Crips, Bloods in the Web 'hood

Crips, Bloods in the Web 'hood: By Greg Brouwer. Are gang sites for real or for wannabes?

By Greg Brouwer

Published February 26, 1999 8:00PM (EST)

Detective Chuck Zeglin, a gang specialist who monitors the Internet for the Los Angeles Police Department, says there's no way to be sure people are who they say they are online: "On the Net, you can say whatever you want to say." He also contends that most street hoodlums are not computer literate, and as far as designing Web sites, "They're just not that organized."

Zeglin has taken one gang-related site seriously enough to conduct a full investigation: The owners of, which suggested rewards for people who kill police officers in creative ways, were eventually convinced to take the site down before any potential charges were pressed.

By Greg Brouwer

Greg Brouwer works as a researcher for the L.A. Weekly.