Feds Bust Detroit Gang After Members Post Criminal Activity Details on Social Media


*If you’re active on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — you probably have a friend who overshares. You know the one I’m talking about. I have one friend whom I routinely block on Facebook because I have a hard time keeping up, let alone maintaining interest in the minutia of his life. Hell, I can barely keep up with and deal with the minutia of mine.

ANYWAY, you know the posts. Gratuitous bragging, etc. — or detailing every single bit of the person’s day. I’ve been guilty of it myself, but most often use a little discretion before posting. Over the years, I’ve realized that no one really cares about the restaurant I’m at, unless I’ve invited them to join me.  Truth!  

And if I were a member of a criminal gang — and admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch for me to get my mind to THAT place — you may trust and believe I’d be careful about what I’d post.

Not so with the Band Crew.

Authorities say they formed their gang at a Burger King in Detroit, owned machine guns, sold drugs, robbed kids on their way home from school and attempted murder.

Now, if all of that is true, that’s a criminal gang if I ever heard of one. What it’s not is a group of rogue scholars. They bragged about all of that on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and the feds were watching.

In a recently unsealed 28-page indictment, the federal government details Band Crew’s activities. The gang was formed in November 2011 and was comprised of members of smaller gangs, including Young N Crispy, Constantly Making Hundreds (formerly known as Cash Money Hoes), and FOE Life (which stands for Family Over Everything Love Is Forever).  (To make that last “acronym” work, that would be “For…Ever.)

Sometimes, this shit writes itself.

According to authorities, the gang terrorized northwest Detroit for years before they arrested key gang members whose street nicknames included Bam, Gwopp, and Trick.

Here’s a trick: don’t post details of everything you do — on social media.


As Oprah likes to say, tweet tweet!!!

For years, the indictment reads, witnesses and victims didn’t go to authorities because gang members regularly intimidated them to hush them up.

Following an electronic trail of evidence of social networking sites, records show, the authorities caught up with, arrested, and charged eight of the gang’s leaders. All of the defendants are in custody.

The charges are the result of the Detroit One Initiative, a collaboration between law enforcement and the Detroit community to reduce violent crime, according to the U. S. Attorneys Office.

Now THAT’S worth tweeting about!

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