Bronx rapper D Thang GZ is widely credited with being one of the founding fathers of Drill Rap in New York, The Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell recently handed up a 65-count indictment. It named nearly three dozen accused associates of the River Park Towers (RPT) gang from the housing community in the Highbridge district of the Bronx. D Thang GZ was also named in there.
According to ABC 7, Members of the gang have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a firearm. Three indictments were filed against the organization. One of those charged seven members with attempted murder and other charges for an incident on August 17, 2020.
The accused are accused of shooting 11 times into a building vestibule area in the summer of 2020, missing their target by a hair. Another incident occurred at the Rikers Island correctional facility. On April 25th, 2021, RPT members assaulted a Crip in the jail. A misdemeanor charge of animal abuse was also filed.
The accused RPT members allegedly live-streamed a pigeon, comparing it to a Crip, and demonstrated what they would do if one wandered into their neighborhood alone. “If we get 100, we’ll kill it,” said one of the members, who is now a defendant in the case.
They then used a cane to beat the bird to death in the stream. The gang members were also rappers, according to the study, and utilized social media and their music videos to intimidate and insult their opponents. AllHipHop reported D.A. Clark’s statement.
These defendants allegedly engaged in gun violence, committing six shootings, one of which injured a rival gang member. They allegedly fired wildly on the streets without regard for the lives of anyone else. They allegedly possessed a gun used in shootings that they posed with on social media and rapped about the violence. I thank the NYPD for their partnership in this investigation. We are doing all we can to battle the gun scourge, but more must be done to deviate young people from a life of gangs and senseless violence.
They flaunted guns in their music videos and boasted about the violence they’d inflicted on the streets. As a response, the D.A. intends to hold a summit to provide a safe environment for young people to express their needs and for others to pour into them.
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