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I didn’t run with a gang. I didn’t have time. Muhammad Ali, interview The Parkinson Show
At the age of eleven an encounter with a sadistic gang member flicked a switch in young Mike Tyson’s mind. It was the bloody death of a bird that provoked Mike to throw his first ever punch. Taking on Tyson, 2011
There’s never really been a real hood Christmas movie. Ice Cube
This country was built on gangs. You know, I think this country is still run on gangs. Tupac Shakur
Bad hombres pouring in from Mexico with gangs, guns and violence. How we gonna stop this? Easy. We’re gonna form a gang and use guns and violence. Baron Cohen, Who is America? III, Channel 4 2018
The degradations of vicious outlaws who rove from state to state like packs of wolves amounted to an actual armed invasion of America. J Edgar Hoover
This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and the callous indifference of the government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty. Every incident in this picture is the reproduction of an actual occurrence, and the purpose of the picture is to demand of the government: What are you going to do about it? Scarface aka The Shame of the Nation 1932 starring Paul Muni & George Raft & Ann Dvorak & Karen Morley & Osgood Perkins & C Henry Gordon & Vince Barnett & Boris Karloff & Purnell Pratt & Tully Marshall et al, director Howard Hughes
The biggest threat to inmate and officer safety is the gangs. Prison Nation, National Geographic 2016
Officials count at least 1,600 gangs in prisons across America. ibid.
After a few days the stranger finally introduces herself; her name is Sylvia Mitchell ... Sylvia is fifty-seven years younger than Andrew ... Syvia is an American Gypsy. Killer Clans: Gypsy Seduction, ID 2014
The Tene-Bimbos are an infamous crime family. ibid.
Sylvia is extradited to New York and charged with second-degree manslaughter, grand larceny and perjury. ibid.
The gold standard of anti-organised crime legislation is the RICO Act (Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organisations Act). Passed by the US Congress in 1970 ... it has proved more effective than any other policing tool against organised criminal syndicates. Misha Glenny, McMafia
On the streets they are known as MS-13. Terror is their trademark. And members as young as eight are taught the rules. The gang has an international reach. Gangland s1e2: You Rat, You Die, History 2007
The body of a young pregnant woman ... Brenda Paz: and she had been assassinated for giving information about the secret world of one of America’s most violent gangs: MS-13. It was payback for breaking one of their cardinal rules. ibid.
Their origins are in Los Angeles. ibid.
The gang now contaminates the most unexpected turf: suburban communities. ibid.
It’s here in northern Virginia that a MS-13 member decided that she had had enough. ibid.
MS-13 has its roots in Central America. ibid.
In 2003 police linked MS-13 to nearly seven-hundred gang-related crimes in north Virginia. ibid.
1Female recruits have a choice when they join the gang – they can be beat in or sexed in. ibid.
MS-13’s weapon of choice is a machete. Using a blade also allows the gang to leave its calling card. ibid.
Gangs: they are in our streets, our cities, even our small towns. Now, they are in our armed forces. Gangland s1e11: Basic Training
Our military forces are being compromised by some of the worst criminal elements our country has ever known: street gangs. ibid.
Since its creation in the 1980s this gang’s wave of violence has spread in record time. And crossing international borders ... One of the most dangerous and bloodthirsty gangs in the world: MS-13. Gangland s1e13: Root of All Evil
A narcotics powerhouse that runs like a Fortune 500 company. The Gangster Disciples made millions by brutally punishing anyone who got in their way. They dominated the drug trade in cities across the mid-west. Gangland s2e9: Gangster Inc
The Gangster Disciples swelled to 30,000 members. ibid.
In the late 1980s the explosive rise of crack cocaine transformed [Larry] Hoover’s organisation into a drugs empire. ibid.
Sixteen codes of conduct. ibid.
They are the most overlooked criminals in the United States. And amongst the most dangerous. They’re girls in gangs. Their reasons for a life of crime may be different. But like their male counterparts they crave money and respect. Here no rules apply. Gangland s2e12: From Girl to Gangsta
Approximately 800,000 people belong to gangs in the United States; of those an estimated 70,000 are women. In Los Angeles alone there are 5,000. ibid.
More women are committing crimes on the streets. ibid.
They were dubbed the Bloodettes and the Cripettes. ibid.
A new drug appeared on the streets and gang life would never be the same again ... Gangs were the engine that drove the crack epidemic. ibid.
Girls who are sexed in are less respected. ibid.
They blazed a bloody trail. They’re a mob-like gang of killers. With a vicious dictator at their centre. They’re the Breed Motorcycle Club and they’ll stop at nothing. Gangland s5e10: Evil Breed
The Breed formed in 1965. ibid.
Their two hundred members are spread across the north-east and mid-west. ibid.
The Breed also sold and used Methamphetamine. ibid.
In the deep South one gang rules the frame: for these gangstas shedding blood is a way of life. They are the Gangsta Killer Bloods. Gangland s6e6: Bloody South
Their biggest enemy is the infamous Folk Nation. ibid.
In the heartland one gang rules the road. To these outlaw bikers there are no rules. Proceed with caution: the Galloping Goose is closing fast. Gangland s6e10: Beware the Goose!
Kansas: they know this city is owned by one of America’s oldest outlaw biker gangs: the Galloping Goose. ibid.
The gang is small and ultra-secretive. ibid.