Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles requested a ruling Monday that would block members of the notorious Mongols motorcycle gang from wearing or distributing its trademarked logo or using its name, reports the city’s Times. If a judge signs the order, the government would own the logo and the club's name. This is the first time the U.S. government has sought control of a gang's identity through a court order. The U.S. attorney's office said the insignia — a pony-tailed man riding a chopper — is “closely identified with the organization,” and that by removing access to the logo, the Mongols would be further prevented from operating.
“This patch is a central element of the identity of the gang. We're trying to dismantle a criminal organization, and we're trying to use whatever tools we can to do it,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. “In this case it shows our determination to go after this organization as a whole — top to bottom leadership — and after the proceeds of criminal activity.” A 2008 racketeering indictment accused Mongols members of murder, drug trafficking and torture. More than 100 people faced charges in state and federal courts, and Mrozek said dozens have been found guilty.