The Denver Post reported today that the father of a 4-year-old boy pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Tuesday, after a heated argument with his ex-girlfriend during which he knocked displays over in the store where she works. The two were apparently fighting over which gang their baby should join.
According to Sgt. Joe Sandoval, the mother is a "Crip" and the father is a "Westside Baller," and while that once was probably a forbidden romance akin to "Romeo & Juliet" it has since degenerated into an ongoing domestic dispute about the child’s upbringing. "They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised," said Sandoval. "Basically, she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would ‘claim.’" It seems like you have to start the application process earlier every year now if you want to get your baby into the right gang.
Actually, this makes me realize how lucky I was that in my part of town, these kinds of disputes were pretty much limited to the occasional rumble between the Lutherans and the Presbyterians.
Link: Denver Post