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Organized crime includes biker gangs


Chicago Sun-Times, May 19, 2015

Regarding the biker killings in Waco, Texas, it is interesting to note that reporters and law enforcement officials are finally using the phrase "organized crime" to describe them.

Back in the 1980s, when he was New York's state's attorney before becoming mayor, Rudy Giuliani held a press conference in which he identified bikers as one of the numerous organized crime groups his office regularly prosecuted. Giuliani's main gripe was that the media never publicized the very negative doings of these ne'er-do-wells.

Instead, the focus, then and now, has been on geriatric gangsters with Italian last names, doing perp walks to courthouses using wheelchairs and walkers. Or some two-bit thug who has watched too many Hollywood gangster movies is treated as "proof" that the Chicago Outfit is still a major criminal force.

There are probably more biker gangs in America (and have been) than there are, or were, "goodfellas." And their drug dealing and violence has gone under the radar for decades, up until this weekend.

The media is now using a spotlight rather than a narrow beam on the subject of "organized crime." Bravo!

Bill Dal Cerro, Chicago office
Italic Institute of America

 
 

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