By Herbert C. Covey
"This publication presents a concise and fascinating exam of the lifestyle of the Crips and Bloods--the infamous road gangs that began in la, yet have now unfold during the United States"--
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40. Vistica, Op. cit. 41. ), 7. 42. , 8. 43. Wayne S. Wooden, Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws: From Youth Culture to Delinquency (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1995), 136. Crips and Bloods have also been identified in prison systems outside of the United States. 44. A. Gang War (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006), 81. 45. ’s Most Notorious Gang (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005), 98. 46. Mark S. Fleisher and Scott H. ” Corrections Management Quarterly 5 (2001), 1–9. 47. For a journalistic overview of how prison gangs control the streets, see Ross Kemp, Ross Kemp on Gangs Los Angeles (London: British Sky Broadcasting, 2008).
1 —Bopete, Crip Much has been written about Crip and Blood gang culture and individual members, but there is surprisingly little information on the organizational characteristics of these two gangs. Although both gangs have existed since the late 1960s, very few descriptions of their size, structure, operations, and other organizational characteristics exist. 2 We should know more given their longevity but for whatever reason, few researchers and outsiders have penetrated either gang. Consequently, we are left with accounts from past and present members along with occasional journalistic depictions.
It was triggered by what happened to Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man. Frye was pulled over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The highway patrol officer, convinced Frye was intoxicated, ordered the vehicle impounded. When Frye’s mother, the owner of the car, arrived on the scene, the situation escalated and became physical when pushing started. Police backup was called and arrived to find that a large hostile crowd had 19 20 Crips and Bloods gathered. In the eyes of the black community, the stop and overreaction provided just another example of police brutality and mistreatment of people of color.