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Colclough Intoduction To Criminal Justice Professor Drew
Bloods Street Gang Abstract In this essay you will read about some of the history of the street gang called Bloods. Through some research I found you will read about where the Bloods originally started, what the original reason it was formed, for what purpose it was formed and how they spread throughout the country. There is also some information about one particular leader who is currently servign a life plus one hundred and fourteen year sentence for several murders he committed. He is known by the name “Pistol Pete” amongst most his real name is Peter Rollack. In this essay there is also some names of the different sets of the Bloods and the first Blood set formed.
1 Bloods Street Gang The Bloods is a street gang formed in 1972 mainly of African American youths in reaction to the Crips street gang. There is no known national leader of the Bloods but there are sub-groups or sets that have their own leaders. As far back the 1950's African American youth groups were coming up in South Central, Los Angeles. They were known back then as social groups known for parties, car clubs and meeting up at certain skating rinks. Rivalries began to start among these groups of youths and some smaller groups banned together for protection. These groups are no longer known for social gatherings but for violence and other illegal activitiess.(Al Valdez, April 2001). What was just a Los Angeles, California issue has now spread throughout the country. According to the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms, the Crips and Bloods have expanded their drug trafficking business to over one hundred cities and over thirty states nationwide with the help of other gangs. They also claim the increase has been the reason for the rise in the violence in America. The Bloods gang is most known for its continuous rivalry with the Crips. They became very violent partly because they were out numbered by the Crips, this is how they asserted their power. According to an article by Robert Walker's Gangs Or Us, there are some myths about the Bloods one being the first Bloods set was originally called the Piru Crips but he states there is no evidence supporting that. Original Piru members have denied any truth to that claim. Sgt. Curtis Jackson of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department witnessed first hand factual information about both the Bloods and Crips gangs. He was recognized domestically and internationally as one of the nations experts on
2 Bloods Street Gang street gangs. He was considered to be the “Godfather” of Black Gangs and was there at the beginning of the Black Street Gang phenomenon. In the early 1970's the Crips started calling the Pirus Roosters and the Pirus called the Crips Crabs. Around this time anti-Crip gangs joined together and called themselves Bloods. This is why the Pirus are considered to be the founders of the Bloods. Blood sets on the East Coast are seen as connected to United Blood Nation, a gang that originated in Rikers Island formed in 1993,in the New York City jail system on Rikers Island's George Mochen Detention Center. The Latin Kings at this time, made up of Hispanics, were targeting Black inmates with violence. These inmates banned together with some of the more violent inmates to form a protection group, this is where the name United Blood Nation came from. The United Blood Nation was imitating the Bloods street gangs in Los Angeles, California. The prison gang formed sets to recruit in their neighborhoods across New York City. By 1996 members of the gang were more violent then other gangs. Slashings reported during robberies were considered to be Blood initiations. Most Blood members are African American males,though some sets have recruited females as well as members from other races. Blood sets have individual leaders. The set leader is not elected but asserts himself by managing the gang's criminal activities with a reputation of being ruthless and violent and his personal character. The other members are called soldiers who are committed to their set and will do anything to gain respect of other gang members. Associates are not full members but participate in many of the gang's criminal
3 Bloods Street Gang activities and identify with the gang. Most of the female members are more likely to be considered Associate members and are used to carry guns and drugs and or prostitute themselves to make money for the set. Bloods identify themselves by the color red most often but they also use other colors to identify themselves as well one being brown. They aalso use a certain language, hand signs tattoos and symbols. The Bloods most common symbol used is the number five, the five pointed star and crown. They also use graffiti to mark their territory it may include the word Piru being the first known Bloods gang. Here are some of the different set names and Bloods terms they use: 9 Tray, Brims, Beven, 135 Piru, 706 Blood, Sex Money Murder 000- Blood 001, 013-Blood love, 023-watch your back, 187- California police code for homicide, 311-Crip Killer, B's up C's down... Peter “Pistol Pete” Rollack was one of the most ruthless leaders of the Bloods, his set is Sex,Money,Murder in the Soundview section of the Bronx, NY. Pistol Pete was sentenced to life plus an additional 105 years this is what the article read in the Daily News:
In January, Rollack pleaded guilty to his involvement in six murders in the early 1990s. Thirteen other gang members targeted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been convicted of various crimes and sentenced to years in prison.
4 Bloods Street Gang As the gang's leader, prosecutors say, Rollack really stood out. He "seemed to relish" murder, hanging on the walls of his bedroom lists of Mafia hit men with the names of their victims, prosecutor Nicole LaBarbera wrote last week to the judge sentencing Rollack. He allegedly committed his first murder when he was 18, and referred to murders as "wet T-shirt contests" because the victims' clothes were drenched in blood, LaBarbera said. Rollack admitted to ordering a notorious attack on two former underlings during a Thanksgiving 1997 tag football game in the Bronx. Two men were killed and three bystanders were wounded. Particularly galling to law enforcement was the fact that the gangsters of SM&M evolved into twisted folk heroes. Their reputation allowed them to affiliate themselves with the Bloods street gang, and they were brazen enough to incorporate themselves as SMMC Inc. (Sex, Money & Murder Corp. Inc.). At one point, police even saw Soundview teens wearing T-shirts with Rollack's likeness under the statement, "Free Pistol Pete.'' Though Rollack was arrested in 1995, his gang continued to control sections of Soundview'drug trade. SM&M graffiti cropped up throughout the neighborhood. In 1998, a rapper, Lord Tariq, released a CD featuring a song, "Sex, Money, Life & Death," that offered
5 Bloods Street Gang hagiography of Rollack. The CD thanked the Rollack family and boasted, "SM&M, it ain't over." In a September interview on a local radio station, Lord Tariq discussed the gang and sent "shoutouts" to gang members, LaBarbera wrote. "Rollack's influence and the reach of his gang is not limited to the Bronx," LaBarbera stated, alleging that new inmates at federal prisons in New York, "many of whom have never met Rollack," speak of Rollack "reverently." But law enforcement officials are now trying to turn Rollack's notoriety on its head, slapping up the "Life Without Parole" posters on buildings and lampposts near schools and where gang members were known to hang out in Soundview. On Oct. 7, federal probation workers painted over the gang graffiti throughout Soundview. As of yesterday, the walls remained free of gang tags, prosecutors said. Yesterday, Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum sentenced Rollack and ordered him to pay $25,400 toward the funerals of his victims. The mothers of three of those victims asked her to show no mercy. In 1994, Rollack murdered 23-year-old Karlton Hines, a one-time high school basketball star from the Bronx, simply because Hines was friends with a man who tried to shake down a member of SM&M. During yesterday's emotional hearing, Hines' mother, Theresa, glared at Rollack, who sat staring at the table, and declared, "I hope that when you go to sleep, you see all these bodies that you murdered." "They'll come to you," she said. "That's your penalty."
6 Bloods Street Gang There's a lot of information some proven some not about the Bloods Street Gang. The fact they exist is fact enough, I have learned about many different things in researching this gang. Our society has to really come together to make a better way for the future of our youth as well as our selves. The youth of today are suppose to be the future of tomorrow but I dont see how this is possible without the guidance and help from the youth of yesterday. If the same effort is put into our youth as it is in starting wars and solidifying its reasoning it can change the impact these gangs have on our children. If they believe there is nothing else for them it will continue and there won't be a future for them or us.
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