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Russell Simmons Join Occupy Wall Street

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 12, 2011 Rap celebrities are showing their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement which started in New York. The demonstration which began 3 1/2 weeks ago to decry the lack of accountability in the upper classes while the majority “99 percenters” bear near insurmountable financial burdens, with […]

Aspiring Rapper Arrested From Light Pole Stunt in NY

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 29, 2011 Commuters were irate and bystanders aghast when a man was allowed to rap from atop a light pole in the heavily trafficked Times Square while police stood around cautiously talking him down. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said a woman from Wisconsin to the New […]

Lil Kim Passes on BET for Gay Pride Parade

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 27, 2011 With the legalization of gay marriage passing through the vote in New York, it looks like sympathies behind civil unions may be becoming the norm, even in the predominantly homophobic hip-hop scene. Lil Kim tweeted that instead of attending the BET Awards, “I will be on […]

Rep. Anthony Weiner claims Twitter account hacked as a prank

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Andrew N. Farrens Streetgangs.com Staff Writer June 3, 2011 | 1:09 p.m. Social media is a wonderful tool that keeps us informed and connected to our friends and family in ways that we could not have imagined fifteen years ago. If abused or used inappropriately, it can also create a scandal or an embarrassing moment […]

Murder charges, 15 defendants added to federal case against Latin Kings gang in NY

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Associated Press |  February 10, 2011 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  — Federal prosecutors added murder and racketeering charges Thursday to a wide-ranging indictment aimed at gutting the local influence of the Latin Kings gang. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he believed it was the first time the racketeering laws, often used against organized crime, had been […]

G. Dep’s Voluntary Confession Could Result in Life Sentence

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER December 20, 2010 Trevell Coleman was involved with a crime that ended in a man’s death 17 years ago. It took nearly two decades’ time, after reaching success as the rapper G. Dep, for him to walk into New York City’s 25th precinct last Wednesday night to confess to […]

Gang Activity Now a Focus for Immigration Agents

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KIRK SEMPLE (The New York Times) | December 9, 2010 When Walter Alberto Torres, a Salvadoran immigrant and a gang member, confessed in October 2009 that he had unsuccessfully plotted the assassination of an immigration agent in New York City, the admission touched off more than just his prosecution. In the weeks that followed, immigration […]

2 reputed New Brighton gang members face drug charges

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John M. Annese December 08, 2010 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Two reputed gang members from New Brighton face a variety of felony drug charges after a detective with the NYPD’s Staten Island Gang Squad spotted them passing a marijuana cigar to each other, then searched them and found several bags of crack, authorities allege. Karon […]

NY gang leader sentenced to 35 years for murder

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Associated Press NOVEMBER 30, 2010 CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A leader of a Long Island street gang has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 2004 murder of a fellow gang member. Wilver Lopez received the sentence Tuesday in federal court in Central Islip. He pleaded guilty in August. Lopez, now 29, admitted […]

Bloods put their colors on for court in attempt to intimidate rival gangs

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Thomas Zambito (DAILY NEWS) November 28th 2010 Each day, a dozen or more young men stroll into Queens Supreme Court sporting the Cincinnati Reds’ signature red-and-black cap. The fashion trend doesn’t mean the borough has stopped rooting for the Mets in favor of this year’s National League Central champions. Veteran prosecutors say members of the […]

Gang of ‘heroin dealers’ caught after they were snapped on Google Street View

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By Daniel Bates November 12th 2010 A gang of alleged drug dealers have been caught after they were photographed at work by the Google Street View car. The gang were selling heroin and marijuana outside a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York, when the Google driver went past and inadvertently took their picture. The street […]

Feds Round Up Long Island Motorcycle Gang

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By JONATHAN DIENST (nbcnewyork.com) Sep 15th, 2010 More than a dozen members of the Pagan motorcycle gang were arrested Wednesday on charges ranging from drug conspiracy to racketeering, law enforcement officials said. The raids took place across four states and involved more than 300 ATF agents as well as local police including Suffolk County and […]