Members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang like tattoos. Nazi flags, swastikas, iron eagles, and Schutzstaffel “SS” lightening bolts are popular. But one design in particular, called the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas patch, according to federal court documents, is of particular significance. The patch’s shape and design can vary, but it usually includes a shield, a sword, a swastika, and a crown, with the letters “A” and “B” along with the Nazi “SS” above the shield and the word “Texas” below. The patch can only be worn by “fully made” members of the gang, who generally ascend to that status by committing a “blood-tie” on behalf of the gang. In other words: aggravated assault or murder.
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