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East Coast Blood Hand Signs

December 28, 2011

Gang members use hand signs to communicate with each other and to challenge rival members or law enforcement officers in what they call "throwing signs." After forming in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the Bloods street gang spread to the East Coast and formed "sets." These sets include the Piru Bloods, Fruit Town Brims, and South Side Brims (in western Maryland). The hand signs in this gallery were recovered during a multi-agency investigation earlier this year. Photos courtesy of Det. Rich Keys of the Maryland State Police.

Latin King's Gang Signs

September 15, 2010
A Latin King member identifying himself as "King Chucho" of Yonkers, New York, displays a series of gang hand signs referencing the gang's crown iconography and known as "stacking crowns." The Latin Kings are a People Nation, as opposed to Folk Nation, gang that identifies with a three- or five-point crown. Its members often wear black and gold/yellow colors.

Incriminating Signs of the Rat Packs

February 1, 1996

When citizens hear the word "gang," they usually conjure up stereotypical images of Hispanic, Asian, black or white thugs roaming inner-city streets. But most cops working the gang detail understand that looks can be deceiving.

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