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Thursday
Apr042013

Violent New York Gangs Taken Down with Help of Social Media

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Three rival gangs, some of New York's most violent, have been taken down at once. Authorities say they were able to do it because of social media.

Sixty-three alleged members of the Air It Out, True Money and Whoadey gangs have been accused of carrying out a "campaign of violence dating back to at least 2009," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

The gangs have been tied to three murders, nearly three dozen shootings and gun trafficking.

Police hardly needed wiretaps, cooperating witnesses, or other tools of the law enforcement trade because gang members bragged about their crimes on social media.

They "talked openly," police said, "on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube."

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