Sixteen members of the ‘Unforgiven’ White Supremacist gang, based in Florida, have been charged with a 12-count racketeering indictment, which accuses them of kidnapping, murder, assault, and other offenses.
The Department of Justice said on Thursday, July 15, that these guys, who went by the names Shrek, Pretty Boy, and Scumbag, gathered intelligence and smuggled contraband to convicts using “corrupt law enforcement officers and state employees.”
Individuals were forced to study “Aryan philosophy” and commit extreme acts of violence in order to become members of “Unforgiven,” according to NBC News. Additionally, swastikas, iron crosses, and SS bolts were mandatory tattoos. Participants were also required to pay dues and attend regular meetings known as “Church,” according to court documents obtained by the news outlet. The indictment also stated that the group holds and expands its power through “recruitment, indoctrination of white supremacist ideology, pursuit of business and political leadership, intimidation, and threats and acts of violence.”
The organization was labeled as a white supremacist prison gang by the Anti-Defamation League. The group was formed in part to protest what it was described as a “perceived continual and almost savage mistreatment of whites” in Florida prisons.
If convicted, three of the members, George “Shrek” Andrews, Joshua “Chain Gang” Wilson, and Brandon “Scumbag” Welch, may face up to 30 years in prison. Among the incidents reported is one that occurred after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. Unforgiven member, David Howell, assaulted participants in the Peace Walk for Black Lives on June 5, 2020, in Brooksville, Florida, during the protests that followed, according to the indictment. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Loxahatchee, Florida resident was arrested by Hernando County Sheriff’s officers at the time on charges of inappropriate display of a dangerous weapon and resisting an officer without violence. Howell was accused of concealing a machete beneath his shirt and lifting his shirt to show demonstrators his weapon.
Amy Filjones, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office, said four of the men were in state jail and 11 were in federal detention on Thursday. Meanwhile, Joshua Hall, also known as K9, 42, of Wildwood, Florida, was still on the loose. If proven guilty, the individuals in detention face a range of punishments, including up to 20 years in prison.