US gang culture overflowing in UK: was it a reason for the August Riots?

US gang culture overflowing in UK: was it a reason for the August Riots?

Birmingham : United Kingdom | Aug 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM PDT
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Names like “The Burger Bar Boys”, “The Cash or Slash Money Crew”, “The Bang Bang Gang”, aren’t out of a Hollywood movie, but are rather names of leading gangs in Birmingham. The riots which shook the British government, terrorized innocent civilians have said to be carried out by England’s very own underground gangs.

Ever since the massive riots, people have wondered what went wrong and how the police were unable to predict such a massive plot. Within hours after the riots, the mayhem in the country urged British authorities to show the suspects behind the annihilation.

British Prime Minster David Cameron, said he believed that the gangs could be the most prominent figure behind these riots. Furthermore he showed interest in seeking the help American Intelligence already working to meet the gangs operating within the United States to help Britain fight its own gangs.

British police revealed that the gang members have their own culture, which follows the same patterns found within some of the Hollywood movies, rap songs, gangster films and crime dramas.

According to Carl Fellstrom, an expert on English gangs and the author of a recent book on the topic, “hoods”, said “these teenage gangsters are creating their own criminal worlds, and in their minds it’s very much an Americanized world, “when they talk about the police it’s the “fed’s” or the Hawaii 5-0”.

British Prime Minster told The House of Commons that these gangs, are made by youngsters coming from “territorial, hierarchical and incredibly violent dysfunctional homes, their means of earning are selling drugs, robbery, and following their gang leader.”

Police recovered the stored loot from the week’s riots at a house of a gang member in Birmingham. The house was of a Gang called “BMW” in short of Birmingham’s most wanted. The loot included electronics, high-end fashion apparel, jewelery, CCTV, etc.

People living in the neighborhood declared that the Items stolen from shops and people's homes sold in alleys behind the residence blocks of these bang members. A gang member reported to police “were going for one tent of their sticker price… we don’t take Visa but we do home delivery.”

English gangs have their own identities based upon the postal codes of their gang names. This trend is also a replica of the American gang trend of painting graffiti marking the areas where these gangs run.

August riots have brought about special attention towards these ever-growing gangs and British government is eager to disunite these gangs.

Karen McCluskey Director of Scotland’s violence reduction unit in 2008 held her first Boston style mass meeting with gang members in a Glasgow court-house. Gang members listened to their own intelligence reports police had against them. A similar method would have to be used by the British authorities to demolish the growing gang culture in UK.


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rabiazaid is based in South Barrington, Illinois, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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