Bloods in Charlottesville

Gangland: not actually an amusement park. (I’m not making that mistake again; sorry, kids.) Also not a word used in Charlottesville newspapers until a few weeks ago, when there was a “gangland-style beating of two teenage boys,” to quote from the Daily Progress. Now the police’s Capt. Chip Harding says that two of the six kids arrested in the attack were not just wannabes, but actual members of the Bloods, John Yellig and Bryan McKenzie write in today’s Progress. As gang activity has spread south from D.C., police around the state have become increasingly vigilant about violent groups like the Crips, the Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha. Gangs are nothing new to Charlottesville, but particularly violent gangs or gangs with ties outside of town certainly are.

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