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How to Decipher Gang Graffiti Codes

December 31, 2009

The Collective Eye offers this tutorial on how to understand gang graffiti symbols, handshakes and codes, using as an example the distinction between People versus Folks in the Chicago-area gang lexicon. Excerpted from The Heart Broken in Half, an anthropological documentary about a Chicago street gang, the Latin Kings.

White Supremacist Gets His Death Row Wish

November 24, 2009
White supremacist Billy Joe Johnson is heading to his new Death Row home for killing a fellow gang member who gave a television interview about PEN1, a Southern California gang affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood, the Orange County Register reports.

Failed and Fruitful Tactics for Combating Gangs

September 28, 2009
Any teacher, preacher, lawyer, cop, psychologist, gang crime victim, good mother, or good father would be more effective in gang prevention than a dozen "ex-gang members."

Prison and Gang Ink Symbols

August 7, 2009

In addition to advertising gang membership, tattoos provide other details about the bearer.  For the incarcerated, images of chains and locks represent the loss of freedom; an hourglass or clock face without hands indicate doing time; a string of numbers may be an inmate's prison ID; one laughing face, one crying face means play now, pay later or my happy life, my sad life; a tombstone with numbers may indicate years of incarceration; the face of a female crying usually means someone on the outside is waiting for them. Caption information provided by POLICE gang expert Richard Valdemar.

Countering Academic Gang Experts

August 6, 2009
When interviewed by sociologists, gang members commonly lie. They do this for several reasons including: to appear less criminally culpable, because the academic interviewer has little ability to verify and check the facts so it’s fun to BS them, and because discussing gang business with people outside the gang is prohibited. Consequently, a lot of academic gang member interviews are full of inaccurate information.

Gang Members Practice Their Skills

July 29, 2009
One at a time each of the three targets got out of the vehicle, walked in a big circle around the McDonald’s, went inside, only to return to the vehicle with a small drink. Then the next target did the exact same thing. Finally the third did the same. In tactical police terminology this is a clue that they were casing the McDonalds before robbing it.

Indictment Offers Details of 18th Street Gang's Workings

June 18, 2009
A court document charges about 40 members and associates of the Columbia Lil Cycos -- a clique of the 18th Street gang -- with being involved in a racketeering conspiracy that allegedly involved murder, drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, and other crimes.

Feds Arrest More Members of LA Latino Gang

June 17, 2009

FBI agents and Los Angeles police officers arrested at least eight of those named in a racketeering indictment, officials said. Several more of the 39 members and associates of the 18th Street Columbia Lil Cycos clique were already in state and federal custody.

Counterfeit Check Scheme Reportedly Run by San Diego Street Gang

May 15, 2009
Having a street gang behind a conspiracy that caused a credit union to lose $500,000 could be a first in California history. State and federal law enforcement officials made that announcement yesterday morning with the arrests of 40 people in the check-cashing scheme, including some active members of the military. Twenty more people are being sought.

Mexican Cartels Run U.S. Drug Trade, Report Says

January 20, 2009
Mexican cartels have taken over most of the drug trade in the United States, and are working with 20 gangs, including the Barrio Aztecas, according to a just-released report by the National Drug Intelligence Center titled, "National Drug Threat Assessment 2009."

Sexual Secrets of Gang Culture

December 1, 2008
For females recruited into a gang the male ritual of the “jump in” may be replaced by the ritual “sexed in,” requiring the female to have sex with several or all of the gang members.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taking Gangs to Task

February 1, 2006

New York detective Ricky Smith has devoted his life to battling for control of the streets.

Athletic Supporters

April 1, 2003

Professional and college teams' sportswear has become extremely popular with some gangs. Members wear sweatshirts or ballcaps to signify their gang. There are several reasons why gangs do this, and they're not all obvious.

Gangs? Not In My Town

June 1, 2002

Gangs exist everywhere in this country. Although we might like to think we are immune, no community should give in to this belief.

Looking at a Year of Developments

December 1, 2000

Looking back at this year, street gang behaviors have changed little. However, those of us who work the street must have noticed a few unique changes in the types of gang alliances, memberships and the crimes in which some street gangs have been involved.

Working Gangs: History, Infrastructure and the Internet

June 1, 2000

The fastest-growing gangs in the country today are Hybrid Mexican street gangs. Hybrid gangs have broken away from traditional membership rules based on gender and race.

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