Westside Crips of South Los Angeles

The Westside Crips were a predominately African-American street gang that formed around 1970 or 1971 in the area just west of Vermont Avenue from approximately Gage Avenue (north) to Imperial Highway (south). The two main areas of the Westside Crips was the community around Washington High School on Denker Avenue in an area commonly referred to as “The 100s” and the area around St. Andrews Park off Manchester.

In 1972 members of the Westside Crips were charged with the 1972 murder of Robert Ballou that occurred outside the Palladium in Hollywood, but years later it was revealed that the four adults sentenced to prison were not directly involved in the assault with Ballou. Westside Crips Bobby Creer, Judson Bacot, Ricardo Sims and James Cunningham were sentenced to prison.

By 1973 several Westside Crips members began to create and carve out new identities starting in “the 100s” with the formation of Blocc Crips, NeighborHood Blocc Crips and the UnderGround Crips.

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