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Benjamin Davis, founder of white supremacist 211 Crew, found dead behind bars

August 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Benjamin Davis, founder of white supremacist 211 Crew, found dead behind bars

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Benjamin Davis, the leader of a white supremacist prison gang named the “211 Crew” was fopund dead  behind bars.

The Denver Post reported that Benjamin Davis’ death is “being viewed as a suicide,” according to Colorado Department of Corrections spokesperson Mark Fairbairn, who did not provide additional details as to when or where Davis was discovered.

The 211 Crew gained national headlines after one of its members, Evan Ebel, killed Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements back in 2013.

Ebel, who was dress as a pizza deliveryman, shot and killed Clements in front of his residence in Monument, Colorado. The parolee was killed in a gun battle after a police chase in Wise County, Texas.

A review of the assassination determined that Ebel was in contact with multiple associates of the 211 Crew before the slaying.

Authorities in Colorado are investigating the death of 42-year-old white supremacist Benjamin Davis, whose body was found in a prison on Saturday

“The murder of the Department of Corrections director was ordered by the hierarchy of the 211 prison crew,” a Texas Ranger report of the case stated.

The 42-year-old started the group in 1995 in a prison cell in Colorado after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of black prisoners who broke his jaw.

“Benjamin’s jaw was so broken, he had to hold it with his hands,” his father, Israel Davis, said to a judge back in 2007.

“Two inmates were beating and attempting to throw him over the railing when another black inmate whom Benjamin had known ran up and saved him,” his father added. “Otherwise, he would have been killed.”

Davis and several other white inmates “devised a plan” to defend themselves.

They wrote “211 Gang” with soap on walls throughout the prison.

“Although there were four of them, the plan was to make it seem as though there were much more,” his father said.

His son has a long history of issues relating to mental illness, the letter seeking leniency argued.

As head of 211 Crew, he is alleged to have been involved in the 2013 murder of Tom Clements (above), the former head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections

In 1994, Benjamin Davis, who was 19 at the time, went on a burglary spree in Denver and shot a man during one of the incidents.

One year later, he established the 211 Crew, which signifies the California penal code for robbery.

Officials said that the group became a violent force behind bars and on the outside, threatening to murder anyone who disrespected them.

Members have been linked to smuggling drugs into prison, and anyone who disobeyed from the group’s strict rules was brutally attacked.

In 2004, 19 gang members were slapped with new charges including racketeering, assault, and drug-dealing.

The racist gang had as many as 300 associates at the time, a detective investigating the organization indicated.

In 2007, Davis was sentenced to an additional 108 years behind bars on a racketeering conviction.

“The long and short, Mr. Davis, is you don’t need to be on the streets in 40 or 50 years,” District Judge William Robbins said at the time. “Your sentence was supposed to rehabilitate the defendant. It failed miserably.”

He was in jail for a 30-year robbery and first-degree assault conviction.

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