New York (The Gaslamp Post) – Police in Manhattan say they now have 63 area gang members who they say are responsible for at least 3 murders, over 30 violent gun-related offenses, and other routine violence since 2009, off the street. Their reign of terror over a 30-square-block area in East Harlem was declared over after police used social media to nail them.
Gang members from 3 area gangs; the Air It Out (AIO), True Money Gang (TMG), and Whoadey were targetted by authorities in the sweep.
According to The Dot, the geniuses used Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to not only brag about their exploits, but to taunt rival gangs. After investigation was complete, police had multiple confessions several years long. Yes, apparently some people really are this stupid.
They just couldn’t help themselves from bragging about the exploits on social media. Gang members used slang in an attempt to obfuscate their activities, but it didn’t work. Police deciphered their code and released a small glossary in their press release yesterday:
Shooting a gun could either be “Air it,” “dump on,” “pop a bottle” or “play the flute,” police said. Others include “boys” (cops) “bread” (money) or “food,” “gas,” “sea shellz” or “electricity” (all terms for bullets). The gangs became real wordsmiths when talking about guns, however. Those could be anything from a “bitch,” to a “drum set,” to a “girlfriend” or, more colorfully, a “flamingo” or a “sandwich.”
Murder was “rocking [someone] to sleep early.”
Police investigating crime in the area began deciphering the lingo and created quite an extensive glossary of terms. Once that happened, it didn’t take long for them to obtain mountains of details about past crimes, as well as have a real-time feed of what they were up to, according to the Daily Mail.
One member was caught after he was recorded on a jailhouse phone saying, ‘I went over there, you know, and played the flute twice,’ which meant he shot someone two times.
‘Social media remains a double-edged sword in our crime fighting strategies. It is used by crew members to brag about past crimes, taunt rivals, and incite violence,’ New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
‘On the other hand, we use social media to document past crimes and intercept new ones being talked about openly by crew members on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.’