Cops are in Bloods Hitlist

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Cops are in Bloods Hitlist

Unread post by A Ghost » December 6th, 2005, 9:33 pm

(This is an old article but it's still serious)


The Bloods, a Buffalo street gang with national connections, are living up to their name.

When one gang member used too many bullets last month in an unsuccessful attempt to kill someone the Bloods' leaders wanted dead, fellow gang members killed the shooter with the bad aim, police said.

Another Blood met the same fate last month when he failed to find an individual the gang had decided should die.

"It's called "cleaning your plate.' If you don't "clean your plate, I kill you,' " a city police investigator said of the gang's justification for killing two of its own.

Now even cops may be fair game to the Bloods. Authorities issued a warning to city police officers that local Bloods, who number about 100, will be pledging over the Christmas holidays to progress into the gang's hierarchy. Any Blood who kills a cop advances.

Buffalo police are taking the threat seriously. They already estimate up to 40 percent of this year's 59 city homicides are gang-related.
And the same warning will soon be passed along to other local police departments, urging officers to be on their guard.

"This information came out in a homicide investigation when talking to witnesses and suspects," said Claudia Childs, the Buffalo Police Department's chief of investigative services. "Police work is a dangerous profession, and hopefully our officers will be cautious."

The gang started 30 years ago on the West Coast and gradually spread across the country as gang life found glamour in movies and music.

The Bloods, Childs said, live by different rules than most people.

"It's a totally different mentality and morality," Childs said.

Involved in homicides

Homicide investigators believe the Bloods participated in several recent killings, pushing the city's current homicide rate to 15 more than last year's total of 44.

The escalating trend in drug gang violence, police say, could eclipse the bloodshed brought on by the gang wars of the early 1990s. That's when Donald "Sly" Green and Darryl "Reese" Johnson ordered executions of competing gang members. That propelled the city's murder rate to its high of 92 in 1994.

"It seems like the Bloods settle their debts with death. There's no middle ground," said Detective Sgt. Robert Chella of the Buffalo Police Department's Special Services, an intelligence-gathering unit.

The Bloods are by far the best organized of the dozens of street gangs in the city, according to Capt. Mark Morgan, head of the Major Crimes Unit, which investigates homicides.

"We have some homicides that we can connect to active members of the Bloods," Morgan said. "These people are not afraid to use a gun. They conduct business with guns and violence."

Police Commissioner Rocco J. Diina and Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark acknowledged that the Bloods represent a serious threat to the safety of the community.

"We've been monitoring their activities and believe they're involved in some of the recent violence," Diina said.

Clark said he has assigned two senior prosecutors to work with city and Cheektowaga police in pursuing the gang.

Evidence found at a Nov. 16 robbery of three men staying in a Cheektowaga hotel provided authorities additional insights into how the Bloods operate, police said.

Though no Bloods currently live in Cheektowaga, Capt. James Morath of the Cheektowaga Police Department said the gang members go to Walden Galleria and sometimes rent rooms at hotels in the town.

Gang's inner workings

The high level of organization in the gang and its secretive ways have left even longtime investigators stunned.
Gang members use their own coded alphabet to write messages on the sides of buildings that appear as meaningless graffiti to the untrained eye.

Each member has his own "Book of Knowledge," a handwritten essay that recounts the history of the Bloods, its customs and symbols, including phrases that bear secret meanings to gang members.

New gang members are required to attend "powwows," where older gang members quiz them to make sure they have learned all there is to know about the Bloods.

Those who fail these quizzes pay a price.

"You must know the various signs and symbols of the gang. If you don't, you get what's known as a beat-down. You get beat up, and you have to take it," Chella said. "Can you imagine if schoolteachers operated that way? What an incentive to learn."

Buffalo is divided into four "sets" that the gang claims as its territories. They include the near East Side, the West Side, Central Park and the Bailey-Delavan neighborhood, according to detectives. They say that though membership in the Bloods is mainly African-Americans, whites and Hispanics are permitted to join in Buffalo.

Each set has a leader who is known as an "original gangster," who is older and more experienced in the ways of the gang.

"The original gangsters that are up here either come from New York City or the West Coast, because the gang members here are young and don't have a lot of experience," Chella said.

"There's a whole command structure," he added. "There's even an original gangster for the female members of the gang."

Female gang members play an important role, according to Police Officer James Reese, a member of Buffalo's gang-suppression unit.

