Gangster Disciples

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Gangster Disciples
GANG
DEFINITION
•FEDERAL GANG
DEFINITION
3 OR MORE PEOPLE
AT LEAST 3 MEMBERS CONVICTED
OF A SERIOUS OFFENSE
(INVOLVING 10 YEARS
IMPRISONMENT AND SOME LESSER
OFFENSES INCLUDING WOUNDING
WITH INTENT, INJURING WITH
INTENT, THEFT AND RECEIVING.)
DRUG DEALING AND USING FIREARM TO
RESIST ARREST OR CARELESSLY ARE
ALSO INCLUDED.
THE 3 SERIOUS OFFENSES MUST BE
COMMITTED SEPARATELY.
AT LEAST 1 OF THE SERIOUS OFFENSES
WAS COMMITTED WITHIN 3 YEARS OF
THE OFFENSE UNDER s.98A
BEFORE A PROSECUTION CAN BE
BROUGHT UNDER THIS SECTION, AN
ACCUSED MUST BE WARNED ON 2
OCCASIONS THEY ARE INVOLVED IN A
CRIMINAL GANG.
T.C.A. 39-11-106 GANG
FORMAL/ INFORMAL ONGOING
ORGANIZATION, ASSOCIATION, OR
GROUP OF 3 OR MORE PERSONS WHO:
HAVE AS ONE OF ITS PRIMARY
ACTIVITIES, THE COMMISSION OF
CRIMINAL ACTS.
HAVE A COMMON NAME OR COMMON
IDENTIFYING SIGN, COLOR OR SYMBOL
T.C.A. 39-11-106
HAVE MEMBERS OR ASSOCIATES
WHO COLLECTIVELY ENGAGE IN
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
40-35-121 GANG MEMBER
TWO OR MORE:
ADMISSION
IDENTIFIED BY PARENT/ GUARDIAN
IDENTIFIED BY DOCUMENTED C.I.
RESIDES IN OR FREQUENTS
GANGS AREA, ADOPTS THEIR
DRESS, HAND SIGNS, TATTOOS
AND ASSOCIATES WITH GANG
MEMBERS
40-35-121
IDENTIFIED BY UNTESTED C.I. BUT
CORROBORATED BY INDEPENDENT
INFORMATION
HAS BEEN ARRESTED MORE THAN
ONCE IN COMPANY OF GANG
MEMBERS
IDENTIFIED GANG MEMBER BY
EVIDENCE SUCH AS
PHOTOGRAPHS/ DOCUMENTATION
Is it Illegal to Belong to a Gang?
Local?
State?
Federal?
No.. Not here.
LEGISLATION
T.C.A. 49-6-4215
– SCHOOLS HAVE RIGHT TO
PROHIBIT STUDENTS GRADES 6
– 12 FROM WEARING CLOTHING
OR ACCESSORIES THAT DENOTE
GANG MEMBERSHIP OR
ASSOCIATION.
LEGISLATION
40-35-121 ENHANCEMENTS
IF A GANG MEMBER AT TIME – ONE
CLASSIFICATION HIGHER
FOR INITIATION – ONE
CLASSIFICATION HIGHER
LEADER OR ORGANIZER – TWO
CLASSIFICATIONS HIGHER
1980’s
EMERGENCE OF CRACK CHANGED
STREET GANGS
LARGE PROFITS FUELED VIOLENCE
“FOR PROFITS” STREET GANGS
INCREASED IN NUMBERS
NATIONWIDE MEDIA EXPLOSION
WHY JOIN A GANG?
FAMILY
SINGLE PARENT HOMES
MULTIPLE JOBS
LATCH KEY KIDS
DISPUTES
PROTECTION
GANGS AT SCHOOL
JAILS
PEER PRESSURE
EVERYONE
IS DOING
IT!!!!
MONEY & STATUS
COMMON INTERESTS
MEDIA
SPORTS
MOVIES
NEWS
PRIDE IN NEIGHBORHOOD
ALL MEMBERS FROM
NEIGHBORHOOD.
PROTECT THE HOOD.
LACK OF EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
EXCITEMENT
WHY GANGS MIGRATE
NEW CUSTOMERS - MORE
MONEY
LESS ENFORCEMENT
EASIER TO INTIMIDATE
COMMUNITY
LESS GANG RIVALRY
FIRST GANGS IN AREA HAVE LITTLE
COMPETITION.
