Ever wonder about gangs in Enid? Sure you have. Are they are out there? The bad news is…yes. But the good news is that Enid does not have a gang that has staked a claim to Enid or even a certain part of Enid. Why is that important? Because if there were territories or claims, then you’d likely have fights over territories.
What’s the definition of a gang?
- 3 or more people who associate regularly to the exclusion of others.
- Have a set territory or “turf.”
- Share a name, identifying signals, clothing and appearance.
- Exist for criminal purposes or anti-social behavior.
The most recent “gangs” that have tried to set up in Enid are the Mongols Motorcycle Club and the “Get Money Crew.” Many people may remember the “Get Money Crew” from the spray-painting they did mostly on the east side that said, “GMC.” They have mostly been dealt with and one of the founders is now doing 20 years in prison.
The Mongols, have tried to set up a couple of times. According to the E.P.D. they tried having a bar on South Van Buren. The PD dealt with the Mongols, who insisted they were nothing more than a club, and for the most part they have left Enid are now located out in the County. “If they are trying to form a chapter in Enid, they are keeping a very low profile,” said the PD’s Gang Enforcement representative.
How do you identify if someone might possibly be in a gang, like your child (yes…child) or family member? There is some “typical” behavior that is exhibited. However, just because someone exhibits some of the behaviors does not necessarily mean they are in a gang.
“Typical” behavior can include (most serious noted in red…crap I just exhibited a known behavior):
- You might notice behavioral changes.
- Lack of academic progress in school.
- Frequent discipline issues at home/school.
- Frequent contact with the police.
- Interest in graffiti.
- Drawings or writings with the “B” or “C” crossed out.
- Start using their hands to make signs or signals.
- Change their routines (out late at night).
- Start being in fights.
- Secretive about injuries.
- A formerly timid child is now suddenly very bold.
- Using a nickname or streetname.
- Sudden increase in desire for material possessions
- Obsession with a particular color of clothing
- Obsession with a brand or logo.
- Neatly ironed creased pants.
- Bandanas in a specific color.
- Specific color shoe laces.
- Unusual markings or streetnames inside hats or clothing.
- Wearing sports clothing of a team that uses similar colors as a gang.
BLOODS & CRIPS:
Bloods love the color red. Crips love the color blue.
They will sometimes have custom made sports clothing that signifies what “set” or group they roll with. A “set” simply signifies what part of the country they are from or a region.
Will often tag or spray paint things with certain markings that will signify their area.
Hate each other with a passion….and sometimes each other…..
LATIN BASED GANGS:
SUR-13 & MS-13
Mostly originated by people from South of the Border. Both of the gangs are very similar. For instance, both are linked to various drug cartels. They are responsible for a large portion of the drug trafficking that happens from South of the border. Another way they are similar is that they are brutal. Bloods and Crips kill over territory and money. SUR-13 and MS-13 will kill just to kill. They don’t discriminate. Man, woman, or child. They are famous for using machetes as their weapon of choice. While most gangs will kill and hide, these two will kill and then be sure everyone knows it was them. Other gangs fear these gangs. They have weapons that some militaries only dream about.
For all of the reasons above, you really have to wonder why they have not been labeled a terrorist organization rather than a gang. The Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as, “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85). I think that applies here. We ought to be able hunt these animals down. They are into every form of crime you can imagine in efforts to further themselves. These guys are the worst of the worst. There have even been rumors that Al Qaeda has contracted with them to do certain activities.
In 2011, the FBI designated the Juggalos as a loosely organized hybrid gang. I know what you’re thinking. What’s a Juggalo?
A Juggalo (or Juggalette for the girls) is a hardcore fan of the rap group “Insane Clown Posse.”
Juggalos are known for:
- Drinking and spraying the inexpensive soft drink Faygo.
- Wearing face paint.
- The logo of a hatchet man running applied on clothing, necklaces, and even their cars.
- Doing hair in the spider legs style.
- Displaying the gesture of wicked clown, the westside sign with the left hand and the C sign in ASL with the right, with arms crossed over.
There is annual festival called “The Gathering of the Juggalos” in which thousands of Juggalos get together to celebrate the lifestyle.
Insane Clown Posse has filed a lawsuit on behalf of their fans for being classified as a gang.