CHICAGO (AP) — New law enforcement materials compiled by the Chicago Crime Commission say the embrace of social media by gangs to taunt rivals or conceal drug-dealing operations is the biggest change in how gangs operate compared with 10 years ago.
The materials provided in advance exclusively to The Associated Press before its release Tuesday in a Gang Book describe how Facebook, Twitter and other sites have radically altered gang culture in Chicago. They’ve had similar influence on gangs nationwide.READ MORE: CTA Orange, Green Line Service Partially Halted, Loop 'L' Trains Snagged After Man Jumps In Front Of Train At Roosevelt, Dies
Gang-conflict mediator Rodney Phillips says there’s nearly always a link now between gang violence and something posted online. Social media broadcasts gang taunts and insults to thousands in an instant and there’s immediate pressure to retaliate.READ MORE: 'You Will Die:' Jovan McPherson Charged With Shooting CPD Officer, Kidnapping Woman In Lincoln Park
Gang Books are used as a gang guides for regional police. That last was published in 2012.MORE NEWS: 2-Year-Old Chicago Lawn Girl Suffered Burns, Bruises Before She Died, Police Say
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