ANONYMITY
NO ONE KNOWS THEM
NICKNAMES ONLY
GANG RITUALS
INITIATION
BEAT IN
DEPENDS ON GANG
VERY VIOLENT
BLESSED IN
MEMORIZING LITERATURE
PRAYERS
VOWS
LIST OF QUESTIONS
SEXED IN (MALE/ FEMALE)
FEMALES MUST HAVE SEX WITH
LEADER(S) OR WHOLE GANG.
MALES MUST HAVE ORAL SEX WITH
MALE BEFORE WITNESS.
COMMIT CRIMES
FAMILY
OLDER FAMILY MEMBER BRINGS
YOUNGER MEMBER IN.
GETTING OUT
BEAT OUT
–MUCH MORE VIOLENT THAN
BEAT-IN
DEATH
DRUGS
MOST ALL GANGS/ MEMBERS
ARE INVOLVED WITH DRUGS
EITHER SELLING OR USING.
GANG MEMBER
CLASSIFICATION
“WANNABES”
HAVE YOU USED IT?
IN WHAT CONTEXT?
THROW AWAY TERM
HAVE MOST TO PROVE
“GONNA BE”
EACH INDIVIDUAL GANG CAN HAVE
IT’S OWN UNIQUE LANGUAGE,
ALPHABET ETC.
TO EFFECTIVELY UNDERSTAND A
GANG YOU MUST BE ABLE TO BREAK
THEIR CODE
FOLK NATION
ORIENTS TO THE RIGHT
– PANTS LEGS
– TATTOOS
– STANCE
– HAT
– COLORS – BLUE/ BLACK
USE THE NUMBER 6
PREDOMINATE SYMBOLS ARE 6
POINTED STARS AND CROWNS.
USE THE “UPRIGHT” PITCHFORK
CRIPS, BGD’S, GD’S
PEOPLE NATION
ORIENTS TO LEFT
USES NUMBER 5
USES 5 PT. CROWN AND STAR
COLORS – RED, YELLOW, BLACK
BLOOD, VICE LORD, LATIN KINGS
KEY WORDS
CUZ
DOG OR DAWG
CRAB
SLOB
GRAFFITI
READING THE WRITING ON THE WALL
GRAFFITI
TYPES OF GRAFFITI
– TAGGER
– GRAFFITI ARTIST
– GANG GRAFFITI
TAGGER GRAFFITI
USUALLY A SINGLE TAG NAME OR
CREW NAME
CAN BE USED TO:
– PRESENT A MESSAGE ABOUT SOCIETY
– GET NOTICED
TAGGERS CAN FORM GROUPS
CALLED CREWS
GANG ACTIVITY
TAGGER
GRAFFITI IS
STILL
INCREASING.
GRAFFITI ARTISTS
ELABORATE WORKS ON WALLS,
TRAINS, BUSES, ETC….
ARE SOMETIMES CONTRACTED TO
DO THEIR WORK.
GANG GRAFFITI
VANDALISM THAT SERVES AS AN
UNDERGROUND NEWSPAPER FOR GANGS.
IT IS USED TO:
– MARK TERRITORY
– CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLENCE
– SHOW GANG ASSOCIATION AND
ALLEGIANCE
– SHOW MEMBERSHIP
– SHOW HIERARCHY OF GANG
– COMMUNICATE INSULTS AND CHALLENGES
– CHALLENGE AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY
STANDARDS
HAND SIGNS
MEANS OF COMMUNICATING GANG
AFFILIATION
MEANS OF CHALLENGING RIVAL
GANGS
ACKNOWLEDGE FELLOW GANG
MEMBERS
SHOW DISRESPECT FOR RIVALS
ISSUE COMMANDS/ VIDEO
TATTOOS
WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
TATTOOS
STRONGEST EVIDENCE THAT A PERSON
CAN DISPLAY THAT INDICATES HE/SHE
IS A GANG MEMBER.
CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY THE
MEMBER, GANG, SET OR MONIKER
NOT ALL GANGS OR MEMBERS USE
TATTOOS.
Tattoos
2747
GANG PARAPHERNALIA
WHAT IS IT?
GANG PARAPHERNALIA
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT IS USED
TO REPRESENT GANG AFFILIATION.
THE DOCUMENTATION AND
PHOTOGRAPHING OF SUSPECTS
DISPLAYING GANG COLORS, CLOTHING
AND PARAPHERNALIA IS ESSENTIAL IN
PROVING GANG AFFILIATION.
COLORS
MOST GANGS USE COLORS TO
IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AND
DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN OTHER
GANGS.
