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March 22, 2013 2

Texas Police Shoot White Supremacist From Colorado

A mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang, was shot and mor­tally wounded by police on March 21.  Police shot Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, of Den­ver, Col­orado, fol­low­ing a high-speed chase and shootout. 

The inci­dent began in Mon­tague County, Texas, when Deputy James Boyd was allegedly shot by Ebel, twice in the chest and once in the ear, dur­ing a rou­tine traf­fic stop.  Boyd, who was wear­ing body armor, suf­fered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Mem­bers from mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment agen­cies pur­sued Ebel, who allegedly fired his gun out the win­dow as he led police on a high-speed chase until he crashed into a semi-trailer truck on High­way U.S. 380 in Decatur.  Accord­ing to police, Ebel exited his vehi­cle after the crash and opened fire on police who returned fire, mor­tally wound­ing Ebel.

Ebel, a parolee from the Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, has a crim­i­nal his­tory dat­ing back to 2003 when he was con­victed of rob­bery.  He was also con­victed of assault­ing a prison guard in 2008.  Cur­rently, author­i­ties are inves­ti­gat­ing Ebel’s pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to two El Paso County, Col­orado, mur­ders which occurred ear­lier this week, includ­ing that of Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions Direc­tor Tom Clements. 

Ebel is the sec­ond 211 Crew mem­ber killed by police in just over a year.  In Feb­ru­ary 2012, Jere­miah Bar­num of Engle­wood, Col­orado, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly ignored an officer’s orders to stop, and instead reached for a gun in his waist­band.  Bar­num, who was a high rank­ing mem­ber of 211 Crew, was con­victed in 1999 of being an acces­sory after the fact to the race-based mur­der of a West African immi­grant in Denver.  

211 Crew Tattoo

The 211 Crew, named after the Cal­i­for­nia penal code for rob­bery, also known as the Aryan Alliance, was started in the Den­ver County Jail in 1995 by Ben­jamin Davis.  In 2007, Davis was con­victed of oper­at­ing a crim­i­nal enter­prise from prison that sold drugs and ordered attacks on inmates and oth­ers out­side prison.

The gang con­sists of sev­eral hun­dred mem­bers who are recruited in prison, but con­tinue their crim­i­nal activ­i­ties after their release, includ­ing attempted mur­der, assault, rob­bery, rack­e­teer­ing, bribery, wit­ness tam­per­ing, and drug dis­tri­b­u­tion.  As with most racist prison gangs, any white suprema­cist ide­ol­ogy they might have is sec­ondary to their orga­nized crime or crim­i­nal enter­prise motives. 

This shoot­ing, the sec­ond this month, is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a string of at least 30 shootouts between police and domes­tic extrem­ist in the United States since 2009.  Ear­lier this month police fatally shot anti-government extrem­ist Jef­fery Allen Wright fol­low­ing a four-hour stand­off in Florida.

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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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February 24, 2012 0

Denver-area Shooting Latest in String of Extremist-Related Violent Confrontations with Police

 Police inves­ti­gat­ing a stolen vehi­cle in the Den­ver sub­urb of Engle­wood on Feb­ru­ary 23, 2012, unex­pect­edly found them­selves fac­ing an armed white suprema­cist with a his­tory of violence—an encounter that even­tu­ally turned fatal. 
Jere­miah Barnum’s Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions photo
Source: Den­ver Westword
Ear­lier that day, Engle­wood police took two sus­pects into cus­tody in con­nec­tion with an allegedly stolen vehi­cle. Two offi­cers remained behind to fin­ish up paper­work, when they allegedly spot­ted a vehi­cle parked nearby whose dri­ver was a “known asso­ciate” of the arrested sus­pects. The dri­ver, later iden­ti­fied as Jere­miah Bar­num, a long-time white suprema­cist with a his­tory of vio­lence, allegedly threat­ened police, who report­edly noticed that he had a “weapon” in his waist­band (a gun was later found in the car). Accord­ing to offi­cers, Bar­num “made a move like he was reach­ing for a gun” and the offi­cers opened fire, wound­ing Bar­num fatally.  An inves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing is pending.
In 1997, Bar­num had briefly been infa­mous in Den­ver, after he and another white suprema­cist, Nathan Thill, were arrested for the bru­tal hate crime mur­der of an African immi­grant, Oumar Dia. Thill even­tu­ally pleaded guilty in return for a sen­tence of life with­out parole. Bar­num was ini­tially con­victed of mur­der, but his con­vic­tion was over­turned by a judge. He even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to acces­sory to mur­der and received a 12-year sen­tence. Dur­ing his stint in prison, he fre­quently appeared on lists of “Aryan Pris­on­ers of War” cir­cu­lated by white suprema­cists to get sup­port for impris­oned fel­low racists. He also became a mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang (Thill also became a 211 Crew member).
This shoot­ing inci­dent was merely the lat­est in a long string of con­fronta­tions across the coun­try in which shots were fired between police and adher­ents of extrem­ist move­ments.  Since 2009, ADL has iden­ti­fied some 24 such inci­dents, most of them related to white suprema­cists or anti-government extremists. 
The bulk of the inci­dents involved actual shootouts or exchanges of fire between police and extrem­ists, while a hand­ful of inci­dents were officer-involved shootings—typically after extrem­ists attempted to draw weapons on the offi­cers (or, in one instance, actu­ally attempted to fire at police, only to have the gun jam). Six police offi­cers have died in such con­fronta­tions, as well as a num­ber of extrem­ists, while oth­ers have been wounded or injured.

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