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Ex-NBA star Stephen Jackson says he "checks in" with gang members everywhere he goes after the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles.

Jackson made headlines in June when he visited Chicago's infamous O-block to show his respects to the late drill rapper King Von.

The 44-year-old played basketball in a parking lot while wearing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
 


 
According to TPS, fans expressed concern for the NBA champ when he said he "checks in" with gang members.

"I check in everywhere I go," Jackson said in a social media post on Wednesday.

"Everywhere I go I call somebody from the place I'm going that I know and check in. I wanna come home to my family and I love my life. I'm checking in with my people out of respect."

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He continued:

"It's nothing wrong with showing respect when you in somebody's city or state. I always check in 'cause I know real ones everywhere. I care about my life and I'm coming home to my kids and my family. Bet that."

Black Twitter dragged Jackson for saying he checks in with gang members everywhere he goes.

One Twitter user wrote:

"I'm sorry but how would people even know Stephen Jackson in they city unless he tell them."

Another person wrote:

"This is why WE are our worse enemy. Stephen Jackson said those same sentiments about "checking in" with Gang Members or whoever in cities "out of respect" what the hell kind of mediocre nonsense is that? Successful Black people cant travel without fear of harm being done= STUPID [sic]."

A third person wrote:

"Stephen Jackson always finds a way to make himself look more and more like a cornball every day."

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Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis announced 26 RICO indictments against gang members who targeted the homes of Atlanta's rich and famous.

Willis held a press conference in Atlanta on Monday, Aug. 29, to announce the arrests of 18 members of the Drug Rixh gang that operated primarily out of DeKalb County, Georgia. She said some gang members are still at large.

The indictments cover 16 major crimes in the Fulton County area, a suburb in Metro Atlanta. The crimes include violent home invasions, shootings, and a kidnapping in affluent Sandy Springs, Ga.
 
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Gang members targeted the homes of celebrities and pro athletes, including pop singer Mariah Carey; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley; Atlanta United goalie Brad Guzan; reality TV star Marlo Hampton, and Instagram model Brittni Mealy, who has a child with rapper Future Hendrix.

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Willis described the Drug Rixh gang as a "hybrid gang" that includes members of the Gangster Disciples, the Crips and the Bloods. She said the gang uses "identifiers" like prescription bottles and money symbols that link the hybrid gangs together.

Willis advised Atlanta's high society to stop flaunting their wealth on social media for clicks and views. The D.A. said gang members are monitoring social media pages for easy targets.

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Willis said victim Marlo Hampton gave a guided tour of her Sandy Springs townhouse to the news media. While cameras rolled, she showed where her valuables were kept in a master bedroom closet.

"She then becomes a victim," said Willis. "That's not wise to do... You should be able to show, you've worked hard, you've had some success. People are interested in you. You should be able to show that. But it's not a wise thing to do."

Willis says more RICO indictments will be handed down by the end of the year when she hopes to disband the grand jury.

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A teenager who killed a woman during a "gang-related lover's quarrel" will spend the rest of her life in prison.

A Lawrenceville, Georgia judge handed down a 140-year prison sentence to 17-year-old Damia Mitchell on Monday, June 20.

Mitchell was tried as an adult and convicted of killing 20-year-old Faith Burns in a Dacula, Ga. subdivision on Valentine's Day 2021.

Police say Mitchell, of Snellville, fired 19 gunshots at the home because she was upset with her ex-girlfriend who was inside the home.

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Investigators say Burns (pictured) and Mitchell knew each other. Burns was dating Mitchell's ex-girlfriend.

Police eventually arrested four other teenage girls who showed up with Mitchell to fight her ex.

Prosecutors called the shooting "a gang-related lover's quarrel" and that the girls were members of a violent street gang.

Court documents obtained by 11 Alive News state Mitchell was associated with the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods, an Atlanta faction of the notorious Bloods street gang based in Los Angeles.

Mitchell had sent text messages to her ex warning her that she planned to shoot up her house and assault her.

A jury convicted Mitchell of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault and eight counts of street gang terrorism.

Mitchell's family called the prison sentence excessive and said it deprived her of growing up and having her own children one day.

"I just know something needs to be done. What they did in court wasn't right," Vanissa Jackson, Mitchell's mother, said. "She is not the shooter. She didn't do this."

"These gang charges, those were just trumped up charges, false charges they put on my child," Jackson, said. "She's not affiliated with gang members. She's not in a gang."

Mitchell's aunt, Lena Hall, said the 140-year sentence would rob the child of her adulthood.

"No record, a child. She won't even get the opportunity to live her life, have her own kids," Hall told Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas.