Colors
Networking Sites
Myspace.com
Facebook.com
Twitter.com
Craigslist.com
Bebo.com
hi5.com
Blackplanet.com
Intelligence
Caption
Reads
“My tatt
sneak my crip
name”
Intelligence
GANG STRATEGIES
PARENTS
EDUCATION
SHOW CONCERN (LIFE, GRADES)
COMMUNICATE (BOTH WAYS)
DEVELOP POSITIVE ATTITUDES
PARENTS
SUPPORT
KNOW FRIENDS
OCCUPY TIME
GET INVOLVED (SCHOOL,
NEIGHBORHOOD)
TALK WITH OTHER PARENTS
PARENTS
SPEND TIME
DO NOT ALLOW/ BUY GANG
DRESS
SET LIMITS
DO NOT ALLOW EXTENDED
UNSUPERVISED TIME ( IF
POSSIBLE)
COMMUNITY
EDUCATION
GRAFFITI REMOVAL
MAKE NEIGHBORHOOD
UNPLEASANT TO GANGS
WORK WITH AUTHORITIES
DO NOT TOLERATE/ ACCEPT
SCHOOLS
DEVELOP/ ENFORCE ANTI-GANG
REGULATIONS
DOCUMENT ALL SUSPECTED
GANG ACTIVITY
WORK WITH POLICE
MEDIA
DO NOT HEADLINE GANG
ACTIVITY
TRY TO AVOID USING GANG
NAMES OR GANG NICKNAMES
GANG PREVENTION
AWARENESS
– TALKS (COMMUNITY)
– LITERATURE
– EDUCATING L.E. AND PUBLIC
LEADERS
– EDUCATING SCHOOL
PERSONNEL
– MEDIA
Who is the gang member
Hispanic and African-American youth
Convicts
Elementary school children
Caucasian children from affluent families
Wanna-bees
Educators
Business men
College graduates
95 counties in Tennessee reported.
Thirty-five of the 95 counties (36.8%)
reported there was no significant gang
presence in their jurisdictions.
Sixty Tennessee counties, or 63.2%,
advised there was a gang presence or
gang activity in their jurisdictions
SOME of our gangs
Bloods
Crips
Vice Lords
Gangster Disciples
Latin Kings
Juggalos
Mara Salvatrucha
Sureños 13
Gang or a set/click?
Rolling 20
6 Mafia
Avalons
Woodlawn
Little Athens
98 Mafia
107 Hoover
Grape Street.
What crimes do gangs commit?
So lets look at some of
these gangs
Gangste
r
Disciple
s
“The youngest gang member I’ve ever seen was a 3rd
Grade Gangster Disciple. He was about 8 or 9 years
old…”
Sgt. C. Gensemer
Murfreesboro Police Department
HIERARCHY
Chairman of the Board
Board of Directors Board of Directors
(Prisons)
(Street)
Governors/Area Coordinators
Regents
Street Enforcers
Soldiers
Nonmembers
Additional Positions
Book Keeper
Disciplinary Committee
Members
Enforcers
Chief Enforcers
First Seat Governor
Second seat Governor
Boss of Town
Scouts
Security
Chief Security
Weapons Coordinators
Teachers
Overseer
Foot Soldiers
CODE
Tattoos
Hand Signs
BLOOD
S
“According to High School students, they (the Athens
Park Bloods) actively recruit in the Schools. “
- Sgt. Todd Royval
Chattanooga Police Department
HIERARCHY
At this time there is no known national
leader, although some sets have leaders
called “shot callers”
Lieutenants
Soldiers
associates
Tattoos
Hand Signs
Crips
“Although there is a strong suggestion that this gang
holds meetings and has leadership, they are not very well
organized within the county.“
-Gibson County Sheriff’s Dept.
HIERARCHY
No known national leader or charter.
Local sets will have a leader, lieutenants,
drug coordinators, soldiers and drug
couriers
Some sets will have a leadership core
consisting of 4-5 individuals
Tattoos
Hand Signs
Vice
Lords
“After a successful prosecution of the Imperial Insane
Vice Lords, the membership declined greatly.”
Inv. Jim Quick,
Knoxville Police Department
HIERARCHY
Chairman of the Board
Board of Directors-Leaders of the
Conservative Vice Lords, etc…
Princes
Generals
Lieutenants and Sergeants
Soldiers
Tattoos
Hand Signs
Juggalo
s
“While some Juggalos are simply fans of the music,
others may commit crimes under the Juggalo name.”
