documentary: American Gangster “The Jamaican Shower Posse”

The Kingston, Ja­maica, gang known as the Show­er Posse rose to pow­er in the 1980s and stretched its op­er­a­tions from Mi­a­mi to New York. The Show­er Posse was born in the rough and ruth­less ghet­tos of Kingston, Ja­maica. From the ’70s well in­to the ’80s they were one of sev­er­al gangs used by Ja­maica’s main­stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties as tools for ex­tor­tion and in­tim­i­da­tion. The Show­er Posse ex­pand­ed in­to the in­ter­na­tion­al smug­gling of mar­i­jua­na, send­ing ship­ments of gan­ga to se­cret air strips through­out the Flori­da Keys, but they didn’t be­come a tru­ly feared force in U.S. un­til they be­came heav­i­ly in­volved in the traf­fick­ing of crack co­caine. Us­ing Ja­maica as a trans­porta­tion stop for prod­uct mov­ing from South Amer­i­ca to the U.S., they then rout­ed it to cities and towns from Mi­a­mi all the way to Seat­tle, quick­ly be­com­ing one of the most feared or­ga­ni­za­tions on the streets. The name Show­er Posse grew out of their rep­u­ta­tion for “show­er­ing” their op­po­nents with in­dis­crim­i­nant sprays of gun­fire from au­to­mat­ic weapons. Vi­cious shootouts were their spe­cial­ty. Mul­ti­ple homi­cides in Mi­a­mi, New Jer­sey and oth­er cities around the U.S. made them more feared than the Bloods and the Crips in many cities. En­joy!!