Indeed, the original press release states that as the boys were driving by, the BPSC members initiated contact by throwing signs and shouting territorial/anti-Westside stuff. It seems they were just sitting around waiting for anyone to challenge them.Every time Jennifer rewrites this story it is different each time. The police press releases all say ilt was instigated by the sureno gang members and have from the beginning.
However, the boys are the ones who made the unfortunate decision to turn the car around to go fight because they thought they'd win with their, what seemed like at the time, better numbers. Of course, they probably had little clue what they were walking into, in terms of numbers, weapons, and the overall seriousness of these gangs. I'm not playing the blame-the-victim game here, I'm just pointing out that the initial decision to entertain the confrontation on the boys' part was a case of seriously poor judgment, not uncommon among 16 year old boys if I recall my own teenage years correctly, and our culture's obsession with ultra-masculinity.
As for people wondering how the other gang members got there so fast, these guys all live/are kickin' it constantly right there on Chestnut, first of all. And second, you don't think these guys have signals amongst each other to call for help? It's not like they had to pull out their iPhones and frantically scramble for 3G coverage...all their homies were probably right down the street sellin' dope, minding their hookers, or just chillin' not really having anything to do other than be a thug-on-call.
SCPD has obviously been putting a lot of concerted effort in this case and it's nice to see it paying off in the form of the assailants being brought to justice. I can only hope that they can identify all those involved and secure lengthy convictions on top of that.