Gangs in Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee serves as the Southern headquarters for gangs in the United States.[according to whom?] According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, there are approximately 182 gangs with 8,400 gang members in the county.
Major gangs like Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods and Vice Lords have a strong presence, with a growing presence of Latino gangs like La Raza Nation, MS-13, Mexican Mafia, Latin Eagles, Maniac Latin Disciples and Latin Kings. In 2010, 26 gang members faced deportation after they were arrested with ties to the Vatos Locos and Sureno-13 gangs.
Gangs in the Memphis area are concentrated in high crime neighborhoods like Hollywood, Hickory Hill, Parkway Village, Westwood, Raleigh, Frayser, Orange Mound, Whitehaven and Binghampton; but their presence is also felt in the suburbs of Tipton County, Tennessee, and DeSoto County, Mississippi.
After a series of gang related robberies at Tom Lee Park on the river bluff in downtown Memphis, the Memphis Police Department said that "they often feel powerless to control these out-of-control teens." In May 2013, high school students warned Memphis City Schools against a proposed school merger of Booker T. Washington High School and Carver High school. "It's like putting the Crips and Bloods together in a national convention."
Cops in gangs
In 2012, 22 officers of the Memphis Police Department were arrested for being gang members. And in 2013, Memphis City Council and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton cut funding for Blue CRUSH, the gang division of the Memphis Police Department.
Famous Memphis gang activity
- Craig Petties, brother of DJ Paul, was on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list before he was caught in 2008.
A member of the Gangster Disciples and allegedly the biggest drug dealer in the history of Memphis, getting drugs directly from Edgar Valdez Villarreal of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel and funneling millions of dollars to the Black Mafia Family. In 2011, he pled guilty to 23 counts of violent crime and racketeering after working with the Sinaloa Cartel to build a drug trafficking empire in 5 states.
- In 2008, the Lester Street Murders, a gruesome mass murder in Binghampton, Memphis, Jessie Dotson, a member of the Crips killed his brother, Cecil Dotson, a member of the Gangster Disciples and his family.
- In 2010, Lorenzen Wright a Memphis basketball star with a connection to drug kingpin Craig Petties was found dead after being shot multiple times.
- In 2011, Sean Banks a Memphis Tigers men's basketball player, was arrested in New York as one of the James Bond Gang.
- In 2013, Javaris Crittenton former Memphis Grizzlies player was indicted on murder and gang charges.
- In February 2013, the Grape Street Crips announced their partnership with Bradley Jenkins, the Imperial Wizard of the United Klan of America, a branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Atlanta, to protest in a planned rally in Memphis.
In mainstream culture
Music styles that originated from Memphis gangsta rap culture include Southern hip hop and crunk, made famous by Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, and Hypnotize Minds. In the 2000s, the music genre gained acceptance after winning an Academy Award for the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle and Flow.
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