I found this article about banger thinking. Nothing really surprising to me but thought it is worth sharing
Inside the minds of gang members
Originally Posted by Glenn D. FrankovisStreet Gang Mentality
from the September 2007 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
I am a 1988 graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 11 week management training program for law enforcement officers. The FBI has a Law Enforcement magazine that they send to graduates on a monthly basis. The September issue includes the above article written by Anthony J. Pinizotto, PhD (senior scientist and clinical forensic psychologist in the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI Academy); Edward F. Davis, M.S. (instructor in the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI Academy); and Charles E. Miller III (head of the Officer Safety Research and Training Program of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division). These three authors have conducted “more than 20 years of research on violence against law enforcement officers” and “have interviewed hundreds of offenders either housed in various prisons throughout the U.S. or following release from these institutions after serving their sentences”.
This article includes quotes from some of the gang members interviewed. I am going to share those quotes with you word for word as written in the article.
1. “When I turned 16, that’s when I basically started shooting people, putting in work and all. In my neighborhood, people feared me. They feared me because I didn’t have no problems with taking a life. I mean, you know, you disrespect me or do something wrong to me, you’ll die for it.”
2. “I’m a ghetto track star. I’ve been running all my life. [The officer] ain’t gonna catch me. If I wouldn’t have waited on him, he would have never caught me…. I ran around the corner, and I waited on him. He came around the corner; I shot.”
(Note to the readers of this blog: I graduated from the Police Academy with a guy who was killed in just this way.)
3. “The police officer don’t get as much work as I do. I mean, when it comes to shooting and stuff like that, I do every day, so a police officer cannot intimidate me…. And, here I am a thug on the street been shooting and killing people all my life and why am I gonna let a guy that just went through the police academy and I’ve been out here in the war zone all my life…. Why am I gonna have respect for him? I’m not gonna have respect for him because he’s trying to stop what I’m trying to do…. So, you know, he can go ahead and do his job, but just don’t go overboard. ‘Cause if you go overboard, then some bullets are gonna come flying at you.”
4. “People that I grew up around got shot. Then, I knew friends, you know, that I went to see, friends laying in a hospital bed, stomach all stitched up, and I knew that I was definitely not gonna be one of them ones that got shot. So, if I even felt as though a person was a threat or any type of flinch or any type of indication that somebody was gonna pull a gun on me or try to pull a knife or try to hurt me, he was gonna get shot first.”
5. “We used to enjoy watching the news to see the work that we put in it. But, it got to the point we were putting in so much work, shooting so many people, I mean, we ain’t even watched the news no more. The stuff didn’t even matter anymore. We were just out there.”
Prior to the quotes, the authors issue the following warning to law enforcement officers.
“All officers would do well to study these statements to gain insight into the minds of individuals who have exhibited cold-blooded and remorseless behavior toward those charged with enforcing this nation’s laws.”
KF NOTE: Frankovis is the police captain who was demoted by outgoing Milwaukee Police Chief Nan Hegerty because Frankovis used the word “thug” to refer to a “thug.” We need more Frankovis’ and fewer Hegerty’s.