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July 2, 2013 0

Member Of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Indicted After Violent Police Chase

On June 5, a Comal County, Texas, grand jury indicted a mem­ber of the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas (ABT), one of the nation’s largest racist prison gangs, on numer­ous charges related to a 2012 high speed police chase.  The indict­ment charged ABT mem­ber Jimmy Ray “Okla­homa” Owen, 32, with aggra­vated assault against a pub­lic ser­vant with a deadly weapon, aggra­vated assault with a deadly weapon, evad­ing arrest with a vehi­cle and crim­i­nal mischief.aryan-brotherhood-texas-tatoo

The police chase began in Octo­ber 2012 after a police offi­cer in Bul­verde, north of San Anto­nio, spot­ted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen.  The offi­cer tried to stop the truck, but the dri­ver, Owen, allegedly refused to stop. A chase ensued in which Owen report­edly rammed two law enforce­ment vehi­cles before los­ing con­trol of the truck and hit­ting another vehi­cle. The col­li­sion flung Owen from the truck.

After the col­li­sion, offi­cers allegedly found cocaine and a hand­gun in Owen’s vehi­cle.  Owen was injured in the col­li­sion, so offi­cers trans­ported him to a hos­pi­tal in San Anto­nio for treat­ment.  How­ever, Owen allegedly escaped from the hos­pi­tal.  U.S. Mar­shals were able to locate Owen at a San Anto­nio hotel sev­eral days later. 

Vio­lence com­mit­ted by ABT mem­bers is com­mon; from its incep­tion in the mid-1980s, the ABT has been one of the most vio­lent gangs of any type in Texas.  Cur­rently, the ABT is the most vio­lent white suprema­cist group in the United States.   In Novem­ber 2012, a fed­eral grand jury in Hous­ton indicted 34 ABT mem­bers for allegedly con­spir­ing to par­tic­i­pate in rack­e­teer­ing activ­i­ties, three mur­ders, mul­ti­ple attempted mur­ders, kid­nap­pings, assaults, and con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute metham­phet­a­mine and cocaine.  Sev­eral mem­bers have already pleaded guilty. 

The Anti-Defamation League recently released a new report on the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas, detail­ing its ori­gins, beliefs, orga­ni­za­tion, and violence.

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June 13, 2012 2

The Bloody Trail of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

What’s the most vio­lent extrem­ist group in the United States today? The answer may be sur­pris­ing: it is the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas (ABT), one of the largest white suprema­cist prison gangs in the coun­try. Accord­ing to ADL records, since 2000, this racist group—which has no rela­tion­ship to the older, “orig­i­nal” Aryan Brotherhood—has killed more Amer­i­cans than any other domes­tic extrem­ist group.

Since 2000, ABT mem­bers and asso­ciates have com­mit­ted at least 29 mur­ders in the United States, all in Texas or neigh­bor­ing states. The true num­ber is likely con­sid­er­ably higher, as most mur­ders that occur behind prison walls do not get reported by the media. The 29 known killings are all “street” killings, more evi­dence of the grow­ing pres­ence of racist prison gangs on the streets of America.

Why are there so many ABT mur­ders? There are two main rea­sons. The first is that the ABT incul­cates an accep­tance of vio­lence in its mem­bers; vio­lence is as often as not the first—or even only—solution to a per­ceived problem.

The sec­ond relates to the nature of racist prison gangs in gen­eral and the ABT in par­tic­u­lar: the ABT is an orga­nized crime group as well as a white suprema­cist group. The ABT con­sti­tu­tion even acknowl­edges that it can be a “hin­drance” to put ide­o­log­i­cal beliefs before “busi­ness trans­ac­tions” and that the group has to gen­er­ate income to fur­ther its “mis­sion and growth.” The result is that many ABT mur­ders take place in con­nec­tion with their “tra­di­tional” crim­i­nal activ­i­ties, such as metham­phet­a­mine traf­fick­ing, home inva­sions, and iden­tity theft.

Even more ABT mur­ders are actu­ally inter­nal mur­ders, in which gang mem­bers kill their own, usu­ally because they believe or sus­pect the vic­tim has become an infor­mant or bro­ken gang rules, but also some­times due to fac­tional or other inter­nal fights. It is almost as dan­ger­ous to be an ABT mem­ber as it is to encounter one.

Iron­i­cally, only 3 of the 29 known mur­ders linked to this white suprema­cist group in the past 12 years were actu­ally hate-related, though there have been other hate-related crimes by ABT mem­bers, rang­ing from assaults to arsons of African-American churches.

There is no doubt­ing, how­ever, the vicious­ness of the ABT killings, some of which were torture-murders while oth­ers were execution-style killings, in which the victim’s body was burned, decap­i­tated or oth­er­wise dis­mem­bered in order to make iden­ti­fi­ca­tion difficult.

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