|How is your Gang Knowledge?|
|By Tracy E. Barnhart|
A gang is an organization, association or group of three or more persons that has as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more particular criminal offenses, with a common name, identifying signs and symbols or other common characteristics, whose members individually or collectively engage in a pattern of criminal activity or provide support for members who do commit crimes.
Ten Point Criteria for Gang Membership (Requires three points of criteria to be identified as a gang member) (This may vary, depending on Department or State)
Level I: Fantasy
(About 10% of gang membership)
(20% of gang membership)
(40% of gang membership)
(20% of gang membership)
(10% of gang membership)
Joining a prison gang literally means “Blood in - Blood out.” Prison gangs maintaining a veil of secrecy, preventing prison agencies from infiltrating the gang by placing an informant or undercover agent in the group, generally require a prospective member to murder or seriously assault someone in the prison. This “assures” the leadership that the individual’s loyalty and is on the up and up. Theoretically, if he has killed someone, he will not reveal to the authorities, other acts of violence he may know about or witness.
“Beat in” or “Jump in”- The inductee must prove him/her self by enduring a severe beating by a pre-determined number of members for a pre-determined number of minutes. During this act the members use fists, kicks and stomps, or even clubs to beat the new member. This is frequently called an “act of love.” It is also, in many cases, an act of extreme violence. The new member at best may survive with broken ribs, cuts and contusions or maybe a broken jaw. However the beating can be so severe that the person could suffer permanent injury or even death.
Blessed In - Occasionally, a prospective gang member will not have to endure any of the normal gang initiation rituals. He or she may be “blessed in.” This may be the result of the prospects reputation as one who is worthy of gang membership or he may be a family member of a gang member who has vouched for his worthiness and loyalty.
Sexed In – This refers to the prospective female gang member being forced to prove their loyalty to the gang upon induction. They are generally forced to roll a set of dice and whatever the number rolled, that is how many members of the gang they must have sex with that night. Once the female has been Sexed In, she is not respected as much as someone who has been beat in. During their time in the gang, they are treated with little dignity and expected to perform sexual acts when asked.
MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, a highly organized and well-funded Central American gang, is infiltrating at least 33 states across the U.S., according to law-enforcement authorities. The gang is well-known in Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., for excessive brutality. Any person suspected of cooperating with authorities is hunted down, tortured and killed. Initiation rites include kicking’s, beatings and gang rapes.
“These gangs are forcing new female gang members to undergo gang rape to enter the gang and they are asking their male initiates to gang rape American women to become an official member of the gang.” MS-13 relies on metropolitan areas with highly concentrated populations of illegal aliens to boost its spreading membership. Chapters require that initiates perform random acts of violence, such as participating in gang rapes, to gain acceptance.
“When I die, bury me deep. Place two canes at my feet. A five point star across my chest, and tell my brothers I did my best.”
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