Joe Bruno on the Mob – 43 NY City Gang Members Arrested For Blabbing on the Internet


Like Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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In an amazing display of idiocy, 43 members of two waring New York City gangs were arrested by the New York City police because they bragged on the Internet about their crimes, including murders. The arrests capped an investigation on the web that stated in June 2010 called “Operation Tidal Wave.”

According to the arrest indictments, members of the Hood Starz and the Wave Gang used the Internet to brag about violent crimes, including six murders, they committed in Brownsville, Brooklyn. In addition to the murders, authorities linked the gangs to 32 shootings, 36 robberies, two burglaries, seven grand larcenies and 33 arrests for gun possession. The Hood Starz are generally from the Marcus Garvey Houses, while members of the Wave Gang lived at the Langston Hughes Houses.

“The gangs had a longstanding feud over territory, leading to wanton and reckless behavior where kids would shoot at each other because they were in the wrong gang or on the wrong street or in front of the wrong building,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said. (Hynes didn’t mention that the people arrested had the collective I.Q.’s of a Pet Rock.)

Mistakingly thinking that their “code words” could not be deciphered by anyone other than other gang members, these dolts posted on social websites such as Twitter and Facebook (and also on Utube) conversations that included invading enemy turf — “going to the beach,” and shootings – “clapped him off the surfboard.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press, “The officers who made this case became experts in the lexicon as they followed gang members on Twitter, on Facebook and on YouTube.”

There have always been criminals who weren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer. But with the explosion of the social media sites on the Internet, where you can post that you just got married, hit a high score on “Mafia Wars,” or caught a fifty-pound fish in a bathtub, it is beyond comprehension that someone would post on a social site, even in code, that they just KILLED SOMEBODY!!

If gangs members, or criminals of any kind, can’t keep their traps shut on the Internet, the degree of difficulty in catching the bad guys throughout the world just became infinitely easier.

You can view the article below at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/hood-starz-wave-gang-brooklyn-busted-web-crime-article-1.1009020

Hood Starz and Wave Gang of Brooklyn not 🙂 after getting busted for using Web for crime

Gangbangers burned up Twitter and Facebook bragging in own lingo about shootings, while cops followed their posts

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By Joe Kemp / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NYPD didn’t need warrants or wiretaps when gangs dropped dime on themselves over the Web.

Crossing into rival turf was known as “going to the beach” and when a gang member was gunned down, enemies said the shooter “clapped him off the surfboard.”

The unique language posted on social media sites by members of warring Brooklyn street gangs not only gave cops a glimpse into their coded communications — it also led to 43 arrests.

The officers who made this case became experts in the lexicon as they followed gang members on Twitter, on Facebook and on YouTube,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a press conference announcing the arrests.

Police said members of the Hood Starz and the Wave Gang took to the web to brag about violent crime in Brownsville. Law enforcement sources said gang investigators have increased their monitoring of social networking sites.

In this case, social media chatter helped link the gangs to six murders since June 2010 during an 18-month probe dubbed “Operation Tidal Wave.”

The online boasts also revealed colorful nicknames for the gang members. Members of the Wave Gang were called “Woo” and members of the Hood Starz were called “Chew,” Kelly said.

The Hood Starz are generally from the Marcus Garvey Houses, while members of the Wave Gang repped the Langston Hughes Houses, police said.

Among the suspects in the sweeping indictment was Sahiah (Uzi) Davis, 16, a member of the Wave Gang. She was already at Rikers, held without bail after being slapped with a murder charge in August. She’s accused of killing another teen in Brownsville.

The indictment details a slew of charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. The NYPD, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and the city’s special narcotics prosecutor conducted the investigation.

In addition to the murders, authorities linked the gangs to 32 shootings, 36 robberies, two burglaries, seven grand larcenies and 33 arrests for gun possession. A shootout in August involving the gangs wounded a 9-year-old boy and his father, authorities said.

The suspects are between 15 and 21.

The gangs had a longstanding feud over territory, leading to wanton and reckless behavior where kids would shoot at each other because they were in the wrong gang or on the wrong street or in front of the wrong building,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said.

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