The 1960s saw the birth of prominent gangs that included the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Panthers and the Crips. Although each gang was unique, all three were considered to be dangerous and violent by law enforcement.Know More
In 1964, the Aryan Brotherhood sprang up in the San Quentin State Prison. Known as a neo-Nazi gang, it was founded by Irish-American bikers. The Aryan Brotherhood was and continues to be recognized by the green shamrock tattoo as well as the numbers 666. As of 2014, it is responsible for 20 percent of the murders in the federal prison system.
In 1966, the Black Panthers arose in Oakland, Calif. in response to the oppression of African-Americans. The members believed in using violence to combat racism in the United States. They sought equality in education, housing, employment and civil rights.
In 1969, the Crips were established in Los Angeles, Calif. Consisting exclusively of African-American members, the gang was originally divided into the east and west sections of South Central Los Angeles. It eventually grew large enough to spread across the state of California. In 2014, the Crips has become one of the largest gangs in the United States, having grown to over 30,000 members nationwide.Learn more about Crime
Some of the reasons why people may join gangs include desire for protection, family tradition, peer pressure, lack of a basic need, excitement and desire to be popular. These causes may be facilitated by high-risk factors such as unemployment, domestic violence, negative friend network, poor academic performance and poverty.Full Answer >
In 2004, Omaha, Nebraska, was home to at least 28 criminal gangs, including the Suranos, MS13, the South Omaha Bloods and the north Omaha Crips. Together, these 28 gangs accounted for more than 2,500 gang members.Full Answer >
America is home to thousands of street gangs, but the best known include prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate along with motorcycle gangs like the Mongols, the Hell's Angels and the Bandidos. These gangs conduct a number of criminal enterprises, ranging from racketeering to drug smuggling and violent crime.Full Answer >
Some of the biggest rival gangs of MS-13 include the 18th Street, Street Thug Criminals and the South Side Locos. In March 2012, the government of El Salvador mediated a truce between the MS-13 and 18th Street gang, otherwise known as "M-18" or "Barrio 18." The truce was supported by the Organization of American States and the Catholic Church.Full Answer >