Police roundup of gang members

Sentencing of NY Gang Members Unlikely to Be Last Chapter in Harlem

NEW YORK — Residents of the Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in west Harlem have been subjected to a deadly gang rivalry spanning generations. This past June, the New York Police Department unleashed a squad of more than 500 police officers to raid the housing complexes and make arrests.

Six months later, the alleged gang members – ages 15 to 30 – wait to receive their sentences Wednesday. The NYPD maintains that arresting more than 100 potentially violent criminals in one fell swoop was a triumph.

Family, friends and neighbors wonder if this is simply a stopgap solution.


Basketball Tournament Honors Slain Harlem Teen Tayshana ‘Chicken’ Murphy

The Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation hosted the 2014 Ball N Peace Citywide Showcase at Lindsay Park on Sunday, attracting more than 200 inner-city children to compete on the same courts where Murphy once learned the game of basketball. Taylonn Murphy, Tayshana's father, founded the annual tournament in 2012 to honor his slain daughter and “all children who have lost their lives due to gun violence.”

"This is where it all started for Tayshana. It's only right we start the Ball N Peace showcase here, too."

Young girls sit together at the "Children's Day of Peace" event at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway.

A Celebration of Peace in a Community Touched By Gun Violence

At a children’s summer party last Saturday afternoon at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, Penny Wrencher made an introduction between two friends. “This is Nene,” Wrencher said to Taylonn Murphy, “She lost her daughter, too.”

Daryl Khan Interview PIX11

Watch NYC Channel 11’s Interview with Daryl Khan

After Reporter Daryl Khan's reporting and subsequent radio interview about the largest raid in NYCPD's history, officials have come forward to formulate and discuss plans for law enforcement in the wake of the arrests.

The killing of Tayshana Murphy on September 11, 2011 sparked a feud  between The Manhattanville Houses and the Grant Houses in West Harlem leaving stretch of a street along Old Broadway a virtual war zone.

Discord Among Parents in Wake of Harlem Raid

NEW YORK — The residents of the Manhattanville and Grant Houses in West Harlem have a new touchstone, a specific moment to organize their collective memory, a way to divide their lives. Just a month after the New York Police Department conducted the largest raid in the city’s history, the residents who experienced it have a way to refer to their lives in clear “before and after” terms, like old historical abbreviations B.C. and A.D.

In the Manhattanville and Grant Houses there was life before The Raid and life after The Raid. Life has gone on, but it has changed, residents and activists say.

Police roundup of gang members

Manhattan DA Defends Harlem Raids

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance today defended the police action that resulted in mass arrests last week at two housing projects in Harlem.

Members of the NYPD raid the Manhattanville Houses and the Grant Houses in West Harlem early on the morning of June 4, 2014. A total of 40 suspects were arrested as part of a massive 145-count indictment of 103 people in a range of crimes, including murder, 19 shootings, gang assaults, beatings and conspiracy. Police apprehend a suspect outside the Grant Houses.

Photos: West Harlem Gang Raid

At 6 a.m. on Wednesday June 4, hundreds of police officers in flak jackets swept through both the Manhattanville and Grant Houses in West Harlem in the largest gang raid in the city's history.