Wisconsin man seeks freedom in Gangster Disciples case

ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for a Wisconsin man targeted in a nationwide probe of Gangster Disciples street gang members say he should be freed while awaiting trial and allowed to return home, where he contributes to the arts and music scenes there.

A pair of indictments unsealed this month in federal courts in Atlanta and Memphis, Tennessee, name 48 defendants arrested in nine states – Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin. They’re accused of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, robbery, and carjacking.

Attorneys for LaDerris Dickerson say he’s a co-founder of “The Hops Museum” in Madison, Wisconsin, which includes a brewing museum and creative space for artists and entrepreneurs.

Prosecutors say Dickerson was involved in a carjacking.

His attorney says he denies the allegation, and that the indictment doesn’t describe him as a gang member.