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N.Y. Bloods Wear Colors To Court To Intimidate Witnesses

November 29, 2010  | 

Each day, a dozen or more young men stroll into Queens Supreme Court sporting the Cincinnati Reds' signature red-and-black cap.

The fashion trend doesn't mean the borough has stopped rooting for the Mets in favor of this year's National League Central champions.

Veteran prosecutors say members of the Bloods — the largest and most dangerous gang in Queens — have worked the red "C" into their wardrobe in a direct slap at blue-themed rivals the Crips.

Queens' top gang prosecutor complains the brazen thugs wear the cap to intimidate witnesses or show solidarity with brother gangsters.

"They should not be coming into this courthouse wearing their colors," says Mariela Palomino Herring, the chief of the Queens district attorney's gang violence bureau. "This is our territory, not theirs."

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9878 @ 11/29/2010 6:38 PM

They are allowed to wear baseball caps in a court room? Amazing!

lillyofsisk @ 11/30/2010 7:20 AM

My thought exactly. Why are they allowed to keep their caps on in the court room. Remove the caps or leave should be the rule. Allowing them to keep the caps on is disrespectful. Or is the court system in New York scared of these thugs?

lillyofsisk @ 11/30/2010 7:25 AM

Ok I read the full story and it had this statement... "And because hats must be removed in courtrooms, some gang members are using subtler messages - like red shoelaces or a rolled-up pant leg, prosecutors said." Guess that is harder to control. Gone are the days when people dressed respectfully for court.

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