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December 16, 2013

Fugitive Alabama White Supremacist Shoots Self As Police Close In

lindsey-scott-carterA fugitive and racist prison gang member from Alabama shot himself in Arkansas after leading police on a lengthy chase.  On December 8, Arkansas state troopers pulled over a vehicle linked to Lindsey Scott Carter, 44, wanted in Alabama on suspicion of murder.  The driver, a female friend of Carter, fled the vehicle, but Carter took the wheel and drove away. 

After a chase that wound through two counties in western Arkansas, troopers used traffic spikes to bring the vehicle to a halt again.  As the officers approached the car, however, they discovered Carter had apparently shot himself to death rather than face capture.

According to local authorities, Carter, from Paint Rock, Alabama, had shot and killed a woman on December 7 in what police believe was some sort of drug-related dispute.  Following the murder, a female friend of Carter (since arrested for hindering prosecution) allegedly provided the vehicle that Carter used to flee with a second female friend.  Authorities have not charged the second friend, the one who fled the vehicle in Arkansas, saying that she had not been aware of Carter’s crimes.

Carter had a previous criminal history and was a member of the Southern Brotherhood, Alabama’s largest white supremacist prison gang.  The Southern Brotherhood, which has a lengthy record of violence and criminal activity, began in 1995 in the Easterling Correctional Facility and subsequently spread to the rest of the state (it also has a presence in several other states).  It also has a biker gang subgroup, the Southern Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.

After Carter’s suicide, other Southern Brotherhood members passed the news of their fellow gang member’s death.  One Southern Brotherhood gang member posted to an on-line social networking website that “we lost a good Bro yesterday…Rest in Peace Scott Carter 14/23.”  The numbers “14/23” constitute a Southern Brotherhood numeric symbol that combines two concepts.  The number 14 is a reference to the so-called 14 Words, a popular white supremacist slogan:  “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”  The number 23 stands for the “23 Precepts,” a list of 23 rules that gang members are required to follow.

Similarly, another gang member posted that “We had a bro pass away yesterday…R.I.P. Scott Carter…14/23 19/2.”  The numbers 19 and 2 are code for the Southern Brotherhood, as S is the 19th letter of the alphabet and B the 2nd letter.

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July 18, 2013

Arizona Aryan Brotherhood Member Convicted Of Hate Crime For Threatening Phoenix Officer

A Phoenix jury on July 10, 2013, convicted a self-professed member of the Arizona Aryan Brotherhood, Brian Lee Harm, of one felony count of threatening the Phoenix Police Department officer who had arrested him for trespassing in August 2012.  The conviction included a hate crime enhancement.brian-lee-harm

According to the police report filed after Harm’s arrest, the officer encountered Harm while responding to a call about a white male waving his hands in the air and yelling at passing vehicles.   When the officer found him, Harm—who matched the description called in—was attempting to force open the sliding glass doors of a nearby office building.  The officer, and a second officer who soon arrived at the scene, spoke with Harm and eventually placed him under arrest for trespassing. 

Following his arrest, Harm became angry and abusive, soon lapsing into repeated crude ethnic slurs.  According to the officer, Harm’s rhetoric escalated, with Harm threatening to injure or kill the officer and to “make trouble” for all officers in the area.  When Harm stated that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood (a reference to the Arizona Aryan Brotherhood, a large and violent white supremacist prison gang), the officer began recording Harm’s remarks.

Among the recorded remarks Harm made was a threat to “beat nigger children, too, I don’t fu–in’ care.”  Harm said that he would have “all my Brotherhood brothers” come to the neighborhood and “you’ll pay the ultimate price.”  He told the officer that “ni—rs won’t be safe in this neighborhood” and that “it’s gonna be tough to go out to dinner for you now.”  His remarks included many more similar comments, including additional threats.

Prosecutors charged harm with felony threatening or intimidating as well as assisting a criminal street gang.  In Harm’s July 2013 trial, the jury acquitted Harm of the assisting a gang charge but found him guilty of threatening or intimidating.  Furthermore, in the aggravation phase of deliberations, the jury found that the offense involved the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury, that the defendant committed the offense with the intent to promote, further or assist criminal conduct by a criminal street gang, and that the offense was a bias crime (i.e., a hate crime).

Harm is currently in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting sentencing.

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July 2, 2013

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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