"The women act as mules, carrying in the drugs and packaging the drugs, and they'll even do shifts selling the drugs. The men mainly handle money," Reese said

The advantage to using females, he said, is that police are not as likely to stop women.

Disguising bad intent

The Bloods have their own code phrases, police say.

"Revoke your license" translates into "either get out of our territory or we will kill you."

Playing off the phrase "20/20 vision," the Bloods say "22-22" when they want someone "murdered on sight."

The code word for police officer is "Roscoe," a word from old-time gangster movies that meant gun, and "apples in the bowl" means there is a meeting of Bloods.

The gang also puts a slash through the letter "C" any time it writes a word with C in it. The slash is meant as a symbol of disrespect for the Crips, a rival street gang that started on the West Coast in the late 1960s, a few years before the Bloods.

A dog paw is a symbol that represents the Bloods, and members will often have it as a tattoo to identify them. Or gang members will wear red clothing for identification.

"They'll wear red shirts, baseball caps, bandannas, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds jackets, but the ones who want to be really slick and discreet about it wear red sneakers," said Reese, the gang-suppression officer.

An 18-year-old dressed in a red sweat shirt beneath his winter coat and standing on Broadway near Fillmore Avenue last week said he was glad the Bloods are in town.

"I'd love something like that. It's exciting. I have Bloods in my family out in California," said the teen, who would identify himself only as John.

But others do not share his enthusiasm.

"When the Bloods come in, they'll try and get their own territory, and there's going to be shooting up," a 27-year-old East Side man said.

Conditions right for Bloods

Jared L. Lewis, a national expert on gangs and director of Know Gangs in Wisconsin, said circumstances in Buffalo were ripe for the Bloods.

"I attribute it to the breakdown of the family structure, poverty, racism and the negative influence of the media with movies and music that inspire and glamorize the gangster lifestyle," Lewis said.

The Bloods, he said, did not select Buffalo, but the young people here "chose the Bloods."

As to why young people would be willing to commit acts of violence for the gang, Reese offered an opinion:

"There are some kids out there so desperate to belong to a group that they'll do anything. The more ruthless the killing, the more respect you get."

The Bloods' coded graffiti would appear to attest to that.

Examples can be found on hundreds of buildings throughout the city, and one line on a closed grocery store at Brinkman and Rohe streets needs no decoding. It states: "Who want gunplay." Playing down the graffiti, Patricia Gauthier, president of the Brinkman Street Block Club, said teenagers in the neighborhood are responsible for the writing and not gangs.

"I think it is a scare tactic. They try to pretend they're a gang. They see it on TV and the backs of CDs," Gauthier said. "The kids here take pride in their neighborhood, and they're just marking up the building for the fun of it."

But police take the graffiti seriously and believe the Bloods wrote it to challenge another gang in the city.

Police take the threat of the Bloods so seriously that they say they are trying to head off a repeat of the early 1990s, when gang violence became a deadly way of life.

"Before it spreads, you've got to get to these kids. Parents and the community have to be involved," Chella said. "If not, our homicide count will continue to grow. We're seeing the rise in it now."

http://www.knowgangs.com/gang_resources ... 04_012.htm

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Unread post by Burgundy » December 6th, 2005, 10:35 pm

so what happened with this? did some cops get merked or what?

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Unread post by A Ghost » December 6th, 2005, 11:05 pm

P0rk wrote:so what happened with this? did some cops get merked or what?
A cop got shot in Niagara Falls. He lived.

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Unread post by A Ghost » May 1st, 2006, 8:00 pm

Wait a second, was this moved?

I don't remember posting this in the LA section, why is it here?

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Unread post by A Ghost » August 22nd, 2006, 8:59 am

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Unread post by Common Sense » August 22nd, 2006, 11:30 am

These blood characters should quit while their ahead.

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Unread post by A Ghost » August 22nd, 2006, 4:14 pm

That article was from 2004, and I think what happened was they ended up getting pushed out by the original Buffalo gangs there, but because I don't live there I don't know. I've only heard things

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Unread post by Mcminister » August 24th, 2006, 8:01 pm

neva knew there was bloods in buffalo :? :?
this shit spread so much i wudnt be suprised if they bang in canada

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Unread post by A Ghost » August 25th, 2006, 10:48 am

Mcminister wrote:neva knew there was bloods in buffalo :? :?
this shit spread so much i wudnt be suprised if they bang in canada
There's Bloods in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, there's Bloods all over New York state, there's Bloods all over America, there's Bloods all over the world.


Crips too

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