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Black Gangster Disciples Identifiers/symbols: six-point star the letters 'BGD' raised pitchforks may sometimes use numbers to represent the alphabet; for example: 2=B, 7=G, and 4=D (BGD) Black Disciples Identifiers/symbols: six-point star the letters 'BD' crossed pitchforks heart with wings; Gangster Disciples Identifiers/symbols. Opinions differ on how to define Gangster Disciples. Bitch ass mu fukein ass wanna be bitch hoes in5ane unknown all mother fukin dey gdk sdk 5 poppin 6 droppin. The Gangster Disciples & the Crips are two different gangs. The Gangster Disciples are a gang under the Folk Nation & the Crips are a gang under the Crip Alliance. The Black Gangster Disciple Nation is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples, and Larry Hoover, leader of the Supreme Gangsters. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image.

The Black Gangster Disciples, often abbreviated “BGDN” “GDs”, is a gang from the South-side of Chicago that was created in the 1960s. It was formed by the leader of Supreme Gangsters, Larry Hoover, and the leader of the Black Disciples, David Barksdale. The two groups merged in the 1960s to form a new gang alliance called the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The BGDN has in the past made several attempts to clean its name and image. Some of the Gangster Disciples members have taken out ‘B’ from the gang’s name, and go simply by Gangster Disciples (GDs). The GDs spent some time in the political world working with other gangs such as the Vice Lords, Young Lords, Black Disciples, and Latin King through the ‘Growth and Development Movement”. Many GDs gang members not located in Chicago often go by the original name Black Gangster Disciples (BGDN). BGDN is also part of a phenomenon taking place in the army, where gang members are joining the army. The GDs are said to be found in the U.S. and American bases oversea. The gang often leaves their graffiti in bases.

Gang Name Gangster Disciples
TerritoryUS NationWide
Years Active1960s-Present
EthnicityPredominantly Black
Symbols6 Point Star, Pitchforks, Heart with wings, Tails and horns
AliasesGDs, GDN, 7-4, 7-4-14
ColorsBlack, Blue, & Gray
PhrasesGD till the world blow
Criminal ActivitiesDrug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution, Boosting (d-queens)
AlliesFolk Nation, Crips, Zoe Pound, Black Guerilla Family, and Black Mafia Family, Some Black Disciple sets, Some People Nation sets
EnemiesPeople Nation, Black P.Stones, Vice Lords, Four Corner Hustlers, Bloods, Latin Kings, Nortenos, Surenos, White Supremacist gangs, & Black Disciples

The Gangster Disciples’ history can be traced back to the 1960s. Larry Hoover, often regarded as the founder of the Gangster Disciples, was born in November 30, 1950 in Jackson, Mississippi. Larry Hoover moved with his family to Chicago when he was 4, when he turned 13, he joined a gang called the Supreme Gangsters which was located in his neighborhood. While a sophomore in high school, Larry Hoover was gunned down by a rival gang member on his first day of school and got kicked out as a result. While out of school, and with no job, he turned to a life of crime, ranging from prostitutes, gamblers, and drug dealers. Larry Hoover eventually became the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, and in 1966 Hoover and the gang overpowered the King Cobras , which forced the remaining cobras to ally themselves with the Black Disciples Nation which was under David Barksdale’s control. Larry Hoover would later merge the Gangster Disciples with numerous other gangs to form the Gangster Nation. Gangster Nation was a merge between the Supreme Gangsters, African Sniper Gangsters, Raven Gangsters, High Supreme Gangsters, Maniac Gangsters,Russian Gangsters, Mafia Gangsters, 75th Street Syndicate Gangsters, Gent town Gangsters, Outlaw Gangsters, 95th Street Supreme Gangsters, the Dells Gangsters, East side Syndicate Gangsters, West Side Supreme Gangsters, Racketeer Gangsters, Imperial Gangsters, and the Black Pimp Gangsters of the West Side.

The Gangster Nation’s size was increasing; however, they were still trailing the Black Disciples and the Black P. Stone Rangers. David Barksdale was the leader of the Black Disciples, and Jeff Fort was the leader of the Black P. Stones. Jeff Fort wanted to join forces with Larry Hoover and promised a high leadership in the new, realizing that his new position would be lower than his current, Larry Hoover declined. In 1969, instead of joining forces with the Black P. Stone, Larry Hoover formed an alliance with the Black Disciples which caused them to adapt a new name “Black Gangster Disciples”(BGDN). The BGDN alliance ended the war that was going on between the Gangster Nation and the Black Disciples in the 60s.

