According to findings, violent teen “crews” are responsible for shootings in New York City.
Small groups of 12- to 20-year-old men are responsible for almost 40% of the city’s shootings, according to a report by the Washington Post . The number of crews, who have names such as “Very Crispy Gangsters, True Money Gang and Cash Bama Bullies,” continue to increase.
Inspector Kevin Catalina of the NYPD said, “It’s like belonging to an evil fraternity. A lot of it is driven by nothing”.
Many of crew members publicize and post proof of their activities online; police have been able to crack down on the crews, which the Washington Post said are mostly “clustered around a particular block or housing project”.
Big and well-established gangs are still prominent all over the five boroughs. According to the police, the older gangs have become wise to do violence in brazen street level as they did in the many years before.
The Washington Post reported, “The trend of smaller, younger crews has also been seen in Chicago and Northeast cities over the last few years as police have cracked down on bigger, more traditional gangs. While the Bloods, Crips and Latin Kings still exist, operating such money-making schemes as drug dealing, their members are usually older and understand the timeworn mantra of organized crime: violence is bad for business”.
When gangbanger, 18-years-old Jamal Williams was asked why he became a part of the crew, he said that it’s like being part of the family he never had. He said, “A crew to me is a family. They are going to be there for me like my parents was never there for me”.
It is observed that despite of the increasing violence among young individuals in New York City, the city’s crime rate stays at historic low.