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
Law enforcement and other agencies cannot provide the specific number of gangs currently active in Detroit, Mich., because Detroit’s gangs primarily are neighborhood-based, forming and dissolving on an ongoing basis. There are at least 2,500 confirmed gang members in Detroit, as reported to CBS Local.Full Answer >
Gangs have direct effects on a community, such as increased levels of crime, violence and murder. Gangs also have long-term or delayed implications in that gang members are more likely to drop out of school, struggle with unemployment, abuse drugs and alcohol or wind up in jail. These factors not only harm the gang members, but they force taxpayers to contribute to welfare and community-assistance programs.Full Answer >
Famous people who have been members of the Bloods or Crips gangs include rappers Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne and actor and rapper Ice-T. The Bloods and the Crips are rival gangs based in Los Angeles, Calif., and are frequently tied to illegal activities involving drugs, guns and violent crime.Full Answer >
Biker gangs are not considered terrorist organizations in the United States, but are instead classified as Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by the Department of Justice. In terms of domestic terrorists, the Federal Bureau of Investigations specifically lists white supremacist groups, eco-terrorists, extremist militias, anarchic extremists and sovereign citizens' movements.Full Answer >