Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced a 65-count indictment on Tuesday related to multiple shootings in and around the River Park Towers complex in the Highbridge neighborhood. from the Bronx.
Another indictment charges seven of the defendants with attempted murder and other charges for an incident on August 17, 2020, in which they allegedly fired approximately 11 shots into the vestibule of an apartment building and narrowly missed the head of one of the targets.
A third indictment relates to an incident at a Rikers Island prison on April 25, 2021, when members of the RPT organization and their allies allegedly committed a gang assault on a Crips member.
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They are also charged with an animal cruelty charge after authorities said they live-streamed a pigeon that flew into the area and compared the bird to a Crip that roamed their neighborhood.
“If we get 100, we’ll kill him,” a defendant said live.
Authorities say they hit that number and beat the pigeon to death with a cane on Facebook Live.
According to the investigation, at the time of the shooting, members bragged about their acts of violence and easy access to firearms in their music videos while taunting opposition members.
They also allegedly used various social media platforms to recruit and win followers and not only taunt rival groups and display guns on social media but also did shocking acts on social media to get opinions.
“These defendants allegedly engaged in gun violence, committing six shots, including one that injured a member of a rival gang,” Clark said. “They allegedly fired wildly in the streets with no regard for anyone else’s life. They allegedly owned a firearm used in shootings with which they posed on social media and rapped about the violence. I thanks the NYPD for partnering in this investigation. We are doing all we can to fight the scourge of guns, but more needs to be done to steer young people away from a life of gangs and senseless violence. Bronx rappers to stop using music to encourage shootings and use it to improve the I ask to have a summit with aspiring rappers and rap stars who come from the Bronx, record labels, radio stations and social media so that we can find solutions to prevent further violence.
The accused were identified as:
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