The Department of Justice brought charges against eight alleged members of a white supremacist organization for their reported involvement in one of their member’s murder.
The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, charged seven members of the Aryan Circle with being accessories to and aiding in the 2016 Louisiana murder of Clifton Hallmark, according to a Department of Justice press release. Aryan Circle gang member Jeremy Jordan has also been charged with Hallmark’s murder.
The Aryan Circle, a white supremacist prison gang, first started in a Texas prison in the 1980s and eventually spread its reach to security facilities and other areas in Texas, Louisiana and Missouri.
“The indictment further alleges that the AC enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the organization. Members, and oftentimes, associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members without question,” the DOJ said in its release.
Justice Department Criminal Division Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan and U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook of the Western District of Louisiana announced the indictment Tuesday.
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