posted on May, 26 2004 @ 08:55 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Rival street gangs the Crips and Bloods have agreed to a truce in Newark, New Jersey, aimed at stemming the violence that has
plagued the city and gone too far for even the gang members, officials said Tuesday.
The peace agreement, reached over the weekend, involved 150 members from several gang factions and laid out a 10-point plan including an immediate
The plan also asks gang members to refrain from using gang hand signals, graffiti or other symbols to incite the killing of rivals.
Under the truce, gang members also vowed to designate places like schools, churches and parks as neutral zones and to avoid encroaching on each
other's territory without notice.
The Crips and Bloods originated in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Crips often wear blue and Bloods red.
Members, who range in age from 13 to 40, often deal in drugs such as coc aine, heroin and marijuana and their rivalry has spawned years of
bloodshed for both sides.
While local police declined to estimate gang membership, an FBI Web site estimates each gang has about 10,000 members nationwide.
An aide to Baraka said talks to draw up the peace deal began two months ago when gang members saw the movie "Redemption."
The film is about the life of Crips co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who now speaks out against violence from his cell on California's death
"These young men were tired of committing violent acts and being blamed for ones they didn't do," said David Muhammad, an aid to Baraka.
When I read this I thought maybe it was a plot for a movie or something. I really hope that this lasts. This is definitley one headline that I
thought that I would never read in my life time.