Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DC Blacks Gang

DC Blacks

The DC Blacks is a black prison gang in the United States whose members are from Washington D.C.. They are allied with the Black Guerrilla Family and other black prison gangs. The Aryan Brotherhood is one of their main enemies.

The race war between the Aryan Brotherhood and DC Blacks started on Nov 22, 1981 when the body of Robert M. Chappelle, a member of the DC Blacks was found dead in his cell at USP Marion. Thomas Silverstein (a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood) was the killer, and Chappelle’s death worried bureau officials who thought it might spark a war, which it certainly did.

Raymond "Cadillac" Smith, the national leader of the DC Blacks was the next person killed. Silverstein struck again on Sept 27, 1982 stabbing Cadillac 67 times in the Marion control Unit and dragging his body up and down the tier so that those locked in their cells could see. The race war raged across the feds in the early 1980's and again in the 1990's when two DC Blacks were killed at USP Lewisburg by AB members who stabbed them 35 and 34 times to death. The violent campaign against the DC Blacks and the alleged race war were at the center of the government’s 2002 indictment against the Aryan Brotherhood.

Black inmates defend Aryan Brotherhood in Santa Ana trial
Gillian Flaccus - Associated Press

On Wednesday, an imprisoned member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang testified that the Aryan Brotherhood was severely outnumbered in the federal prison system by the DC Blacks.

Witness James "Doc" Holiday said there were at most 10 Aryan Brotherhood members at his prison, while the DC Blacks were "the majority."

Holiday said DC Blacks had a type of violent mentality that didn't exist among other prison gangs. He said the racial strife was largely instigated by the black gang, with the Aryan Brotherhood defending itself.

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