Dominicans Don't Play
Dominicans Don't Play
New York City and New Jersey
In New York City, United States
Dominicans Don't Play (DDP) is a Dominican-American street gang started in Manhattan, New York in the early 1990s. They are known for primarily using machetes and knives as weapons. DDP is located across New York City, particularly in Brooklyn, The Bronx, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Spain, Dominican Republic and some parts of Puerto Rico.
Recruiting efforts have been done via sites such as YouTube and MySpace as well as schools. Members have to be at least in their teen years to become active members in the gang.
The gang is said to have a large share of the cocaine market due to an association with the Colombian crime cartel.
While having a number of drug related arrests. Members have drawn the interest of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and some faced deportation hearings. The DDP has also drawn the interest of the US Marshals.
Throughout the group's relatively short history as a gang they have been involved in numerous violent altercations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, and Spain.
There is apparently an off shoot of the DDP gang known as "Bones". Which was discovered following an attempted murder of a rival gang member.
Dominicans For Life
Another off shoot of the DDP gang is DFL, short for Dominicans For Life. DFL was discovered by the beads almost like DDP only missing the black and also the similar hand sign.
Notable criminal acts
Pelham Prep and Christopher Columbus murder
A scuffle between DDP and the Bloods at Pelham Prep High School in the Bronx on March 11, 2005 resulted in the stabbing of two teenage boys.
Coney Island arrests
A contingent of 47 gang members who were allegedly planning to wreak havoc on the Coney Island boardwalk were arrested. one had a gun and 11 had machetes.
Stabbing of an 18 year old
On February 20, 2007 an 18-year old boy was stabbed 21 times in Boston's Back Bay MBTA station by a gang of teenagers as part of their jumping in process. The man subsequently quit the gang, and the DDP code orders that past members must be killed.
Murder of Jose "Ness" Rosario
15 year-old Jose Rosario, better known as "Ness", was killed outside of a deli in Hackensack, New Jersey. The boy was killed by a member of the Trinitarios.
Murder of Marviel Martinez
On April 13, 2005 fifteen year old Alex Ramirez, a member of the DDP off-shoot Bones, was charged with second-degree murder after witnesses said he slashed 16-year-old Marviel Martinez (rival gang member Trinitario) in the neck and then thrust the blade deep in the teen's back Tuesday morning at the Jerome Avenue IRT 183rd Street station.
Murder of Mark Tyrell
A 16 year old, Mark Tyrell, was stabbed in march 2007 outside of Pizzeria in Union Square. Mark Tyrell has gotten into a fight with members of the DDP which forced him to get transferred to Chelsea.
Union Square, December 2006 murder
A brutal fight amongst almost 50 teenagers  in Union Square left one teen dead (Taishawn Bellevue) and two others injured. Police Commissioner Kelly said it was a "planned confrontation": Some Washington Irving High School female students were "insulted," so they enlisted their boyfriends at Science Skills High School to defend their honor. Taishawn Bellevue was killed during this altercation. Taishawn was an aspiring basketball player known as baby Lebron as his MySpace page is littered with Lebron James wall papers.
Commissioner Kelly also suggested that the fight was gang-related, as some Washington Irving students are members of DDP - Dominicans Don't Play. Other students who were based at Science Skills students could been members of no gang . An official who spoke to the NY Times, someone whistled to start the fight and the girls' contingent from Science Skills had 15 people "with no plans for a confrontation and found themselves outnumbered." Police reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby store that captured the fight. The around 50 teens involved used belts, pieces of wood, and bats during the altercation. 16-year-old Francisco Baez is charged with murder, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon. after two people picked him out of a line up. He later confessed to the crime as a result of being identified.
In 2004 several people associated with DDP were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a River Edge, New Jersey man after the North Hudson Dominican Day Parade in August 2003. They have had an ongoing feud with other area gangs, including the sets affiliated with the United Blood Nation and the Trinitarios, a group comprised also of Dominican youths. There was a recent arrest of three members of the DDP by the FBI.
On January 1, 2007 3 members of the gang DDP were arrested in New York City. They were wanted for multiple charges relating to a shooting incident at a restaurant in which the three subjects fired several rounds killing one person and critically injuring three. They were arrested in NY with a .38 caliber hand gun. Other incidents include a large brawl in Manhattan's Union Square.
There have been incidents of individuals who have been attacked with machetes after being asked if they were members of the DDP. Some attacks have been deadly.
Potential for expansion
They are currently the second largest gang of Dominican descent behind the Trinitario Gang. The group has limited potential for nationwide expansion and is largely confined to areas with significant Dominican populations in particular Washington Heights, Chelsea, Florida, Atlanta, Boston and New Jersey. It is the fastest growing gang in the Bronx, and amongst the largest in New Jersey. They are considered to have the largest concentration of Dominicans of any neighborhood in the United States, combined population of Dominicans residing in New York and New Jersey totals around 1.2 out of an overall US Dominican
In other countries
However, on March 7, 2006 Spanish Police in Madrid has noted a growing gang presence of the Latin Kings and DDP. Spanish police report 130 documented DDP members, making them the largest in Spain. DDP is the largest and most violent street gang in Spain. The gang, has become the most prominent gang in Madrid. On November 5, Spanish security forces arrested 40 DDP members, all of them between 16 and 29 years old. The security forces confiscated 5 guns, one grenade, one machete, ammo, 3 baseball bats, 400 grams of cocaine, and 200.000 Euros in cash.
· Trinitarios  - DDP's biggest rival gang since formation in the 1990s.
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