Who Are the Latin Kings?

The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation is the oldest and largest Hispanic gang in the United States. The Latin Kings came into existence in Chicago, Illinois, in 1940.

The Latin Kings' founders were Puerto Rican immigrants, whose unification movement originated as a Hispanic prisoners’ rights group in the Chicago area. Eventually, they spread throughout U.S. prisons. The gang is well-known for its hierarchical organizational structure with lots of so-called chapters and tribes.

Gang members usually wear three-point stars, five-point stars, lions or King Master's drawings as their symbols. Traditional symbols are accompanied with abbreviations of the gang name, the number and the name of the tribe and the city.