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Week 20 | May 17, 2016 | Host: Rusty Keeble
Hello GFORCE, this is Rusty Keeble with the Gang Enforcement Company; welcome to Gang Enforcement. Unclassified. Episode 20 of the 2-Minute Tuesday Training Tip - this week's topic is this:
Gang Initiation by definition is a rite of passage marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society.
Gangs often require new members to commit crimes before accepting them as part of the gang.
Let's focus on the most common initiation rituals we see throughout the United States and around the world.
a.k.a. (Rolled In, Quoted) - New members may be physically beaten by fellow gang members to demonstrate their courage, which occasionally results in a fatality. One study indicates that young people are more likely to be hurt in a gang initiation than they are by refusing to join.
This ritual can differ from gang-to-gang but usually consists of the recruit having to fight 3 or more members of the gang for a specified amount of time. The reason for the beating is to see how tough the recruit is and if he is a fighter.
Example: A Folk Nation set may have 3 or 6 members jump in the new recruit for a period of 30 or 60 seconds. The (3) and (6) have a significance within the Folk Nation gangs.
Slightly different than being Jumped In - in that the gang has two lines of its members and the recruit has to go between the line as the gang members beat him or her.
Carry out a Mission
a.k.a. (Putting In Work) - Some gangs require that a recruit commit a crime or a series of crimes to prove that they are good candidates for the gangs. Often times, gangs that specialize in a particular crime such as auto theft, will require the recruit to steal a car or commit the crime that they specialize in. Some gangs have point systems for the crimes and the recruit has to have so many points. The crimes required to be committed can be as violent as drive-by shootings or murder.
a.k.a. (Diced In) - Female members may be required to have sex with male members as a form of initiation, though they may also be "jumped-in" like their male counterparts.
One study shows that female members who were “sexed-in” as part of gang initiation were there after viewed with lower respect than those that were "jumped-in", even when promised they would become full-fledged members. Another study found that sexed-in members face greater risks of sexual exploitation and abuse by fellow male members.
Example: A female recruit may be required to roll the dice. Whatever number is thrown is the number of gang members that the recruit has to have sex with.
a.k.a. (Courted In) - Sometimes an individual is asked to join a gang without going through any initiation. The individual usually has some type of special talent that the gang wants to learn or take advantage of. The individual may have a good connection for drugs, is good at stealing cars, or has some other criminal talent. It may also be that the individual has a car that the gang needs to commit criminal activity or just to get around town in.
This is the most uncommon method - there is very little proof of commitment displayed.
The most common gang initiation for males is being Beat In or Carrying out a Mission
The fastest growing gang initiation for females is being Sexed In.
Gang Initiation Myths/Hoax
Warning about gang members driving around with their headlights off, then killing anyone who flashes them.
Gang Initiation Weekend. ( Please Read Very Important!!!)
Police officers working with the DARE program has issued this warning: If you are driving after dark and see an on-coming car with no headlights on, DO NOT FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT THEM! This is a common Bloods gang member "initiation game" that goes like this:
The new gang member under initiation drives along with no headlights, and the first car to flash their headlights at him is now his "target". He is now required to turn around and chase that car, then shoot and kill every individual in the vehicle in order to complete his initiation requirements.
Police Depts. across the nation are being warned that September 23rd and 24th is the "Blood" initiation weekend. Their intent is to have all the new bloods nationwide drive around on Friday and Saturday nights with their headlights off. In order to be accepted into the gang, they have to shoot and kill all individuals in the first auto that does a courtesy flash to warn them that their lights are off. Make sure you share this information with all your friends and family who are drivers.
Although print references to this gang initiation scare date to 1993, anecdotal information places it as far back as the early 1980s when a reader in Montana heard the Hells Angels in California was said to be initiating inductees in this fashion. By 1984 the story had spread to Eugene, Oregon and had by then changed into a tale of Black and hispanic street gangs in Los Angeles targeting white people. "Flash your headlights and have a prospective gang member kill you as part of his initiation" legends have been with us for more than twenty years, something that should be kept in mind as hysteria builds during new outbreaks of this panic.
In August 1993, a major outbreak of this scare swept the United States as the legend spread quickly with the help of fax machines and e-mail forwards. The early fears were further intensified when a new round of faxes went out a few weeks later, these announcing a "Blood initiation weekend" of September 25 and 26 of that year
To date, there has been no reported truth to this hoax. However, we have always stated that just because it has not been found to be true to date - this does not mean that someone gang member and/or gang will not adopt this hoax as a real threat. Therefore, we always suggest that officers and agencies take each one seriously and educate the public and fellow officers of its origins and potential legitimacy no matter how false it has been historically.
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Again this Rusty Keeble with the Gang Enforcement Company saying, Thank you for being here - I am signing off saying In Omnia Paratus (Be Ready for Anything). GFORCE OUT!