35 Guns Hoodstarz And Wave Gang
February 22, 2012 by staff
35 Guns Hoodstarz And Wave Gang, Police investigating three murders arrested 43 feuding New York gang members on Thursday based on evidence collected from monitoring what they were saying about the cases on Twitter and Facebook, authorities said.
The 25 accused members of the Wave Gang and 18 accused members of rival Hoodstarz have been terrorizing streets in Brooklyn with shootouts that led to the killing of three people and wounding of several others, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
The gang members, ages 15 to 21, bragged about the shootings on the social media sites Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, he said.
‘By linking their postings and boastings to active cases and other crimes, these officers were able to build their case,’ Mr Kelly said.
GANG SPEAK (WHAT THE COPS HAD TO DECODE)
‘Going to the beach’ – Crossing into rival turf
‘Clapped him off the surfboard’ – Shooting a gang member
‘Actors’ or ‘chew’ – Hood Starz members
‘Woo’ – Wave members
‘Lining out’ – shooting someone
‘The officers who made this case became experts in the lexicon as they followed gang members on Twitter, on Facebook and on YouTube.’
The gang were watched and monitored for over a year while they continued to terrorise Brooklyn neighbourhoods.
When the gangs were talking about crossing into rival turf they used the phrase ‘going to the beach’ and when a gang member was gunned down, they said the shooter ‘clapped him off the surfboard’.
Wave members referred to Hood Starz as ‘actors’ and shooting them was called ‘lining them out’.
Wave members were called ‘Woo’ and Hood Starz were called ‘chew’.
According to NBC, last summer a 21-year-old man was visiting the Brownsville area of Brooklyn and was asked by a Wave member if he was ‘chewing’. When he did not understand he was shot in the face.
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