The New Rochelle Police Department has put together a handy guide to the Gangs of New Rochelle. To request your very own copy of this lovely four-color, suitable-for-framing guide to the City’s gang population just call Mayor Bramson’s office at (914) 654-2150. For an extra discount when you call just say the words “There are no gangs in New Rochelle” and receive five dollars off the regular price. Hurry, order now while supplies last.
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Keeping all these gangs and sets straight can get a bit confusing so we have put together a Gang Scorecard so you know who are all the players are in Gangland New Rochelle.
The Bloods – The Bloods are a street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. The gang is widely known for its rivalry with the Crips. They are identified by the red color worn by their members and by particular gang symbols, including distinctive hand signs. The Bloods are made up of various sub-groups known as “sets” between which significant differences exist such as colors, clothing, and operations, and political ideas which may be in open conflict with each other. Since their creation, the Blood gangs have branched out throughout the United States including in Westchester County. New Rochelle Police have identified four Bloods sets operating in New Rochelle: Backwoods, Gangsta Killa Bloods, Hollow Point Thugs, Rolllin 20’s.
Crips – primarily, but not exclusively, African American gang founded in Los Angeles, California in 1971. What was once a single alliance between two autonomous gangs is now a loosely connected network of individual sets, often engaged in open warfare with one another. The Crips are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members. The gang is known to be involved in murders, robberies, and drug dealing, among many other criminal pursuits. The gang is known for its gang members’ use of the color blue in their clothing. However, this practice has waned due to police crackdowns on gang members. Crips are publicly known to have an intense and bitter rivalry with the Bloods and lesser feuds with some Chicano gangs. The Crips gangs have branched out throughout the United States including in Westchester County. New Rochelle Police have identified three Crips sets operating in New Rochelle: 80th Side, Southside, West End.
Sureños/Sur13 – a group of Mexican American street gangs with origins in the oldest barrios of Southern California. There are hundreds of Sureño gangs in California, and each has its own identity on the streets. Although they are based in Southern California, their influence has spread to many parts of the US and other countries as well.
La Raza – a group of Mexican American street gangs founded in 1972 in Chicago, IL. The LRZ gang colors are green, white, and red (same as the Mexican flag) symbols include Mexican flag, cross, and a six point star. Although, La Raza is affiliated with Folk Nation, La Raza went to war with many Folk Nation gangs such as Ambrose, Gangster Disciples, and other Folks. But the main rivals are local rivals like Party People, Latin Kings, Black Stones, and the Almighty Saints. La Raza’s activities have not been limited to the Chicago area they originated in. La Raza has branched out throughout the United States and been active in New York City and the surrounding area including in Westchester County. New Rochelle has the La Raza Gang and the Brown Raza Gang.
Not on the map but reported to be operating in New Rochelle:
Mara Salvatrucha/MS-13 – a criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has spread to Central America, other parts of the United States, and Canada. The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans. MS-13 has branched out throughout the United States and been active in Hempstead, Long Island.
Latin Kings – The Latin Kings are said to be the largest and most organized Hispanic street gang in the United States of America, which has its roots dating back to the 1940s in Chicago, IL. Readers will recall that an employee at City Hall was arrested for drug dealing and was reportedly a member of the Latin Kings out of Yonkers.