The ghastly tragedy in Waco, Texas where members of at least five gangs engaged in a fight that began in a restaurant and spilled out into the parking lot, involving guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs, and chains that resulted in at least nine people dead, 18 injured, around 150 people arrested, and over 100 weapons collected.
More gang members are now reported to be heading to Waco and are now not only threatening revenge against rival gangs, they have also reportedly issued a call to kill anyone in uniform and even threatened hospital staff.
This article examines these gangs and what they do. Thay have names like Bandidos, Cossacks, and Scimitars.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has classified the Bandidos as a Tier 2 gang — the second most dangerous classification — according to the most recent “Texas Gang Threat Assessment” report, released by DPS in April 2014.
“Although these gangs vary in size and structure, they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime across urban, suburban and rural areas of Texas,” the assessment said.
According to the report, the Bandidos formed in the 1960s and “conducts its illegal activities as covertly as possible and avoids high-profile activities such as drive-by shootings that many street gangs tend to commit.
“However, members are not covert about making their presence known by wearing the gang colors, insignia and riding in large groups. They seek to turn public sentiment in their favor by organizing frequent charity runs. Bandidos are likely to focus on recruiting new members with no criminal history.”
The U.S. Department of Justice identifies the Bandidos as one of the two largest “outlaw motorcycle gangs” in the U.S., with about 900 members in 93 chapters.
According to the Department of Justice website, the Bandidos are “involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine.” The group is most active in the Pacific, Southeast, Southwest and West Central U.S.
I am sure that Fox News will have exhaustive discussions around the clock on the problem of white-on-white violence, the problem of gang culture in the white community, and ask where the parents of these gang members are and why they did not raise their children properly.
The discussions should start any minute now.