West Side Play Boy Gangster Crips [PBGC] are a predominately African-American street gang located in a West LA neighborhood west of La Cienaga Boulevard along Corning Avenue. At their height, this neighborhood’s their turf went from the Santa Monica 10 Freeway (south) to 18th Street (north) from La Cienaga (east) to Robertson (west) during the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1987, then City Attorney James Hahn, requested the first injunction against an entire gang in this neighborhood. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed and appeal on behalf of the PBGS and a judge eventually denied Hahn’s request because the gang injunction as it was written was a violation of the First Amendment right of freedom of association to the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process.
A couple months later, Hahn went back to court with a modified version of his initial injunction and was able to get a judge to approve a preliminary injunction against the ACLU’s recommendations.
Since the 1980s, this mostly African-American community has seen an influx of Hispanic immigrants into this working class neighborhood that has reduced the size of the Black community and the membership of the gang, which still exists in the same area.