Gang Organization

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        Dept of Exceptional Education

Darren Kennedy, M.Ed -Transition Specialist

This presentation was designed to create awareness
for your school and staff.

When making observations you should understand
that one sign, symbol or color of clothing does not
identify a gang member.

It is the totality of identifiers…
            Purpose Statement
   The ultimate goal of this presentation is to provide
      awareness and understanding of gang culture.

   This information should be used for early detection
     and intervention purposes, which should be our
           primary goal for a long term solution.
What is a Gang?
Dictionary defines a Gang as:

    A group of people, who through the
organization, formation and establishment
            of an assemblage,
        share a common identity,
                  such as
    colors, symbols, rituals, rites, and
            Based on our definition….would also include..

   Social clubs
   Red Hats Clubs (Purple Hat/Pink Hat etc…)
   Sororities
   Fraternities
   Masonic Orders
   Sports Teams
   Book Clubs
   Religious Organizations….hmmmmm
 What is a Street Gang?
   A group of people who, through the organization,
formation and establishment of an assemblage, share a
  common identity, such as colors, symbols, rituals,
                 rites, and privileges…

                but often…engage in
         criminal activity and violent acts!
Gang definitions may vary from state to state.
A street gang must have the following
four elements:
1. An identifiable leadership;

2. Claim a geographic turf or area;

3. Meet on a continuous or regular

4. Be involved in juvenile delinquency
or criminal activity.
Hierarchy of Gangs


    Street Gangs



All Teens Age 13-19
                        Early gang in India called the Thuggee
                       invented signs and symbols that are still
                                       used today.

                       New generation of gangs created by immigrants appeared
                                            in New York City.

                                   Mexican gangs formed along west
                                     Latin Kings formed in Chicago.
Frank & Jessie James
                                    African-American gangs formed.
                                     Crips and Bloods appeared in
                                             Los Angeles.

                       "Super Gangs," large multi-cultural and multi-state street gangs, formed
The Basic Types of Gangs

There are three basic types of criminal
            street gangs:

       Nationally Affiliated
         Locally Affiliated
              Hybrids
              Nationally Affiliated
   Have common symbolisms and names that cross state
   Most have long histories and can be linked to many of the
    large metropolitan areas, i.e. Chicago, New York and Los
   These groups are known by most law enforcement
   They have numerous subsets that may have different
    names, but follow the same basic mannerisms.
   These gangs often resort to violence.
               Locally Affiliated
   Locally Affiliated Gangs may or may not have agreed
    upon symbolisms.
   These Gangs are organized to maintain control over
    several city blocks or neighborhood.
   They do not normally cross state boundaries.
   These groups are harder for law enforcement to identify.
   These groups can have profound affect on a school
    system and community.
   They can be just as aggressive and violent as Nationally
    Affiliated Gangs
              Hybrid Gangs

•New youth gangs are formed almost daily
throughout the country.

•Although many of these gangs call
themselves the same names of the older,
traditional gangs, they are in no way,
representative of the original gang.

•These gangs are known as hybrid or copycat
            GanGs we know….
   Bloods
       Skyline
       Piru
       Westside/Eastside Rollin 20’s
       Bounty Hunters

   Crips
       5 Deuce Hoover
       Rollin 40’s, 60’s
       Grape Street
More Gang Names….
Black Gangster Disciple   Mara-Salvatrucha~MS-13
  Surenos 13~SUR 13           South 8th Mafia
     Asian Pride                Vice Lords
  Crazy White Boys               South 6th
  Dirty Whites Boys
     Brown Pride
    Kurdish Pride
Alliances baseball and
•Think of this as the American
National leagues of

• Currently all documented gangs
aligned under these two

People Nation    Folk Nation
Latin Kings     Black Gangster Disciples
Vice lords      Black Disciples
Spanish Lords   Gangster Disciples
El Rukns        Imperial Gangsters
Bishops         La Raza
Gaylords        Spanish Cobras
Latin Counts    Latin Eagles
Kents           Latin Disciples

• Gangs (30,000+) membership in US
documented at over 1 million +
 Traditional Gang Symbols
• Pitchforks: Will be related to the gang they
  are affiliated with or may be used by a rival
  gang to show disrespect

• Stars: Both five and six point stars are used..
  Number off points delineate what gang the
  subject wishes to represent.
In 1960 the Crips were established in Los Angeles,Ca.
1970 the gang grew when Stanley Williams joined and
 branched out the other parts of LA
Gangs were then known as “Sets”
Most gang action took place around school campuses

Color   blue in different shades
Blue rags or handkerchiefs
They often wore jogging suits, and sports teams
jackets and caps bearing the names of LA team
    Common Crip Terminology

SLOBS          Derogatory term for a Blood
ceez up cuzz   Crip greeting to another Crip
CRIP           Civil Revolution In Progress
CFL            Crip for life
Flaggin        Showing your colors
 B             Crips disrespect Bloods by
               not acknowledging letter B
Loc-ed         Getting a beat down to be
                  admitted into a set
   Since there are so many different sets of Crips, they use
    gang signs to identify their specific set.
   Signs are also used to flash a warning or a threat to rival
    gangs. They call this stacking.
   Their signs are so elaborate that gang members can have
    entire conversations with each other. For example, the
    common slang used is “BK” for “blood killer.”

   Also, Crips commonly change words that start with “b”
    to start with “c.” For example, “better know that” is
    known as “cetaknowdat” .
   Bloods wear their “colors” on their right side, often
    with bright red shoe laces, a red belt, or a red bandana in
    the back, right pocket.
   Bloods refuse to use the letter “C” in words and names
    due to hostility towards the Crips.
   They will replace “C” with “3” because “C” is the 3rd
    letter of the alphabet….the word “can” would be “kan”
   Territory: Los Angeles; most big cities in the U.S
   Estimated Membership: 30,000- 35,000

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