This video was published on YouTube on November 16, 2017.
For JT, a young prospect making his way into a local branch of the Crips in Brooklyn, joining the gang is about family: Getting close to a group of men that care about him, and are willing to back him up if he ever finds himself in trouble.
But getting initiated isn't easy. VICE followed JT through the process of getting made to see what drew him to the gang, and to hear why he's willing to be "squared in"—suffering a brutal beating at the hands of his best friends.
Warning: The report contains strong language and footage of a physical assault. From The G-Man has opted to post this video in effort to "keep it real" and show kids and teens that choices have consequences.