Police confirm Ã¢â?¬Å?BloodsÃ¢â?¬Â in town
How do you know when Charlottesville has jumped the shark? When the Bloods start recruiting gang members! Jeeze, what’s up with this? After weeks at hinting at the possibility that the famous Bloods were recruiting in Charlottesville, police have finally confirmed the fact.
"We feel confident in saying that some of the people [arrested] are members or affiliated with the Bloods," Capt. J.E. "Chip" Harding tells the Daily Progress. "What we hear is that there is an effort nationally to recruit in smaller towns and cities. This is the first time in our area that we know of that criminal acts have been committed by members of the Bloods organization."
So far, police have arrested six teenagers in connection with two gang-style beatings that took place near Fourth and Garrett streets. According to police, 12 to 15 teenage boys participated in the beatings, breaking the jaw of one victim and smashing in the teeth of another. As the Hook pointed out in Februrary, gangs are nothing new to Charlottesville, even putting their monikers on the new free speech wall. Then of course there is the ongoing trial of Louis Antonio Bryant, an alledged gang leader facing life imprisonment if convicted. But the arrival of a national street gang is new.
"We've had gangs here for a number of years, guys who grew up in neighborhoods who band together to sell crack cocaine," Harding said. "This, however, is the first instance we are aware of where a national street gang has been involved in street crime."