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Facebook is not the place to brag about your gang activity. Remember, the police are watching. Forty-nine members of the Brooklyn gangs the Rockstarz and the Very Crispy Gangsters were indicted this week for murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy. The gangs had been feuding for years, and had been using Facebook to threaten each other and brag about murders and other crimes they had committed.
The Times was present at a press conference held by NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and shared this information:
Two members of the Very Crispy Gangsters are dead, as is one member of the Rockstarz. There were 10 shootings over three years; one bullet, officials said, hit a 10-year-old boy who was in his apartment watching cartoons.
The indictments charged the gangs with engaging in a three-year war that began with the killing of a member of the Very Crispy Gangsters, Taquan Crandall, by a Rockstarz member in September 2009. The police said the suspect, Michael Allen Reid, had been indicted on murder charges and was also a suspect in another fatal shooting. The cases against him are pending.
Members of both gangs — many about age 20, with the oldest 23, and nine younger than 18 — made and accepted friend requests among their rivals, the authorities said. Mr. Kelly said one defendant posted a picture of himself wearing the belt and watch of a man whom the police said he had shot. He said that under the photo was written: “I can't give it back. You can't walk no more.”
After a murder of a member of the Very Crispy Gangsters, members of the Rockstarz posted comments including “Rockstarz are up 3-0,” Mr. Kelly said.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law—even if it's on Facebook.