The website for The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office reported on Tuesday that 32 members of rival gangs WOOO and CHOO will be charged with indictments of “conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess weapons, and other related charges including murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and weapons possession.” The feuding factions are accused of terrorizing “parts of Brownsville for too long.”
It is believed that the WOOO’s policy to “shoot on sight” has been illustrated by at least one significant event within the past two years. In one similar situation, a toddler leaving a local daycare center was struck by a bullet in the shoulder. This is after the shooter had allegedly “shot directly in the direction of a man who was putting a young child into his car).” Many of the incidents were allegedly videotaped by surveillance cameras.
Beyond the alleged video evidence, it is also believed that the two gangs made social media posts and music videos detailing their alleged crimes. While it is not yet clear what if any role social media might play in the case, the use of rap lyrics in criminal proceedings remains controversial. Though California recently made the practice illegal, rap lyrics can still be used as evidence of criminality in New York courts.
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