Nazi Low Riders

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    Status: Active
    AKA: Nazi Lowriders, Never Lose Respect, NLR, No Longer Racist
    Formed: Late 1970s
    Areas of Operation: United States; Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah
    Headquarters: United States; Southern California
    Ideology: Social (White Supremacist)
    Group: 1,000 members
    Leader: Michael "Snake" Bridge, Joseph "Blue" Lowry
    Group Affiliates: Aryan Brotherhood (AB), Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Public Enemy Number One (PEN1)
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      Organizational History

      The aim of the Nazi Low Riders is to ensure the protection of incarcerated whites and “to rid the streets of blacks.”

      The Nazi Low Riders (NLR) grew out of the Aryan Brotherhood (AB) when its leader solicited several fellow prisoners in California institutions to act as the strong-arm of the Aryan Brotherhood. Since then, the group has become one of the fastest growing prison gangs. In addition, released NLR members continue to play an active role in the organization. They are often recognized by racist tattoos such as SWP (Supreme White Power), White Power, NLR, swastikas, and 88 (Heil Hitler).

      Structure

      The Nazi Low Riders are subordinate to the Aryan Brotherhood. Within this framework, the group has a rigid hierarchical structure. Two factions have begun distinguishing themselves among the group; one led by Michael Bridge, which is encouraging members to disaffiliate themselves with the AB, and the other led by Joseph Lowry, who is calling for a more rigid ideology, closer to that of the AB.

      Arsenal

      The group is believed to stockpile large numbers of weapons. In past seizures by law enforcement, upwards of fifty guns, including fully automatic weapons, have been located.

      Funding

      The Nazi Low Riders use production and trade of methamphetamine to fund their operations, in addition to other criminal enterprises such as robbery and extortion.

      Recruitment

      The group targets young incarcerated offenders for early recruitment. In the past, the rule has been that the individual must be at least half-white, with no “black blood” in order to gain membership. However, the Aryan Brotherhood (AB) has directed that the group must stop accepting members who are not purely white. Many members have rejected the directive, but the Aryan Brotherhood has issued orders to murder any Nazi Low Rider who defies it.

      Tactics

      The NLR is particularly violent, relying on ambush attacks with bladed weapons. In addition, the group uses small arms and fully automatic weapons in its attacks outside of prison. Violent NLR activity outside of prison, including aggravated assault of racial minorities, dates back to the early 1990s.[1]

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      Alleged member of the NLR.[2]

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      Alleged members of the NLR.[2]

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      Member of the NLR, David William Hess, was convicted of carjacking a former associate of NLR in 2009. He received a sentence of 15 years to life for previous convictions.[3]
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      Member of the NLR, Dion Milam, allegedly called Hess from prison and instructed him to rob the former NLR associate. Milam is serving a life sentence for murder.[3]

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      NLR tattoo; many members try to hide their tattoos from authorities and the public by placing them in an area which can be covered by clothes or their hair (if grown out).[4]

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      NLR tattoo.[5]

      References

      1. Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nazi Low Riders: A prison gang emerges in California. Retrieved January 30, 2006, from [1]
      2. Detroit Road Devils. (2010, March 14). NLR: This is the goofiest shit I've ever seen. DetroitRoadDevils.Blogspot.Com. Retrieved from [2]
      3. Anti-Defamation League. (n.d.). Nazi Low Riders: A prison gang emerges in California (Background). Retrieved from [3]
      4. Valdemar, R. (2006, February 1). Murder ink. Police Magazine. Retrieved from [4]
       

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