LATIN KINGS

PSEUDONYMNS: Almighty Latin King Nation (ALKN), Almighty Latin Charter Nation (ALCN), Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN)

 

HISTORY: The Latin Kings formed in Chicago in the mid-1960s with the goal of helping Puerto Rican immigrants overcome racial prejudice by forming an organization of "Kings"

 

MEMBERSHIP: The Latin Kings are highly organized and gang leadership exists at the national, regional, and local levels. Membership is governed by a constitution with established rules and by-laws. The gang consists predominately of Puerto Rican males; however, the gang has begun to accept other nationalities, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Caribbean, and South Americans. Some Latin King chapters also have female associates, commonly referred to as Latin Queens. Latin King chapters are present nationwide with an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 members residing in 34 states. Chicago police estimate that nearly 25,000 Latin King members reside within the Chicago area alone.

 

LOCATIONS: While active in 34 states, the Latin Kings can be found primarily in Chicago (where they are the largest street gang), New York, Texas, and Florida. Open source reporting indicates that Latin King chapters exist in Central America and Spain.

 

IDENTIFIERS

GANG SYMBOL: Lion wearing a crown or a 5-pointed crown
 
INDENTIFYING COLOR: yellow or gold.
 
GRAFITTI: Often includes a lion wearing a crown or a 5-pointed crown accompanied by the initials "LK"
 

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