Baltimore, MD -- The Crips, Bloods, BGF and other major gangs reportedly called a truce during yesterday's Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore. They did not make threats of violence, they were not indicated as participants in acts of violence or vandalism during the protests.
However, their promise to no longer be divided, was such a threat to the establishment that within 12 hours there were stories on the home page of every mainstream media publication talking about how the gangs were going to join up with the specific intention of killing cops and burning down the city.
Each of the mainstream sources had basically republished a press release that was put out by the Baltimore City Police Department, citing that there was a "credible threat" that gang members were planning to carry out attacks on police. There was no evidence to back this claim up, but the very fact that rival gangs were calling a truce in the streets was enough to drive the establishment into panic mode.
This should tell you something. The establishment wants people divided, and they fear other armed and organized groups providing their own communities with defense, effectively challenging the state's monopoly on violence.
One thing that is often forgotten is that many of today's street gangs have roots in activist groups that sought to provide protection for communities that were being ignored or oppressed by police. These groups became less organized over the years, lost their way and turned to corruption. However, this truce could be a positive sign that these groups are returning to their roots and becoming more concerned with protecting their communities.
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In an interview late Monday night, Crips, Bloods and members of the BGF had the opportunity to set the record straight with Deborah Weiner of WBAL-TV News. Weiner was the only mainstream reporter who cared to explore the other side of the story.
In the interview, gang members displayed immense intelligence and understanding for the situation. They stated that they called a truce to protect their communities from violence and looting, and to protect their community from anyone who should put it in danger. They were reportedly attacked by police when they were attempting to defend properties throughout the city from rioters.
The gang members announced that they were forming a "new faction" which will be concerned with protecting the community, and stopping the senseless violence that is carried out by both private and public individuals.
In another video published by The Baltimore Sun, rival gang members were shown meeting in churches speaking of peace and justice. One gang member told reporters that "They don't want to see us call a truce because they want us out there killing each other."