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Kennedy Collins and Jocelyn Spencer, both 17, were arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault charges earlier this year. Thomas reports the girls reached plea deals with the prosecutor's office on Tuesday, June 21.

Janae Washington and Diamond Giminez also agreed to plea deals. Spencer, Collins and Giminez all received four years in prison. While Washington was sentenced to 2 years.

Mitchell's family say she is happy her friends received lighter sentences.

"They got the same charges. She is happy for them," Mitchell's mother said. "They made an example out of my baby."

"Basically they're saying you'll never see daylight ever again in your life," Jackson said. "They want my baby to die in jail for something that’s false and bogus."

"It's excessive sentencing, improper handling of evidence," Mitchell's father Kevin Mitchell said. "How can we trust the system if they roll like this?"

But Burns' father said he feels like he was handed a worse sentence than Mitchell.

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"One thing I would say is that I'm upset with the sentence that I got," Allen Burns told Tony Thomas. "I got sentenced to life without my daughter. Everybody called her my twin. Looked just like me," said Allen, pictured right with daughter Faith Burns at her graduation.

"She's never coming back. I lost my daughter," Allen Burns said. "They might get a chance to see and talk to their children, but we will never get that opportunity."

A GoFundMe account raised over $22,000 for Burns' funeral expenses.

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Stephen Jackson has something to say to drill rappers who celebrate online when their opps are killed by gun violence.

Jackson, a former NBA star, reacted after viewing a video of Lil Durk dissing drill legend FBG Cash who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Friday morning.

"Boy, this new generation kill me dawg," said Jackson, before adding, "Y'all was raised by some busters."

Jackson called out Durk and his gang brethren who celebrate their dead opps in social media posts and videos.
 
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"The sh*t y'all do today on Instagram... to go viral... is weak. And it says a lot about your character," Jackson said.

"Y'all ain't nothing but some suckers. All this talking about dead people online after they die, and all this stuff, man y'all suckers. Y'all ain't real, y'all call yourself gangstas, but the gangstas I know ain't nothing like y'all. Y'all a new breed of punks. Yeah, I said it..."

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FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was killed after he apparently accepted a challenge by Durk to take a photo in front of King Von's mural on Chicago's infamous O Block.

FBG Cash discussed his beef with Lil Durk in a recent interview on the "No Jumper" podcast.

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FBG Cash said Durk sent him a text challenging him to take the infamous photo in front of King Von's mural.

"Go over there and do that and see what happen to you," FBG Cash quoted the text message from Durk as saying.

In the "No Jumper" interview, Cash said he didn't regret taking the photo and posting it on social media. "It was risky, but, like, it's the play I made... I posted it," Cash said.

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Chicago gang members "violated" a 2-year-old boy by tossing him in a garbage can because his father is a rival gang member.

Viral video footage shows gang members chasing the boy's father who is pushing his son in a stroller. When the gang bangers couldn't catch up to dad, they tossed the screaming child into a trash can.

Then the gang members, who call themselves "demons," snapped a photo of the crying toddler and posted the image on social media.

They captioned the post, "Caught the opps son I had to violate."

According to multiple reports, Chicago demons are going after the youngest and most vulnerable Chicago residents if they have beef with their fathers.

"Media Take Out learned that one Chi-Raq gang member recently posted video of himself 'violating' the 2 year old son of his opps. The social media reports claim that the gang member 'caught the 2 year old boy slipping.'

Because the gang member couldn't get the boy's father, he decided to 'violate' the toddler, by throwing him into a garbage can. And the gang member wanted everyone to know how much of a 'demon' that he is... so he posted an image of the crime on his social media page."

Media Takeout reached out to the Chicago police for comment on the IG post. But they refused to comment on the incident.

The video can be viewed here.

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DJ Will has apologized for shouting out Nicki Minaj while Cardi B and Offset were in the club.

The DJ upset Cardi B by shouting out Nicki Minaj at a New York City nightclub on Wednesday, May 11.

Cardi grabbed the microphone to address the DJ, who quickly played Cardi's single "WAP."

"Who's in the building tonight? 'Cause we want all the f------ smoke, ya heard?" said Cardi. Then she issued a subtle warning to the DJ.

"We getting dangerous tonight? We getting dangerous tonight? DJ are we getting f------ dangerous tonight? Big Brim in the building, Big Brim in the building, Big Brim in the building. F--- outta here!"

"Big Brim" is a reference to the 59 Brims street gang in NYC. 59 Brims are affiliated with the national Bloods street gang.

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Cardi later said she was "set up" by the DJ, who took the high road and apologized on Thursday.

"I'm reading so many stories and narratives about things that happened and didn't happen and I just want to clear the air," he said in a statement.