The BGDN started turning their ways around after the formation of the new alliance and participated in numerous community programs. The gang opened restaurants and gas stations and even went as far as to steer young kids in school toward the right direction. On the surface, it looked as if the BGDN was moving toward a positive direction; however, in beginning in the 1970s, massive amount of drugs started to flood the very same black community they were helping. The BGDN was deep in the drug trade, many of their members started to get rich off the drug trade, while some of their members fell victim to the addicted substances they were selling. Larry Hoover and Andrew Young were found guilty of Murder in 1973 and were sentenced to 150-200 years each for murdering William Young, a drug addict believed to have stolen one of the gang’s supplies of drug. Joshua would later test testify against both Hoover and Young, and saying that he witnessed both of them kidnapping William Young.

David Barksdale would later die on September 2, 1974 due to Kidney failure from a gunshot wood he suffered in 1968. Due to the death of Barksdale, a new leader needed to be appointed to run BGDN, the decision came down to Larry Hoover and Jerome Shorty Freeman, it was decided that Hoover would be the new leader. Four years after Hoover became the leader of the BGDN, Jerome Freeman decided to dismember the alliance, resulting in the Black Disciples and the Gangster Nation heading separate ways.

With King Barksdale dead and King King Hoover in prison, the police were baffled as to how the GDs were stll able to amass massive amount of profits and keep growing. Hoover’s power reached a pinnacle when he created a new alliance of gangs known as Folk Nation, and managed to order a prison riot in Pontiac prison located in Illinois which resulted with the death of 3 dead officers. The new folk alliance resembled that of BGDN and consisted of both BGDs and GDs as well as numerous other gangs. Hoover succeeded in bringing in some of the major and fastest growing gangs in Chicago into the alliance. Within that time period, Hoover also managed created a Latino faction of the gang which went by the name Spanish Gangsters Disciples.

The alliance between the BGDs and BDs was shot lived, in 1991, an inter alliance war was started and they started shooting at one another. The war between the two gangs set bad precedence for the folk nation, which would later cause multiple other inter alliance wars to happen. When the war broke out between the BGDs and the BDs, the BGDs were so mad that they removed ‘Black’ from their name and went simply by ‘Gangster Disciples’(GDs). The GDs also became the biggest gang in Chicago in the 1990s. Larry Hoover’s power over the gang was so great, that in 1993 about 10,000 Gangster Disciples showed up to hear Hoover speak on a phone from prison. During the meeting Hoover pushed Growth and Development concept, which claimed that GDs were no longer operating in the criminal world. However, in 1995, in an effort to hurt the GDs’ leader ship, operation Headache was launched, which took down 39 high ranking Gangster Disciples members. As a direct result of this operation, Hoover was given a life sentence and moved to a more secured prison location.

About every major gangs have a unique system of symbols to communicate their respective rivalries and alliances. Gangster Disciples use a mix of symbols that represent the GDs and/or the Folk Nation, they also use symbols from that of rival gangs, usually in inverted manner as a sign of disrespect. Gangster Disciples are said to wear blue and black as their color, they are often seen wearing the Georgetown Hoyas and Duke Blue Devils clothing

Gangster Disciples’ main symbol is the six-pointed star which looks very much like the Star of David. The Star of David is often said to be a tribute to their founder David Barksdale, the star’s six points stand for love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom.

LOVELove of the Nation is greater than mere love alone, because we have a brotherhood in which love is as deep as the deep blue sea. TRUE BLUE LOVE
LIFELife commitment to the Nation for the betterment of ourselves as well as the Nation and each committed brother within the Nation, and our Nation's teachings, laws, creeds, symbols, philosophy and defense.
LOYALTYTo yourself, and each committed brother of our Nation.
UNITY Collectively embraces all concepts, ideas, and actions that apply to our Nation. Togetherness is essential in order for us to continue our survival.
KNOWLEDGEIs insight, therefore it is priceless, it gives one the ability to apply rational judgement. Knowledge is the ability to have a conscious awareness, and knowledge gained and not passed along is wasted knowledge.
UNDERSTANDINGShows that we are able to communicate effectively, bringing about agreements, and a positive state of mind.
Creed At the height of their reign, the Gangster Disciples gang was a well structured organization. The gang has an organizational structure similar to that of a fortune 500 company. As most of the leaders of the GDs ended up dead or incarcerated, the gang became less structured.

