Scraps and busters

Reporting a story that ran today, I learned that “scrap” is a derogatory word for Sureño gang members. Using that word and some mad mugging got Spencer Sampson of Tracy killed. The story doesn’t say that, conversely, the word disrespecting Norteños is “buster.” San Joaquin County Deputy DA Janet Smith schooled me on this. You can also look these up at

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