Thursday, October 11, 2012

Grape Street Watts Crips (gang)

Grape Street Watts Crips (gang)

Grape Street Watts Crips
Years active
1980s – present
Criminal activities

The Grape Street Watts Crips is a large black street gang from the Watts section of Los Angeles, California. In addition to wearing blue, the Grape Street Watts sport the color purple to signify Grape Street, a north-south street in Watts and 103rd in the heart of their neighborhood.

Territory and turf
They occupy the Jordan Downs Housing Projects and attend Jordan High School, located adjacent to the Jordan Downs. The Grape Street Crips have several clicks that make up the entire neighborhood, including Baby Locs, Peta Roll Squad, Peta Roc Squad, Peta Loc Squad, Parolee Squad, 95th, Bandera Blocc 97, 103rd, Dust Town Crip, Dust Town Hoggs, and Tip Top.
Their territory encompasses an area from 97th Street (north) to 107th Street (south) between Wilmington Avenue (west) and Alameda Street (east). The Grape Street Watts Crips, the largest Crip neighborhood in Watts at 0.394 square miles, comprise the second largest overall black gang in the area, second only to the Bounty Hunters.

Recent history
In the beginning, their neighborhood was called Watts Varrio Grape (WVG), which included both Black and Latino members. When Latino members aligned themselves with the Sureños banner (gang), they changed their name to South Side Watts Varrio Grape Street 13, and still closely ally themselves with the Grape Street Watts Crips. The Black members were formally known as East Side Watts Varrio Grape, but by around 1986-87, the new Black members were known as East Side Grape Street Watts Baby Loc Crips. Crips.

Relationships with other gangs

The largest rivalry for the Grape Street Watts Crips has historically been the Bounty Hunters Bloods, but since the truce of 1992, the intensity of their rivalry has diminished significantly since the 1980s. Other enemies of the Grape Street Watts Crips include the PJ Watts Crips, Hacienda Village Bloods, the Fruit Town Pirus, Circle City Piru, Ten Line Gangster Crips, all East Coast Crips, Fudge Town Mafia Crips, all Watts Mafia Crips, the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips and Florencia 13.

Allies of the Grape Street Watts Crips include the Carver Park Compton Crips, Nutty Blocc Compton Crips, Mona Park Compton Crips, Eight Tray Gangster Crips and Rollin 30's Harlem Crips, Farm Dog Compton Crips, Acacia Blocc Compton Crips, Spook Town Compton Crips & the 52 Hoover Gangster Crips.

Media appearances
The Grape Street Watts Crips have appeared in the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, directed by Stacy Peralta. They have made been interviewed on several television shows, including Gangland on the History Channel, and several National Geographic specials[citation needed

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