The Gangster Disciples ranks are:

  • Chairman Of the Board
  • Board of Directors (2) (Prison & Street)
  • Governors/Area Coordinator
  • Street Enforcers
  • Soldiers/Non Members

Like all gangs, gangster disciples has its fair share of enemies which includes but not limited to People Nation, Black P.Stones, Vice Lords, Bloods, Latin Kings, Surenos, White Supremacist gangs, Nortenos & Black Disciples. Black Disciples often refer to themselves as GDK, meaning Gangster Disciple Killers, and Gangster Disciples often refer to themselves as BDK meaning Black Disciple Killers. The main allies of the Gangster Disciples are Folk Nation gangs, Crips, Zoe Pound, BGF, as well as numerous other gangs.

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ATLANTA - Federal agents have arrested multiple members and associates of the national gang The Gangster Disciples on RICO charges stemming from an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on April 27, 2016. Agents also arrested Gangster Disciples members on a separate indictment handed down in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Atlanta has historically been resistant to the incursion of these national gangs, but unfortunately today’s indictment shows how this landscape has changed in just the last few years, as the Gangster Disciples are only one of several gangs that now boast a strong foothold,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “These charges show how a national gang like Gangster Disciples can wreak havoc here and in communities across the country, with crimes that run the gamut from murder to drug trafficking to credit card fraud. Within Georgia, the leadership of the Gangster Disciples resided mostly in metro Atlanta, yet the reach of the crimes committed extended into far south and west Georgia. We hope this indictment warns the leaders of these gangs that Atlanta is not a good place to do business.”

“It is the very of core of law enforcement’s mission to ensure that everyone feels safe in their homes and neighborhoods, and it is a hard reality that many people across our country simply do not enjoy this basic sense of security because of gangs like the Gangster Disciples,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. “That is why it is so significant that today’s indictments charge top leaders within the Gangster Disciples. There are a lot of people out there willing to join gangs, and eager to get easy money from criminal activity. But there are far fewer people with the wherewithal to lead organizations like the Gangster Disciples. These are the people who keep gangs like the Gangster Disciples alive, year in and year out, generation after generation. Cases like these make a difference, and I want to thank all the law enforcement and U.S. Attorney Office and Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecutors who worked so hard to build this case.”

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“Today’s Gangster Disciple arrests across nine states merely marks the first wave of the FBI’s strategic campaign to dismantle this violent criminal organization. The Gangster Disciples are a highly-organized and ruthless gang that recognizes no geographical boundaries, and its members have far too long indiscriminately preyed upon and infected the good people of our communities like a cancer. The FBI’s Safe Streets Gang Task Forces recognize no boundaries either, and we are committed to identifying, disrupting and dismantling the most violent gangs that seek to harm our communities. The FBI, along with our law enforcement partners, are committed to seeing this campaign through, and once and for all putting an end to the Gangster Disciples’ reign of violence,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: Beginning in 2009, the defendants named in the RICO conspiracy charge committed murder, attempted murder, robbery, extortion, arson, firearm crimes, drug trafficking, wire fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, prostitution and obstruction of justice and other crimes in furtherance of the Gangster Disciples.

The Gangster Disciples are a national gang active in approximately 24 states, including Georgia. The Gangster Disciples brought money into the gang through, among other things, drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion, wire fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud and bank fraud. The gang protected its power and operation through threats, intimidation and violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault, and obstruction of justice. It also promoted the Gangster Disciples enterprise through member-only activities, including conference calls, celebrations of the birthday of the Gangster Disciples founder, the annual Gangster Ball, award ceremonies, and other events.

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The gang also provided financial and other support to members charged with or incarcerated for gang-related offenses, and members who were fugitives from law enforcement would be provided “safe houses” in which to hide from police. To introduce the criminal nature of the Gangster Disciples to a new member, older members and leaders in the various local groups ordered newer members to commit crimes, including murder, robbery and drug trafficking. Further, Gangster Disciples members would teach other members how to commit certain crimes, including fraud crimes, and would provide drugs on discount to other Gangster Disciples members who would then resell the drugs.

Members were organized into different positions, including board members and governor-of-governors who each controlled geographic regions; governors, assistant governors, chief enforcers, and chief of security for each state where Gangster Disciples were active; and coordinators and leaders within each local group. To enforce discipline among Gangster Disciples and adherence to the strict rules and structure, members and associates were routinely fined, beaten, and even murdered, for failing to follow rules.

