Cleveland: Company Pulls Caps Linked to Gangs off Shelves

CLEVELAND (AP) - A company that makes caps for Major League Baseball is pulling some of its hats off store shelves in the Cleveland area because community activists say the hat logos are associated with local gangs.

A spokeswoman for the Buffalo, New York-based New Era Cap says the company didn't realize that the neighborhood names were affiliated with gangs. The company started removing the hats once it was alerted and is pledging to research names in the future before creating new hat designs.

Community activists in Cleveland say the caps bore the names of local gangs such as "Da Valley," "10-5" and "H-V-D."

A gang intervention specialist says the hats, like gang colors, would increase tensions on the streets.