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Gangster Disciples
Founding location U.S.(Chicago)
Years active Late 1960s – present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 35,000+
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Juggalos,[1] Zoe Pound
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Four Corner Hustlers, Bloods,

The Gangster Disciple is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by Larry Hoover, leader of the High Supreme Gangsters, and David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Black Stone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Outside of Chicago some gangs will still go by the old name of BGD.[2]

Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases.[3] Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Symbols, signs and emblems[edit]

Like most major gangs, Gangster Disciples use a well-defined system of symbols to communicate alliances and rivalries. This system is a combination of symbols that represent the Gangster Disciple Nation or the Folk Nation as a whole and symbols that rivals use to represent their organization, typically inverted to show disrespect.

Colors and apparel[edit]

Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors black and blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing.

Six pointed star[edit]

The predominant symbol this criminal gang makes use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale,and the six points are said to represent love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom (respect).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://info.publicintelligence.net/NGIC-Juggalos.pdf
  2. ^ "Black Gangster Disciples". Gang Prevention Services. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Gangs Increasing in Military, FBI Says". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 30 June 2008. 

External links[edit]


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CBS Local
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:01:27 -0700

The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a Thursday statement that, in all, 35 suspects linked to the Gangster Disciples face charges of possessing and distributing heroin and crack cocaine on Chicago's West Side. The alleged patriarch is 55-year-old Johnny ...
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:10:47 -0700

Johnny Herndon — a 55-year-old whose crew operated in West Garfield Park — has dealt drugs since the early 1990s, amassing personal wealth that includes more than 30 real estate properties valued at more than $1.6 million, prosecutors say. His ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:56:53 -0700

An alleged longtime heroin and crack dealer, described by authorities as a patriarch of a Gangster Disciples gang faction, was arrested today along with dozens of others during a crackdown on two open-air drug spots on Chicago's West Side. Prosecutors ...
 
WLS-TV
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:54:45 -0700

"This was not just a murder. This was an execution," community activist Andrew Holmes said. Chicago police said a dispute between two factions of the Gangster Disciples recently flared in the neighborhood, but they don't believe Antonio belonged to a gang.

New York Daily News

Chicago Tribune
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:05:42 -0700

Law enforcement sources said a dispute between two factions of the Gangster Disciples — one dubbed Pocket Town and another Sircon City — recently flared up in the neighborhood. Police said Antonio was not in a gang, but would not rule out the ...
 
The Bugle
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Senator Kirk also sat down with a number of jailed members of various Chicago gangs including the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest street gang. Earlier this month Chicago law enforcement and members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ...
 
Wisconsin State Journal
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser, who asked for a three-year prison sentence, said Mallit has an extensive criminal record and is tied to the Gangster Disciples. While he provided information that was helpful to police, Moeser said, it was ...
 
Sacramento News & Review
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Training from the FBI warned us about Bloods, Crips, Black Gangster Disciples. Of course, the white motorcycle gang that ran a local strip club was the major source of meth in town, but this was pre-Sons of Anarchy. In the N.W.A era, we knew who to fear.
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