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The Rise and Fall of the Nazi Low Riders

February 1, 2008

We were waiting for a violent paranoid tweeker we knew was armed with a Glock pistol and running on parole. He told all of his associates that he would not be taken alive. He was also a member of the Nazi Low Rider (NLR) prison gang.

Chuckie, Midget, and the Compton Tortilla Flats Gang

January 25, 2008
I was there when this monster was spawned. The Tortilla Flats Gang was born in Compton, Calif., about 1962.

The Mongol Motorcycle Gang and the Mexican Mafia

January 22, 2008
These outlaw gangs are not known for their adherence to truces and coalitions. When you deal with the Devil you can't expect honesty and fair play. The Mongols had already let the Devil into the deal in the early 1970s.

Mara Salvatrucha

January 10, 2008
MS is not like any other East Coast, Chicago, or even native Salvadorian gang. This is why reports on the gang written by federal law enforcement and the military analysts who have little or no experience with the Hispanic gangs of Los Angeles are rarely accurate.

Holidays in the Hood

December 28, 2007

The season brings the same problems to the ghettos and barrios that face the rest of us, except in an exaggerated way. Problems like poverty, lack of education, illness, alcohol and drug abuse, and the desire to give and receive gifts we can’t afford, are all seemingly intensified by the lack of real opportunities. The resulting depression that sets in the minds and spirits of individuals and the community is often temporarily self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. This results in desperate a

A Nightmare Scenario

December 14, 2007
The attack team crossed the “frontera” via a well-used tunnel near Nogales. It split up on the U.S. side, one group traveling by night toward Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, and the other made its way toward nearby Fort Huachuca.

Kel-Tec PF-9 Pistol

December 1, 2007

For undercover police work or even off-duty use, a small gun that can easily be concealed yet fires a reasonably powerful cartridge is essential. Kel-Tec has recently introduced its PF-9, which the company touts as the slimmest and lightest 9mm semi-auto handgun on the market.

The Freight Train Riders of America

November 30, 2007
Like the muffled whispers about the "Black Hand" of the Mafia in the Italian community, the "train freaks" whispered of a gang of outlaws that lived to ride the freight trains in the West. They were robbers, burglars, and hijackers with colorful names. Cross one of their members, and they would get you.

Gangs, Guns, and Political Games

November 21, 2007

I have never arrested a gang member who lawfully possessed a gun and who purchased it legitimately. So banning legitimate gun-related purchases only disarms the lawful citizens, making it easier for the unlawful to victimize them.

California Gang Migration

November 15, 2007

Rivals within the California prison system, Norteños and Sureños sometimes unite outside of California as "Califas" when they become active in other states.

The Killing Mindset

November 2, 2007

Recently the FBI published a study entitled "Violent Encounters: A study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers," which found that criminal gang members and other felons practice their skills with firearms more often and shoot more accurately then the police officers they try to kill.

Criminal Gangs in the Military

October 25, 2007
I wondered to myself how these obvious tattoos could be missed by his Marine Corps superiors, especially the Sureño tattoo in large letters across his chest. The suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting and said, "I did it for the brotherhood and the brown side." He then exposed the Sureño tattoo.

The Aryan Brotherhood—The Dogs of War (Part 2 of 2)

September 24, 2007
Members of criminal gangs are commonly motivated by greed and vengeance. However, the most dangerous individuals that I have encountered are motivated by ideological and theological beliefs. And members of the Aryan Brotherhood fit the latter category.

The Aryan Brotherhood—The Dogs of War (Part 1 of 2)

September 19, 2007
Like the dangerous Presa Carnario dogs that are loved by the Aryan Brotherhood, and which have for centuries been bred as fighting dogs, some men don't do well caged with others. Some require their handlers to cage them individually, as they are dangerous even when confined with their own breed. Mad dogs and mad men must be isolated from others, or put down.

History of the Florence 13 Gang

September 12, 2007
When most Americans think of Hispanic gangs, they think of East Los Angeles, the San Fernando or San Gabriel Valleys, Boyle Heights, or Downtown Los Angeles. They would be surprised to know that much of Los Angeles Hispanic gang history actually happened in South Central.

Bebop, Doo Wop, and Hip Hop – Music and the Madness

September 4, 2007

Following the horrors of WWI, American culture descended into the "almost anything goes" attitude of liberal Europe. Scantily clad "Flappers" and dapper gangsters got high on drugs and booze and danced the Charleston to brazen jazz bands.

The Vineland Boys Gang

August 21, 2007
The powerful 18th Street Gang considered the formation of this new gang by its own members to be "set jumping" and have been at war with the Vineland Boys ever since. This betrayal of their 18th Street allegiance would prove fatal to some.

Exceptions to the Gang Rules

August 7, 2007
Crips wear blue rags and Blood or Piru gang members wear red ones. But an expert would know that Compton Lime Street Piru gang members break the mold by wearing lime green bandanas.

History of the Mexican Mafia Prison Gang

July 25, 2007
It is rare for law enforcement to have an opportunity to hear from the mind of one who lived it. Today, Mundo (with a new identity) continues to assist law enforcement to understand how criminal organizations operate.

Skinhead and Other White Supremacist Gangs

July 13, 2007
When I make any gang presentation I usually set the fundamentals down first. After giving the definition of a criminal gang, the question most asked is, How do gangs begin? White supremacist gangs began with young people who perceived themselves as outsiders suffering from injustice, just like every gang.
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