"I never meant any disrespect to Cardi B, Offset, their family, friends, or fans in any way, shape, or form. It was an honest mistake and I feel horrible about it.

"I accept my responsibility for what happened and send my heartfelt apologies to Cardi B and Offset. I meant no malice, it was definitely no set up, I was simply there to rock the party, which is what I do."

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A Chicago woman was attacked after she leaked video of the moment O-Block ARoy was shot and killed by a man he assaulted.

The Facebook Live video, filmed from an apartment window in O-Block, shows a man cowering on the ground as ARoy punched him repeatedly. When ARoy walked away, the man stood up, drew a weapon and shot the OG gangster multiple times before fleeing on foot. ARoy, real name James Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

The video of his murder went viral on Monday. A second video showed an angry crowd attacking the woman who leaked the video.
 

O-Block, also known as Parkway Gardens, is an infamous housing project on the 6400 block of South King Drive in Chicago. It was named after Gangster Disciples member Odee Perry, 20, who was shot and killed by Tooka gang member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes when she was only 13.

Parkway Gardens was once home to numerous drill rappers, including Chief Keef and King Von (deceased).

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Two teenage boys have been charged with the shooting death of a 16-year-old Bronx boy sitting in the back seat of a livery taxi cab last weekend.

Ramon Gil-Medrano, aka Rah Gzz, was shot multiple times in the head and upper torso as he sat in the back of a cab. The shooting occurred on East 178th Street And Valentine Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.

Police arrested Mekhi Williams, 19, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy. Williams, who is believed to be a member of the Thirdside Gang, was picked up about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

The 15-year-old was arrested at his home in Queens about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The NYPD released video of the shooting on Sunday. The video shows two people ride up on a scooter and open fire through the rear passenger window, striking the teenager. The cab driver was not hurt in the shooting.

The family learned about Gil-Medrano's murder from a friend who was on the phone with him when he was killed.

Gil-Medrano's mother told the NY Daily News her son was on his way to a friend's place to record music when he was killed.

Police say Gil-Medrano was a member of the street gang 800 YGz (Young Gunnerz), and his murder was in retaliation for the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot hours earlier.

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Elliot was standing outside Angels Cafe in Belmont just after 3:15 p.m. when a shooter stepped out of a car and opened fire.

Cell phone video shot hours later shows Gil-Medrano's gang affiliates destroying Elliot's memorial. Gil-Medrano is seen taunting Elliot's gang affiliates, telling them to "pop out right now" and "come up here... Where you at?" (See video below)

Gil-Medrano and Elliot are among three teenagers shot in 5 days in what police are calling a "major gang war" in the Bronx.
 

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Federal agents arrested NBA Youngboy's older brother OG 3Three (left) who was hiding under a house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A video circulating online shows officers with a K9 service dog dragging OG 3Three out from under the house where he was hiding.

OG's brother, NBA Youngboy is in federal custody, being held without bail for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. A judge recently denied Youngboy's second request for bail.

It is unclear if his brother was arrested on the same charges.

NBA OG 3Three's attorney allege that the rapper is being targeted by police and that his arrest came as a sting operation that police called "Never Free Again."

Both OG 3Three, 23, and NBA Youngboy, 21, are affiliated with a street gang.

NBA Youngboy, real name Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, has six sons and two daughters to support while he sits in jail awaiting trial.

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A 6-year-old Chicago boy wanted rapper King Von to host his birthday bash. But he's dead, so the boy's mom did the next best thing.

She mounted a life-size picture of the rapper on a cardboard stand up. Then she dressed the birthday boy just like his idol in a white tee and black shorts with a faux diamond pendant.

The boy's birthday cake featured a similar photo of the late rapper wearing a white Furberry t-shirt and black pants.

King Von was gunned down during a fistfight outside an Atlanta lounge last year.

The little boy, named Daundrea, is seen flashing a gang sign in a photo next to Von's cardboard standup -- just like his idol.

The Internet comments were brutal.

One Reddit.com user wrote: "Rest In Peace Von but damn hope that kid don't go towards that life."

Another user wrote: "this is honestly some of the dumbest sh-t I've seen in a long time he shouldn't even know who von is."

And a third wrote, "This is lack of having a dad."

Question: Would you let your 6-year-old listen to drill/trap music?

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Rapper Quando Rondo and King Von's alleged killer Lul Timm (right) celebrated after Timm was released from an Atlanta jail over the weekend.

Lul Timm, real name Timothy Leeks, is accused of gunning down Chicago rapper King Von outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge in downtown Atlanta in November.

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King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, was involved in a fistfight with Rondo at the time of the shooting. Von died hours later during surgery at an Atlanta hospital. He was 26.

