It doesn’t happen all the time, but recently a few people using hand signs have been mistaken for gangbangers, even the deaf and hearing impaired are not exempt. A basic guide for the rest of us to some of the better-known gang signs — so we can avoid them.
In a case that has left investigators scratching their heads, Robert Jarell Neal, 22, of Burlington, N.C., has been arrested for stabbing a deaf man. Police believe that Neal misinterpreted sign language for gang signs, but this is just a theory at this point and in no way constitutes an excuse.
In the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, fans of the horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were labeled a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” Now, the ICP plans to sue the FBI for giving its face-painting followers the potentially dangerous label.