Several New York police officers dressed in full body armor raided two Harlem housing projects Wednesday morning in a massive sting aimed at breaking down a deadly gang feud that led to the 2011 killing of an 18-year-old basketball star. Tayshana Murphy was killed as a result of gang violence.
The coordinated action took place around 6 a.m. when police from gang divisions across the city simultaneously stormed several apartments throughout the Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville houses.
More than 100 people were arrested and charged with conspiracy stemming from gang violence in the area.
Police plucked two young men from 1420 Amsterdam Ave. and two men from 1430 Amsterdam Ave. in the Manhattanville houses as Police Commissioner Bratton looked on. “We ain’t no f–king gang. I ain’t in no f–king gang,” a man identified by his mother as Isaac Waterman, 20, said as police walked him in cuffs to a waiting police van. “Y’all just f–king up my life,” he added.
The sting centers on an ongoing feud between crews based in both houses, which sit just blocks apart on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 125 St. It is the product of a joint Manhattan District Attorney and NYPD gang unit investigation. Those arrested face charges including conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder and other serious charges involving two killings and 20 additional shootings, sources told the Daily News.
The operation is one of the largest in history. Police plan to announce how many gang members were arrested later Wednesday.
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