Reading from the Voice Media empire: Detectives with the Denver Police Department decline to provide anything other than the most basic details about the double murder at the New Welcome Inn bar, which remains under investigation at this writing, and the Reverend Leon Kelly, a prominent anti-gang activist who’s been in contact with the DPD regarding the thus-far-unsolved case, is also cautious with his words. But following the funeral for victim Guillermo Ornelas, which saw a slew of police officers strategically deployed in the neighborhood around the church where it was held as they kept a watchful eye on mourners, Kelly acknowledges that the incident has “gang overtones.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On November 20, Kenneth Banks pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Fallon Graham, a mother of two shot down outside a bar two years to the day earlier. He did the same late last month in regard to two other murders, including the slaying of D’Andre Mayfield in a drive-by shooting. All three crimes took place during the same three-day period in 2015, and each is said to have been gang-related. Indeed, the prosecutor who effectively handed Banks the third of three life sentences without the possibility of parole says he opened fire on Graham because her companion had chosen to wear the wrong color shoes. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Shortly after the in-custody suicide of Benjamin Davis, founder of the 211 Crew, a notorious white-supremacist prison gang, alleged 211 member Kirk Boyd has been sentenced to decades in stir for a crime spree that prosecutors say stretched over a five-week period and was fueled by methamphetamines. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Benjamin Davis, one of his state’s most notorious prisoners, died at a state penitentiary to which he’d been transferred. Davis, who is suspected of committing suicide, was the reputed leader of a white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 crew and a potential player in the 2013 execution-style murder of a prison official. He appears to have taken the truth about the case to his grave. Westword has the story.
Twenty-six years ago, the feds busted Miami’s biggest smuggling operation of the Cocaine Cowboys era: a $2 billion pipeline run by high-school pals Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta. It would take another decade of contentious court battles before the pair was finally convicted, wrapping up one of the nation’s most massive drug cases.
The risk of appearing with a gangsta rapper in order to call for peace is that he could fall off the “Kumbaya” wagon and shatter the credibility of your message. In July, rapper The Game joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck in a call for peace on the streets following fatal attacks on five Dallas police officers.
“I think that we need to take responsibility as a human race and accept the role as peace givers and people that distribute love and change throughout this city,” The Game told reporters that day.
According to a new report authored by the Anti-Defamation League, Texas is home to two of the largest prison gangs in the country, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Aryan Circle, which collectively have more than 3,500 members nationwide and one member as far away as France. But these groups are not just made up of a bunch of inmates picking fights in the prison yard. They extend far beyond prison bars, the report notes. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, for example, is responsible for at least 33 murders in communities across Texas in the past 15 years, according to the report.
It’s been nearly a year since nine bikers were killed in a chaotic shootout between the Cossacks and Bandidos gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, and we still don’t know much about what happened or who did what. And while 177 bikers were arrested at the scene, we still don’ t even totally know which ones will be charged with a crime.