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Timm was released from jail after Rondo (pictured in 2019) allegedly paid his $100,000 bond. Timm shared an Instagram photo of himself wearing all black on Saturday.

Timm captioned the image: "I got bruddas that didn’t come from my mother but we locced in 4L [sic]."
 

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Rondo was not charged in Von's murder, but his life is in constant danger. Rumor has it that rapper Lil Durk (pictured left with Von) put a $5 million bounty on Rondo's head.

A King Von fan wrote this comment on Timm's IG page: "You are a living dead... When you go out of jail just remember this. F*** your life pu**y. You are next."

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After months of blaming white cops for killing Black men with impunity, rapper Tip "T.I." Harris agrees that rappers are more likely to be killed by other rappers.

Aspiring New York rapper Fivio Foreign tweeted about the rash of shootings that has taken the lives of several underground rappers including King Von, Mo3 and Dr. Rose, who were all shot to death in a 2 week span.

"Rappers are da most targeted people on planet earth. Target by police, by otha Rappers, by Media, By civilians & everybody else dat feel like we shouldnt have all da things we have!" Fivio tweeted.

T.I. shared the post on Instagram, and captioned it with the emojis for "No cap," meaning no lies.

Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz, 38, nearly lost his life when he was shot after attending a vigil for his artist Mo3, rap name Melvin Noble, 28, who was killed on a Dallas freeway on Nov. 11.

In a recent interview, Boosie shared his opinion that rapping is dangerous work.

"We got the [most] dangerous job as rappers. Nobody has a more dangerous job."

Boosie is scheduled to undergo surgery to amputate one of his feet after suffering a gunshot wound to the lower leg.
 

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Rapper Meek Mill (right) is speaking out about the escalating gang war on Atlanta's streets between factions led by rappers Quando Rondo and Lil Durk (pictured left).

Chicago rapper King Von, 26, was fatally shot by Rondo's crew member Timothy Leeks, 22, during a fistfight between Von and Rondo in Atlanta on Nov. 6.

Word on the street is Lil Durk's crew is gunning for Rondo, 21, who they believe is personally responsible for Von's death.

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Durk, 28, reportedly bought every table at a nightclub where Rondo (pictured) was scheduled to perform this week. The club promoter canceled the show.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Meek, who is friends with Lil Durk, urged other rappers to "pick a side" rather than commenting on Von's death.

Meek tweeted: "Pretty soon everybody gone have to pick a side .... too much real sh*t going on too be cool wit everybody! [sic]"

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Meek's message likely means more blood will be shed on Atlanta's pristine streets.

Hopefully, the mayor's office is monitoring the situation on social media before innocent lives are lost in Atlanta, which is now dubbed Chiraq South.
 

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Rapper Jim Jones was exposed by incarcerated gang banger Tekashi69 as a card-carrying member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang.

Tekashi69, also known as 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, sang like a canary in heat on the witness stand during his first day of questioning on Thursday.

The 23-year-old rapper testified as a government witness against several members of the Bloods in his ongoing racketeering case.

On Thursday, Teskashi confirmed that Jones was in the gang's back pocket. Later, under cross-examination, Tekashi also confirmed Bronx rapper Cardi B is a member of the notorious Bloods street gang.

It is a well-known fact that Cardi reps the Bloods. She often brags about her gang affiliation in rap lyrics.

"You joined the Bloods to advance your music year?" attorney Alex Huot asked Tekashi.

"Yes," Tekashi replied.

"You knew Cardi B was a Blood?" Huot asked.

"Correct," Tekashi said.

"You knew Cardi B made music videos with Bloods in the background?" the attorney asked.

"Correct. I didn't pay attention," Tekashi said.

Jones, who is a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods, was caught on a wiretapped phone call telling a godfather of the Nine Trey Bloods he'd "best get to violating" Tekashi 6ix9ine for splitting from the gang.

In a taped phone call dated Nov. 17, Jones and Jamel "Mel Murda" Jones (no relation) discussed Tekashi's comments denouncing the Bloods during a radio interview on Power 105. The men agreed that Tekashi had humiliated high-ranking Bloods member Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, who was the Brooklyn rapper's manager.

Mel Murda is heard telling Jones that Tekashi should be "super violated. Super duper."

Jim Jones responded, "Tell that n — - a he's not a gang member no more. He kicked out the whip. He was never a gang member ... He was always a money ploy for the gang members."

He added, "They gonna have to violate shorty 'cause shorty on some bull***t. He better get to get to violating."

"Violated" is street slang for murdering or torturing a gang rival.

Tekashi and Jordan were both arrested along with other gang members in a federal racketeering sting operation last year.

Tekashi is being held without bond in a federal detention facility awaiting trial.
 

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