Lake County HIDTA Northwest Indiana Gangs
Lake County HIDTA & Indiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force
(Photos of individuals on this presentation are from the above open-source internet websites.
The Lake County HIDTA makes no assumptions or representations about the commission of criminal acts by the individuals depicted in this presentation.) Definition of a Gang
An ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons who have a common interest and/or activity characterized by the commission of, or involvement in, a pattern of criminal or delinquent
FBI-VGTOF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY DRUGS!!! VANDALISM ROBBERY/ BURGLARY/ THEFT VIOLENT CRIMES BATTERY/ INTIMIDATION Why Join Factors, Neighborhood Values
Family / Home Factors
Need for Belonging, Respect
Pressure, Intimidation, and/or Fear from Other Gangs and/or Gang of Gang Of Chicago-style Street gangs Although completely unconnected to present-day street gangs, Chicago Many gangs throughout the city originally attempted to structure the Prohibition Era.The 1950s-1970s brought about a time of civil unrest amongst different races, resulting in the creation of criminal street gangs formed along racial and neighborhood lines.
Dynamic gang leaders, such as Gustavo Colon (Latin Kings), Larry Hoover (Gangster Disciples), and Jeff Fort (Black P Stones), -day street gangs.The 1970s-1980s saw many gang leaders arrested and imprisoned for long-term sentences.
This created the need for intra-gang alliances to be formed.
As a result, David Barksdale (Black Disciples), along with Larry Hoover, formed the FOLK NATION.
To rival the Folks, Bobby Gore (Vice Lords), along with Gustavo Colon and Jeff Fort, formed the PEOPLE NATION.VS.People vs.
Folk People -Left Side Emphasis - -Red/Black (also Gold) - -Five-Pointed Star -Pitchforks Down
Common NWI Gangs: -Vice Lords (all factions) -Latin Kings -Black P Stones -Four Corner Hustlers -Spanish Vice Lords -Latin Counts -Aztec Souls Folk -Right Side Emphasis - -Blue/Black (also Khaki/Tan) - -Six-Pointed star -Pitchforks Up
Common NWI Gangs: -Gangster Disciples -Two-Six Nation -Latin Dragons -Spanish Gangster Disciples -Imperial Gangsters -Satan Disciples -Insane Deuces -Insane King Cobras -Sureos (independent, but ally with Folk Nation) Rival gang members join together for various reasons:
- Protection from other gangs
- Friends and/or acquaintances from school or the neighborhood
Due to a lack of overall structure in the national organizations, these kinds of gangs are usually hybrids of traditional African-American gangs (such as Gangster Disciple-Vice Lord alliances).
Hybrids of Hispanic gangs are rare, but they do sometimes occur (former Latin Kings allied themselves with former Latin Counts in Chicago to form th
group of individuals/friends who do not wish to join traditional gangs, but are known to be involved in criminal / Graffiti Crews:
group of individuals, usually juveniles, who have a common interest in painting graffiti in public places and form painting groups.
-Either can, and many times will, evolve into a street gang.
GANG MIGRATION TRENDS GANG MIGRATION From Chicago and Suburbs into Indiana:
- Proximity of gangs from South Side of Chicago and South Suburbs.
- Chicago and suburban public housing demolition; residents spread Indiana.
- Spread of Section 8 housing in Northwest Indiana
- Ramped up law enforcement activities against gang-related activity in Chicago and
- gang-related crime statutes.
From Northern Lake County cities of Hammond, East Chicago, and Gary:
- Movement south and east of gangs and gang members (heavy migration into Highland,
Griffith, Munster, Schererville, Merrillville, Lake Station, Hobart, Portage, Cedar Lake,
Valparaiso, Michigan City).
- Gang members moving out of larger gang-infested cities to more quiet communities to
escape gang involvement, retaliation, violence, and police harassment.
- Followed by recruiting, narcotics, criminal activity, and violence.
- Gang imitation/emulation (due to pop culture, rap music, History Channel
From Out-of-Region into Chicagoland:
- --13, Surenos, etc.).
Eras of Migration (1940-1980) --1970, mostly in the south and west side of the city.
-Beginning as neighborhood sets, the gangs eventually grew, organized, and spread throughout the city and Cook County.Eras of Migration (1970-2000) -need for a wider narcotics market, increasing gang-related violence in Chicago, increased law enforcement crackdowns on gangs, and the destruction of many of to leave the city and move into the south suburbs of Chicago, including East Chicago, Hammond, and Gary, Indiana.Eras of Migration (2000-Present) -The rise of crime and violence in the northern cities of Lake County, as well as the east away from those cities.
-Strict law enforcement against gang-related activity, especially in Hammond and East Chicago, has caused some gang members to move into more quiet towns where police officers are less-likely to be aware of a gang presence.-Without dispute, the gangs ARE now in our community!!!
Most Common Northwest Indiana Gangs & Identifiers
GANG USE OF GRAFFITI
1.Territory Markers -
2.Recognition / Recruitment -
3.Disrespect of Rival Gangs -
Upside-down or Crossed Out gang signs represents disrespect toward a particular rival gang, and is viewed as a sign of war or aggression.
-call of its
members.PEOPLE NATION GANGS
FOLK NATION GANGS
OTHER NWI GANGS -BLOODS:
-has been seen in Brotherhood, Saxon Knights, Skinheads, Hammerskins, Dirty White Boys, Black Panthers, Anarchists
Possible Gang Involvement Indicators COLORS *Vice Lords: Red or Gold + Black
CLOTHING CLOTHING Gary west side gang members flashing signs Gangster Disciple Pitchfork Latin King Crown Gangster Disciple heart with wings Gangster Disciple 6-pointed star HAND
SIGNS Several symbols together.
TATTOOS , Pitchforks, Crowns, Canes, Diamonds, Playing Card Suits, Pyramids, Moons,
Hearts, Wings, Devil Horns/Tails, Letters, Roman Numerals, Dice, Guns, Drugs, Slang
(also, upside or broken symbols represent disrespect toward rival gang)
HOW TO COMBAT GANG ACTIVITY
1.NOTIFY POLICE OF ALL GANG ACTIVITY!!!
DO NOT confront gang members by as many details as possible of activity, graffiti, clothing, etc.
2.Do Not Be Intimidated or Afraid to Report to Police
Gangs try to take neighborhoods by creating FEAR in the community.
3.Look for Possible Gang Involvement Indicators
Be VIGILANT and AWARE of the signs of gang activity.
Know what your kids are doing and who they are hanging out with.
Teach your children about the dangers of gang activity.
If You See or Suspect Gang Activity in Your Neighborhood/Workplace, Call:
FBI-GRIT (Gang Response Investigative Team)
Your Local Police Department.