Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Organized Crime Argumentative Essay by Nicky

A look at outlaw motorcycle gangs and organized crime.
# 150226 | 1,656 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper examines organized crime in the US, focusing on the phenomena of outlaw motorcycle gangs such as Hell's Angels. First, the paper discusses the history of organized crime in America, starting with the prohibition era. Then, it addresses contemporary gang culture in the US, which has emerged in urban areas. Here, entire local communities have been terrorized by violent street gangs. Next, the paper addresses why community members do not come forward to report violence. The paper then explores outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs), which have also have played a significant role in contemporary organized crime since their evolution from social organizations of the 1950s and early 1960s. It further shows how these groups have become nationwide, and in some cases, international criminal enterprises. The origins of OMG's are described and today's largest are named. The paper concludes by addressing the connection between OMG's and South American drug lords.


The Modern History of Organized Crime in America
The Origin of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Hell's Angels
Mongols and Banditos

From the Paper:

"Domestically, a gang culture has also emerged in urban areas throughout the U.S. in which entire local communities are terrorized by violent street gangs, such as the Crips and Bloods and their many subsets and affiliated gangs. In addition to being responsible for drug trafficking, prostitution, and other major crimes in American cities, these criminal organizations are notorious for their hatred of law enforcement and have perpetrated numerous attacks in which police officers have been murdered. Likewise, civilians living in gang-dominated communities have been extremely reluctant to cooperate with police efforts to address gang-related crimes because of the propensity of these remorselessly violent street gangs to kill civilians who cooperate with criminal investigations or who testify against them at trial."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Henslin, J. (2002). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Macionis, J. (2003). Sociology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Pinizzotto, A., Davis, E., and Miller, C. "Street Gang Mentality: A Mosaic of Remorseless Violence and Relentless Loyalty." FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2007: 1-7.
  • Schmalleger, F. (2008). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century. Hoboken, NJ: Prentice Hall

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