Chicago Gang History

Status: Extinct

Tall Arabian Posse

Formerly known asTAP Boys
ColorsRed and white
Primary ethnicitiesArab
SymbolsDiamond/4 point star
AffiliationPeople since 1992
FounderUnknown. Submit info.
Founding year1990
Founding neighborhoodMarquette Park, 63rd and Kedzie
Main neighborhoodExtinct

The Tall Arabian Posse Boys came about in the year 1990 in the Marquette Park neighborhood at the intersection of 63rd Street and Kedzie which was a small Arab community since the 1940s.  The neighborhood around this Arab area was mostly Mexican with a white population.  People all around the United States developed a strong anti-Muslim sentiment ever since Operation Desert Shield started on August 2, 1990 and that is when hate crime were happening to many Arabs and their businesses.  Hate crimes against the Arabs on 63rd Street were starting to happen in the late summer to early autumn mainly by members of street gangs like Ambrose, Krazy Getdown Boys and Satan Disciples.  The teenage Arab youths formed the Tall Arabian Posse to protect the neighborhood against these gangs and soon these youths became armed with guns.

In the year 1992 the TAP Boys as they were called, made an alliance with the Latin Kings and joined the People nation alliance, the gang then spread into several south side suburbs that have a larger Arab population such as: Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Justice, Bridgeview and Burbank (78th and Narragansett).  In Marquette Park the TAP Boys were large in numbers at Hubbard High School and were geared at protecting all Arab students from hate crimes, the same could be said at Reavis High School in Burbank, Victor J Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Argo High School in Argo-Summit and Oak Lawn High School in Oak Lawn.  In all these school TAP Boys assisted any Arab students that were bullied by anyone and this made many of those protected students want to join the gang.  The TAP Boys became so big they spread into the more northern suburbs in the Lincolnwood and Skokie suburbs that also had a large Arab population, and they opened a section in the suburb of Villa Park.

The TAP Boys got into vicious gang conflicts with rival gangs and this led members to commit serious violent crimes as severe as severe as murder.  Many members began engaging in selling drugs which brought many more to serve prison sentences, the original goal of the TAP Boys was becoming lost and many members began leaving the gang by the late 1990s because they felt things were getting out of control, this also caused many sections to close down in the suburbs.  The first to close was 63rd and Kedzie as the members there flipped to Latin King members because they were heavily outnumbered by Ambrose and Satan Disciples.  Ambrose was especially gunning at the 63rd TAP Boys because Ambrose wanted complete control of 63rd Street.  The TAP Boys became completely extinct by the year 2000.

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Questions:

  1.  Who was the founder of the TAP Boys?  What happened to him?
  2. Do the TAP Boys have any relation to The Arabian Posse of Los Angeles?
  3. What year did each new suburban set open?  What year did each close?
  4. What is the time line of leaders?
  5. Did the TAP Boys have any People nation enemies?
  6. Who were TAP Boys enemies in the suburbs?

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