AirTalk for March 22, 2013

Is the killing of a Colorado prison official connected to white supremacy groups?

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday.

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday.

The complex case involving the deaths of a chief of Colorado prisons and a pizza delivery man is under investigation. The suspect, Evan Spencer Ebel, was a Colorado parolee who was killed today in a shootout with Texas police after a car chase.  His car, a black Cadillac, is similar to one that was seen near the home of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements just before he was shot. 

Various news organizations are reporting that Ebel belonged to a white supremacist prison gang call the 211 Crew, and there's speculation that the gang was connected to Clements' killing.  Patt's guests explore the history and sociology of the Aryan Brotherhood and  white supremacy movements  in the United States and their role in other murders.

Why do racially driven gangs exist in prisons? How do they operate? Do released gang members support those still in prison?

Guests:
Pete Simi, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska and co-author with Robert Futrell of "American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s the Hidden Spaces of Hate" (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010)

Carla Hill, investigator and researcher for the Anti-Defamation League; one area of their research focuses on domestic extremists in America


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