Grape Street Watts Crips

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Grape Street Watts Crips
Founding locationWatts, Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1970s - present
EthnicityAfrican Americans, Hispanics
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, burglary, identification theft, car theft, kidnapping
RivalsBounty Hunter Bloods

The Grape Street Watts Crips (known by the acronyms JDC, GST, WBLC, and GSW) is an African-American Crips subset based in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. They're known for being the first original Crip set in Watts. The majority of the gang's members were located in the Jordan Downs Housing Project, and they were named after a north-south street in Watts near 103rd street.[citation needed]. The gang's rivalry with the Bounty Hunter Bloods has been described as being "the most violent and long lasting feud between two gangs that are in the Watts area."[1]

History[edit]

Since the Jordan Downs Community was built it was a predominantly black area. In the 1950s and 1960s an early club known as "The Farmers” from Watts was based in Jordan Downs. During the 1970s, the gang's neighborhood originally contained a Mexican-American and African-American gang called Watts Varrio Grape (WVG). When the Mexican gangs in Los Angeles had started to align themselves under the wing of Sureños, the Mexican members started the Watts Varrio Grape Street 13 gang. The African-American members established the Eastside Watts Varrio Grape gang.

Brandon "BL" Bullard, a veteran member of the Grape Street Watts Crips was murdered by the East Coast Crips. The murder of Bullard sparked a war that resulted in 26 wounded and 9 dead.[2]

Media appearances[edit]

Members of the Grape Street Watts Crips have appeared in the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, directed by Stacy Peralta.[3] Members have also been interviewed in Gangland on the History Channel. and at the TV Show Southland. The gang is also featured in the film "Menace II Society" with the main characters being Grape St. Crips. The gangs colors, hand signals, and actual Street all being featured in the film. Real members also appear within the film as background extras.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. CORDELL HAWKINS, Defendant and Appellant" (PDF). Superior Court of Los Angeles County. June 8, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Temple-Rastan, Dina (June 8, 2008). "Cops Target L.A. Gangs' 'Shot Callers'". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Stacy Peralta (Director) (January 20, 2008). Crips and Bloods: Made in America (Motion picture). United States: PBS.

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