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The Way of the Crips Los Angeles By 10 am the Playboy Gangster Crips are hanging down on Corning Street calling each other Cuz sipping quarts of Old English 800 Malt Liquor The graffiti on the building behind them is theirs So is the broken beer bottle glass on the piece of dirt front yard Theyre listening to rap tunes blaring out of an enormous boom box radio They punch each other in the shoulder and laugh at jokes only they understand The PBGs are open for business If youve got 100 drive by and theyll sell you a gram of cocaine Count on it theyre never out Thats why theyre festooned with gold chains as thick as ships rope Its always this way on Corning Street Its this way on lots of streets in Los Angeles Gangs flourish in Los Angeles the current gang capital of the US in spite of increased community and police efforts This city has 750 gangs and there are distinctions among them but the similarities outnumber the differences Theyre powerful theyve got money they control turf most sell drugs and they kill to protect all of it A background check on the ever growing Crips can lead one to thinking one word fear The Crips began as a predominately all male black and Hispanic street gang in southern Los Angeles California in 1969 Active and highly successful in the drug trade members of the gang are now being discovered in numerous other cities and states where they are attempting to control the drug trade The word crip was believed to be developed by the fact that members wanted the hardest and toughest thing imaginable thus they came up with Superman and the only thing that could hurt him was Kryptonite- this was shortened to Crip So how do people know that the Crips are spreading and are being discovered not just in California The
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