- Anderson County
Dictionary
*E*
Echo Side - A fate worse then hell. Juggalo Hell
Esham The Boogie Man(the Unholy) - Member of Psychopathic,
inspiration for ICP, and considered to be the veteran of Underground
and Horrorcore music. Otherwise known as the godfather of Acid
Rap and Horrorcore.(EshamtheBoogieman.com)
*F*
Facepaint - The make-up used by ICP and other Psychopathic
artists
Faygo - A cheap soda drink with mad fresh flavors that Shaggy and
J used to drink back in the day and still do. Now they throw Faygos
to the crowd of juggalos at shows.
Face Paint
Tattoos
Latin
Kings
“(Carroll Co. Latin Kings) were unlike other known Latin
King groups in that they were White, Non-Hispanic males
who wore light blue as a symbol of their affiliation.”
- Inv. Meggs
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Articles of the Latin
King Nation
1) Organize the members nationwide into a central
nucleus of communication
2) Create a news organ perhaps a newsletter or
newspaper so that the United ALKQN voice can
be heard and where we can hear the voices of
the masses we serve lead us to where the
struggle should be.
4) Create a central treasury program that the
brothaz and the sistaz can feel confident is not
jipping them.
Tattoos
Hand Signs
Mara
Salvatruch
a
“MS-13 worked on intimidation and fear
of the Hispanic community. Their whole
M.O. is fear.“
- Sgt. Gary Kemper
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
Interview
Q. So what do you call the person in charge?
A. We say “el corre las palabras” or “conduce la ranfla”(this translates
to “he runs the words” and “he drives the car”- a ranfla is a
very old junk type car that may be fixed up somewhat, either to
make it driveable or in the lowrider style).
Q. Did you have other codes or signals?
A. You know, the hand signs we all throw up.
Q. What about other codes?
A. Yeah, “la niña” (the girl) would be a gun, “la niña grande” (the big
girl) would be a bigger gun, like an AK (AK-47) or AR-15 or
something.
Tattoos
According to a former MS-13 member turned
Confidential Informant, members of Mara Salvatrucha
are no longer allowed to get any tattoos.
Hand Signs
Sureño
13
In Loudon County, “Many of the members
of this gang carry medallions or have
shrines dedicated to Santisima Muerte.”
-Inv. Adam Yokley
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office
CODE
Tattoos
One more Tattoo
Hand signs
Other Gangs
Diversity
Diversity within races
….More than just Mexico
Bolivia
Spain
Dominican Republic
Chile
Uruguay
Equatorial Guinea-Malabo
Paraguay-guaranί
But remember language
Barriers…
English
Translation by country
Comment
Apricot
Most: albaricoque
Others: damasco
Mexico:chabacano
In Spain saying that
someone is Chabacano
means he is vulgar
Baby
Most: bebé
Others: beba and bebe (no accent)
Chile: Guagua
Cuba, Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico a guagua
is a bus.
Bug
Most: Bicho
Mexico: Insecto
In most Caribbean
countries, bicho is a
reference to male genitalia
Cultural differences
Direct eye contact is a sign of disrespect to authority. Guilt
cannot be assumed due to lack of eye contact.
View Law Enforcement as corrupt. Do not trust police, bribery
is considered normal, even expected.
Family is close knit, not trusting of others. Godparents
“comadres”, “compadres” are family. Relation by blood is not
necessary to be included as family.
Decisions are made as a family
mami and papi- no sexual connotation
Cultural differences-Sarcasm
The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on the list……….
There is a list of procedures I will follow, the last thing written
on that list is to inflict bodily harm on you.
Nice Shirt……………………………………………
Nice shirt literally
Of course, go ahead and finish up that cigarette………………….
Go ahead and finish smoking, I will wait patiently until you are
done
Feel safe at night, sleep with a cop………………………………
If you feel unsafe, maybe you should have a police officer
stay with you this evening.
Freetranslation.com
The subject was throwing up gang signs.
The subject vomited the gang the signs.
Subject was arrested for disorderly conduct.
The subject was person under arrest for the alteration of the law
and order.
The verbal agreement escalated and subject #1 went to his
vehicle to get hedge clippers.
The it aggravated of the verbal agreement and subject #1 went to
its vehicle to obtain the scissors of the shearing machine.
Any Questions?
Thank you
Haidy Grigsby-Middle Tennessee
615-744-4543
Larry Anthony-West Tennessee
615-744-4007
Shawnda Havard-East Tennessee
615-744-4169

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