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Latin Kings: Power Struggle In the Kingdom?

The two most influential factions of Latin Kings, in New York City and Chicago, are vying for supremacy.

April 18, 2011  |  by Lou Savelli - Also by this author



While the gangs that make up the Almighty Latin King Nation are a product of Southside Chicago streets, they're also one of the dominant gangs in New York City. Cliques or sets have established themselves in many other areas along the East Coast. The Latin Kings have a wide-ranging presence that overshadows the Motherland — the name the Latin Kings use to refer to Chicago.

The two major factions include the Kings Motherland Chapter whose members follow the Chicago ideology and the Bloodline Chapter, which is based in NYC and loyal to the founder of the N.Y. Latin Kings, Luis "King Blood" Felipe.

There now seems to be a power struggle for the kingdom. Many old-timers are leaving prison after long sentences for violent crimes, and a charismatic leader was recently released after a decade behind bars. In the 2011 Maryland RICO case, the Latin King Ambassador King Skibee (a.k.a. "the Royal Lion") took a lengthy plea behind bars to avoid a trial and a probable life sentence in federal prison.

In March, I was asked to testify as an expert witness in a RICO trial against a Latin King. He was the sole holdout of a 19-defendant indictment on charges ranging from drug dealing to murder. The other 18 Latin Kings took their pleas and ran to prison.

After reviewing much of the gang evidence during the trial, I realized not much has changed with the Latin Kings. Wherever they are, they are committing crimes, killing people and spreading chaos in the communities in which they live. They also continue to overwhelm themselves in baloney rhetoric written down in verbose manifestos that's filled with prose leaving much to the reader's interpretation. Their coded words are cryptography they use to maintain strict control of a well-structured criminal organization.

The defendant in the case, as I learned after the trial was over, was accused of a murder. To an untrained person, he didn't fit the description of a Latin King. He wasn't Latino and he didn't have the Latin American or Caribbean ancestry usually required for membership. Like so many other Latin Kings I've encountered through the years, he fit the bill of a criminal willing to kill.

Many Latin Kings in the gang are not Latino. The defense attorney had tried to establish that his client couldn't be a Latin King because he was African American and didn't have Latino blood running through his veins. As I explained, the Latin Kings believe there is power in numbers and that's what they're all about.

In February, police and FBI agents in Newburgh, N.Y. — a once picturesque town on the Hudson River about an hour north of New York City — arrested 31 members of the Latin Kings on RICO charges. While discussing the arrests at a press conference, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, said, "Because gang violence and drug dealing on the streets of Newburgh remain intolerable, we mean to and we must put an end to the scourge that calls itself the Latin Kings."

One murder charged in the RICO case was the killing of Jeffrey Zachary, a 15-year-old innocent bystander. High-ranking members in the Latin King's organization accidentally shot and killed the boy when they went after a rival.

The leader of the Latin Kings in Plainfield N.J., was sentenced to 50 years in prison in January, after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of a local man outside a nightclub in 2008. He and another Latin King stabbed their victim numerous times until they thought he was dead, and left him on the street to die. Had it not been for a passing Good Samaritan, the victim would have certainly died that night at the hands of these violent gangsters. The gang is one of the largest in the state.

This will be the year to closely watch regional cliques of the Latin Kings across the Almighty Nation.

Related:

Convictions Deal 'Serious Blow' To Latin Kings

N.C. Latin Kings Claim Officers Violated Their Civil Rights


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marco @ 3/14/2012 12:40 PM

there is many of these gang members where im from but do nor ferget about the gds sgds and the folk nation

Samanthaj @ 3/26/2016 7:04 AM

Members of a Racial Biased Hate Motivated Organized Supremacist Group known as the family and rival gang members committed witness- attempted murder and homicidal assault with intent to murder conspiracy charges in the 2011 attempted murder a bank financial Fraud witness , a victim of Underwater Mortgage scheme but was not convicted committed by Racist Extremist Supremacist Group Gang Members Tasha Presley Tiffany Presley Arthur Presley Mary Dean Gwendolyn Regina Taylor Bridgette Taylor

Samanthaj @ 3/26/2016 7:14 AM


In 2011 and prior in the city and county of Orange CA and Shelby County, Tn a violent racist Supremacist Group Gang known as the family surfaced in several states including Chicago IL rivalry with Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples involved in hate motivated crimes,bank fraud,murder,attempted murder,conspiracies to commit murder, witness-tamper underwater mortgage scams, violations of the Rico Act and Hobbs Act, racketeering and racketeering conspiracies, other crimes
threatening and rival gangs are Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples .
One of the most significant and dangerous Supremacist Group led by Raymond Austin and biological family members and his brothers , Mark Austin Harold Austin Joshua Austin , other Racist Supremacist Group Gang Members and/or associate and recruits rival Racist Gang Supremacists Group Members are Members Barbara Presley,Tasha Presley, Tiffany Presley, Arthur Presley, Keisha Presley, Kareem Austin, Byron Kinchelow, Mary Kinchelow Saginaw Michigan, Pookie Kinchelow Indianapolis Indiana, Jeffrey Kinchelow, Trina Kinchelow, Charles Kinchelow Jr, Gwendolyn Regina Taylor, Lorraine Taylor Robinson, Ronald Glenn Taylor, Dan Taylor, Renee Taylor, Bridgette Taylor, Trudine Taylor, Patricia Taylor her son Dia, nephews Kevin Torie Harper, Micheal Harper, Kevin his sister NeNe,his brother Gregory in Westminster CA, and Red, Gwendolyn Kinchelow Atlanta Georgia, Micheal Buchanan Atlanta Georgia?, Georgia Denton, Detreisse Denton, Demetria Denton,
Doris Little, Tosha Jones, Ann Jones, Sean Jones, Terri Little, Tereny Little, Tami Little, Freddie Jones, Faye Jones, Tony Jones, Don Smith murdered during a bank fraud scheme led by Raymond Austin and Charles Kinchelow Jr Lillie Bell Chatman Marcus Payne V Esther Caldwell.

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