Members of various New York City-based gangs now have social media to thank for the arrests of well over 60 of its members. HipHopWired.com reports that authorities were led to the gang members thanks to various posts made on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks.
Among the incriminating posts was a Facebook update from one gang member that quoted this particular lyric from Rick Ross, "God forgives I don't….somebody gotta' die."
While speaking on the numerous arrests, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke on the power of social media in tackling crime in the city.
"Social media remains a double-edged sword in our crime fighting strategies," said the commissioner. "It is used by crew members to brag about past crimes, taunt rivals, and incite violence. On the other hand, we use social media to document past crimes and intercept new ones being talked about openly by crew members on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.”
Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was also quoted by one of the now-incarcerated gang members who added his own twist to a lyric from Mill’s “Tupac Back.”
“I'm 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116th is the New Iraq," read the incriminating post.
The gangs targeted by authorities included Air It Out, True Money, Whoaday, and the True Money Bosses. Those arrested are accused of everything from drug trafficking to murder.