The indictment alleges that Gangster Disciples members committed 10 murders, 12 attempted murders, two robberies, the extortion of rap artists to force the artists to become affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, and fraud resulting in losses of over $450,000. In addition, the Gangster Disciples trafficked in large amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, illegal prescription drugs, and marijuana. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of 34 different firearms seized as part of the investigation.

In the Georgia indictment alone, the grand jury indicted Gangster Disciples members from multiple cities in the state to include Atlanta, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Marietta, Valdosta, Macon, and Cochran. They also arrested gang members in Birmingham, Alabama; Denver, Colorado; Wichita, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and San Jose, California.

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The RICO conspiracy charge names the following defendants and their alleged roles within the Gangster Disciples:

  • Shauntay Craig, 37, of Birmingham, Alabama, held the rank of Gangster Disciples “Board Member”.

  • Vancito Gumbs, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples while at the same time serving as a police officer with the DeKalb County Police Department.

  • Alonzo Walton, 47, of Atlanta, Georgia, held at different relevant times the positions of governor and governor of governors, the latter position controlling Georgia, Florida, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina.

  • Mangwiro Sadiki-Yisrael, 43, of Marietta, Georgia, held at different relevant times the positions of a first coordinator, assistant governor of Georgia, and governor of Georgia.

  • Kevin Clayton, 43, of Decatur, Georgia, was the chief enforcer for the State of Georgia.

  • Donald Glass, 26, of Decatur, Georgia, served as a first coordinator of the eastside group of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Lewis Mobely, 38, of Atlanta, Georgia, was an enforcer.

  • Vertious Wall, 40, of Marietta, Georgia, was a first coordinator for the Macon Gangster Disciples group.

  • Adrian Jackson, 37, of San Jose, California, was the national treasurer for the Gangster Disciples.

  • Terrence Summers, 45, of Birmingham, Alabama, held at different relevant times the positions of governor of Alabama and governor of governors for Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.

  • Markell White, 43, of Atlanta, Georgia, was a regional leader in Macon.

  • Ronald McMorris, 34, of Atlanta, Georgia, was first coordinator of the Atlanta group.

  • Perry Green, 29, of Decatur, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and acted as enforcer of a Gangster Disciples group.

  • Dereck Taylor, 29, of Macon, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and acted as security for a Macon group.

  • Alvis O’Neal, 37, of Denver, Colorado, was a senior member of and drug trafficker for the Gangster Disciples.

  • Jeremiah Covington, 32, of Valdosta, Georgia, was a first coordinator for the Valdosta region.

  • Antonio Ahmad, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, was the chief of security for the state of Georgia.

  • Eric Manney, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and stored multiple guns at his house.

  • Quiana Franklin, 33, of Birmingham, Alabama, served as treasurer for the state of Alabama.

  • Frederick Johnson, 37, of Marietta, Georgia, was a chief enforcer for a Gangster Disciples group.

  • Charles Wingate, 25, of Conyers, Georgia, was chief of security for a Covington, Georgia, group.

  • Thomas Pasby, 42, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Denise Carter, 41, of Detroit, Michigan, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Carlton King, JR., 25, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Kelvin Sneed, 26, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Arrie Freeney, 32, of Detroit, Michigan, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Myrick Stevens, 26, of Madison, Wisconsin, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Curtis Thomas, 45, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Yohori Epps, 36, of Marietta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

  • Michael Drummound, 49, of Marietta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

In addition to the RICO conspiracy:

  • Defendant Lewis Mobely was charged with committing attempted murder in aid of racketeering and using a firearm during that shooting; possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it; and possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug charge.

  • Defendant Donald Glass was charged with committing a murder in aid of racketeering and using a firearm during that murder.

Defendants Alonzo Walton and Antonio Ahmad were also charged with carjacking. A third defendant, Laderris Dickerson, 45, of Chicago, Illinois, has been charged with the carjacking, but is not charged in the RICO conspiracy.

Defendant James Travis Riley, 35, of Wichita, Kansas¸ has been charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, but is not charged in the RICO conspiracy.

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Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Atlanta’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force (composed of members of the FBI, Alpharetta Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, Clayton County Police Department, DeKalb Police Department, Forest Park Police Department, Georgia Dept. of Community Supervision, Georgia Dept. of Corrections, Gwinnett County Police Department, and Marietta Police Department), Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Services.

Assistant United States Attorneys Kim S. Dammers, Stephanie Gabay-Smith, and Ryan K. Buchanan, and DOJ Organized Crime & Gang Section Trial Attorney Hans B. Miller are prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at [email protected] or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated May 4, 2016