WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine alleged gang members have been indicted in beatings that D.C. police say targeted the homeless and other vulnerable people.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced charges Thursday against members of a street crew that called themselves “Show Out.”

She says the group attacked homeless people on the streets, including some who were sleeping, as well as people who they perceived to be weaker and those who were distracted.

The beatings occurred this year in popular areas of the city including Chinatown, Adams Morgan and Foggy Bottom.

The group is also accused of orchestrating so-called “flash mob robberies.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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