Former Police Officer Was Gangster Disciples Hit Man, Gets 15 Years In Prison For Ridin’ Dirty

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Former Police Officer Was Gangster Disciples Hit Man, Gets 15 Years In Prison For Ridin’ Dirty Photo: In this undated photo released by the DeKalb County (Ga.) Police Department, Vancito Gumbs poses for a photo, in Georgia( DeKalb County Police Department via AP)

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta announced this week that a former Georgia police officer from Stone Mountain, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Vancito Gumbs, 28, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy involving murder.

Gumbs was recorded by federal agents informing gang leaders by telephone about law enforcement activity, Action News Jax reported. He was a DeKalb County officer at the time of the recordings, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. Gumbs was convicted in May 2019 for his involvement with the Gangster Disciples.

News of Gumbs’ gang membership hit Twitter. One user posted, “We really need to thoroughly vet would-be police officers considering that just about anyone can join the force including gangsters and nationalists.”

Another tweeted, “Its because the police department is a gang in itself & this nigga went undercover & infiltrated i like it”

In May 2016 following a three-year investigation, an indictment was filed in Atlanta federal court naming 32 people including Gumbs. A second indictment in Memphis, Tennessee, charged 16 more. The 48 alleged gang members were accused of participating in coordinated criminal activity including murder, drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion and fraud, NBC News reported.

Gumbs resigned in October 2019 after he was reported for using drugs, according to DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy.

An Army veteran, Gumbs had been deployed to the Middle East.

He allegedly confessed in a confiscated text message to being a “gd hitman” while he was serving as a police officer, according to the Department of Justice. He allegedly provided a firearm to a fellow gang member.

The police interpreted “gd” as Gangster Disciples.

A street gang that formed in the South Side of Chicago in the late 1960s, Gangster Disciples grew to have 40,000 members around the U.S., from teens to people in their ’70s. Gangster Disciples was founded by Larry Hoover, leader of the Supreme Gangsters, and David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples, who united to form one gang.

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The Gangster Disciples were responsible for 24 shootings, including 12 murders, between 2011 and 2015, the DOJ claims.

Gumbs’ attorneys and family denied that he was a hitman, and that the text was taken out of context.  

According to his attorney, the text was about what Gumbs said he’d done in the Middle East and that the “gd” stood for “goddamn,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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