THE BRONX - Some of the dozens of suspected gang members rounded up by police in Morrisania pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
A total of 34 men and women have been hit with 80 charges, including conspiracy and attempted murder, for what investigators say is their involvement in two warring gangs in the area.
Detectives say they started looking into the gangs after the shooting death of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan, who was apparently caught in the gangs' crossfire back in 2012. From there, investigators say they followed Facebook posts and tapped phones that led them to the suspects.
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They say some of the phone calls were placed from inside Rikers Island, where some of the suspected gang members were serving time. Police say the crews operate around the Forest Houses, and go by the names "Forest Over Everything" and "Six Four Goons."
Many of the suspects have prior arrest records for crimes like gang assault, rape and weapons possession. All of the ones who came before the judge today pleaded not guilty.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton made an appearance in the borough following the takedown of the alleged street crew members.