gangs

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On the rise of Indian Posse, the largest of Canada’s native gangs, and the fall of its leader.

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A respected anti-gang crusader shoots and paralyzes another man.

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A Hells Angel informant’s path from destruction to redemption and back, and a family’s trouble with witness protection.

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The triple life of G-Rock: upscale house painter, lifelong Crip, FBI informant.

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On L.A.’s Homeboy Industries, which offers former felons—including at least one disgraced CEO—the chance to work.

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Rogue cops in the LAPD Rampart division’s anti-gang CRASH unit (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) were involved in everything from drug smuggling and bank robberies to, allegedly, the murder of Christopher “Notorious BIG” Wallace.

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Chains, knives, fists, and, of course, those crude and unreliable homemade affairs called zip guns were the staples in the more vicious gang wars in the 1940s and 1950s. Today there is scarcely a gang in the Bronx that cannot muster a factory-made piece for every member—at the very least, a .22-caliber pistol, but quite often heavier stuff: .32s, .38s, and .45s, shotguns, rifles, and—I have seen them myself—even machine guns, grenades, and gelignite, an explosive. One gang, the Royal Javelins, has acquired some walkie-talkie radios.
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Nicky Louie and the Ghost Shadows.

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The narcocorrido-immortalized Pacific coast traditionalists, the kidnap-crazed Gulf coast Zetas, and massacres that no longer seem tied to a discernible purpose; inside the ruins of the Mexican-American border.