With the recent massacre in Kalamazoo, the moral compass of Uber drivers is being scrutinized more than ever before. However, it appears that gangbangers in Los Angeles may be posing as Uber drivers to fly under the radar.
Earlier this month, in the wee hours of the morning, police responded to a report of shots fired in the Lincoln Heights section of LA. Televised footage showed a Toyota sedan that had been sprayed up. An unidentified 35-year-old man was inside of the car, lifeless and covered in blood.
Four people were spotted leaving the scene in an SUV. California Highway Patrol officers gave follow and stopped them. The two men and two women inside the SUV were handed over to the LAPD for questioning. The suspicious quartet, as well as the murdered man, were documented gangsters, according to law enforcement.
The Toyota featured an Uber placard, according to the LA Times. However, although the car bore the decal of the taxi substitute, Chief Charlie Beck of the LAPD said that the man was not employed by Uber. The sticker is connected to another person who is an Uber driver. He said, “We don’t know the connection between those two people yet — if there is any.”
Captain Edward Pape implied that they have uncovered a new tactic by gangsters to throw police off of their scent. “Uber drivers right now are the big craze, are the big thing instead of using taxis, so that may or may not be the case here,” explained Pape.