Today's New York Post trumpets the arrest of "more than 60" Harlem gangbangers from crews like Air It Out, True Money Gang and Trillas, who were "felled by their own social media posts," according to police.
Quoth the Post,
The evidence against them -- amassed by the Manhattan DA's Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit, the NYPD's Gang Division, and cops from the 23rd and 25th precincts and PSA5 -- included dangerous surveillance and gun seizures conducted over the course of three years.
"Dangerous surveillance" refers, in part, to social media monitoring that led to the arrests, as police treated slang like a code to be deciphered. The second half of the Post's article reads like a forgotten "Ebonics" verse, as they quote the police department's analysis of street slang.
But most strange is their use of gang members quoting rap lyrics as "evidence."
"God forgives I don't … somebody gotta die," one alleged member of the gang "Air It Out," posted on Facebook, according to the massive conspiracy indictments unsealed today.
"I'm 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116 this is the New Iraq," boasted another alleged AIO member.
As anyone with a passing familiarity with the MMG catalog is aware, these are paraphrased quotes of Rick Ross and Meek Mill, rather than criminal confessions, per se.