So much for the “master race.”
Federal authorities in Louisiana recently indicted eight members of a neo-Nazi gang for the 2016 killing of a fellow gang member after they inadvertently revealed plans to cover up the murder while on the phone with a 911 operator.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting of Aryan Circle gang member Clifton Hallmark had raised immediate suspicions among local deputies. The victim’s wife and another woman called in the shooting of Hallmark from a gas station. But according to local ABC news affiliate KATC, during the call the 911 operator overheard the second woman tell Hallmark’s wife: “We are going to tell them he got robbed, OK?”
When the police arrived, they found Hallmark with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at the hospital. The women, who also belong to the gang, claimed that all three of them had arrived at the gas station 20 to 30 minutes earlier and, during a robbery there, Hallmark had been shot.
Deputies, however, confronted the women with all the contradictory evidence, which included their accidental confession, security footage showing them placing the 911 call right after arriving at the gas station, as well as the lack of blood spatter or shell casings at the scene. After initially blaming the confusion on having taken illegal drugs and a lack of sleep, the victim’s wife eventually admitted that her husband had been shot at nearby house party where Aryan Circle members had been celebrating Independence Day.
According to the Justice Department indictment, it was another Aryan Circle member, 38-year-old Jeremy Jordan, who shot Hallmark after an intra-gang dispute at the party. Seven other gang members, including Hallmark’s wife, have been charged as accessories-after-the-fact to the murder, with the accidental confession to 911 a key component of the case.
The indictment also offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most violent, neo-Nazi gangs in the region. The Aryan Circle began in the Texas prison system in 1985 as an offshoot of the white supremacist gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Since then, the Aryan Circle has expanded across the southern United States and now has an established hierarchy with six branches, including a presence in prisons in multiple states as well as a motorcycle gang. Hallmark, along with the eight people charged with his murder, all reportedly belonged to the biker gang.
As the Justice Department explains, violent retribution is a common theme within the Aryan Circle. Senior members of the gang often mete out discipline within the ranks via direct orders (“D.O.”). These can range from minor punishments to physical assaults. The most serious D.O. is a "Green Light," according to the Justice Department, which “means the murder of a rival gang member or of an AC member or associate who had committed an egregious violation of the gang's rules.”