89 East Coast Crip had did it for 30 years in South LA; Now works with youth

Alex A. Alonso for StreetGangs.Com
March 19. 2010

Charles “Bear” Spratley is an OG Crip from 89 East Coast Crip, but him and a bunch of his homies are now part of a gang prevention organization call BABY (Brothers Against Banging Youths). Can you imagine 30 years on the streets bangin’ and now a father of four kids and giving back to the community in a real way,

Bear is an example of how you can not only transition away from gang bangin, but you can do it in your own community. The myth is that once in the gang always in it, or you can’t leave the gang without repercussions, but Bear is an example of a respected individual that now works on youth development in his hood.

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20 Comments for “89 East Coast Crip had did it for 30 years in South LA; Now works with youth”

  1. Glen

    I think what he said was true “we have to do it ourselves” that means to not lean on the city or the police to help or blankist. the elite clblank of L.A (all races black white hispanic) dont care nor want change… they like the fact that they can do a numbers game and press the federal government for money and resources. I think a lot of black people are figuring out that its a clblank war and cash war with the politicians and not about race or creed…. it really is a clblank war.. I am white and cannot afford to go to school this year.. so ill keep making 15 dollars an hour.

  2. Matt

    The other thing he said that’s really true is that it’s not a family in most gangs. Probably about half of the gangsters I knew who are now dead got clipped by their own f#@$king crews for this or that petty bullsh*%.

  3. One gee to next very proud of you for makeing a change for the better,I was in same situation lived on 91st lost with no directions on who I was or what the f—k I was doing or doing it too, just another angry young black youth trying to be loved by many at the end of it all.But who gave a dam the homies so called didn’t, it just made room for the next young upriseing star to shine, Once you incarcerated yourself , can’t blame it on the system only on yourself. I never thought I could be anything else in life, a father of four smart children,If I didn’t change where would I be now, or where would they be without my fatherly advice. Very very proud of you once again,my brother and my god bless you and your family, use to couldn’t say that word but very happy to say. As too good things your doing in the community of South Central La

  4. LIL MOE$$

    hey unc just wanted to say that b/c of you i made it towherei am now. i mean think about it if i would have still been bangin bastrads sh*% really where would i be so good looking unc. yo nephew lil MOE$$ 89NHCECC aka big twin ( MOE’S oldest son)

  5. EL AREA

    THIS sh*% REALLY CRACKS ME UP HOMIE! LMFAO! THESE CLOWNS ACTUALLY STILL THINK THEY HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD TO REPRESENT. THE EAST COAST CRIP GANG IS THE LARGEST SINGLE BLACK GANG IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY BUT THEY HAVE LOST MOST OF THERE NEIGHBORHOODS TO HISPANIC GANGS. IN THE LATE 1990’S THEY LOST THERE NEIGHBORHOOD IN ALISO VILLAGE 1ST TO PRIMERA FLATS. WHATS LEFT OF THE BLACK POPULATION IN A.V. BANGS THE MOB CREW WITH THERE MEXICAN HOMIES. THEN IN THE EARLY 2000’S THEY LOST TWO OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN FLORENCE DISTRICT 59 & 76 TO LA FLORENCIA 13 WHICH HAD BEEN FLORENCIA 13’S TURF SINCE EARLY 1950’S AND EAST COAST CRIP TURF SINCE THE EARLY 1970’S AND ALSO 76 USED TO BE THE SECOND LARGEST EAST COAST NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER THE 6PACC OR 62, 66, 68 & 69. NOW THEY HAVE JUST ABOUT LOST THE 89 NEIGHBORHOOD AS WELL. THERE 102 SET HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SMALLER GANG TO SAY THE LEAST BUT NOW SINCE THAT AREA IS ABOUT 70% HISPANIC SMALLER BLACK GANGS LIKE THAT WILL NOT SURVIVE THIS COMING DECADE! SO BASICALLY THIS GANG HAS ABOUT 14 NEIGHBORHOODS FROM SOUTH CENTRAL TO WATTS TO WILLOWBROOK TO CARSON TO POMONA & RIVERSIDE. LAST TIME I SEEN OR HEARD OF 1ST THEY WERE SETTING UP SHOP IN DARK SIDE R40’S HOOD. 1ST EXT. 59 EXT. 62 66 68 EXT 69 76 EXT 89 EXT 97 102 EXT 118 190 200 EXT 1200. ILL SAY THIS MAN ITS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR BLACK GANGS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND ITS QUITE OBVIOUS IF A HUGE GANG WITH THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS THATS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE CRIPS STARTED IS GOING THE WAY OF THE DINOSAURS THEN JUST IMAGINE WHATS TO COME OF THE LESSER BLACK HOODS! REALITY CHECK TIME…

    • ecc

      first of all fool we didnt loose are to pfk the pigs ran us out ,do your homework, we was fighting pfk cfk eladukies and tmck we lose one homie, we kicced the pfk elak and the tmck out the pj ask some one if u dont know for real not for play EAST COAST CRIPS1ST 2 190 nh&blocc no coast lose there hood I dont like u hatdancers

    • Go back to school, this is some dumb $hit 4rea!

  6. EL AREA

    MY DADDY AN ME BANGIN EACH OTHER

  7. Venice 2002

    El Area/ I think you got a little of your facts wrong. Not many but just a little. When you talk about the East Coast Crip you are right when saying they have the most gang members of any African American gang in Los Angeles County. Though you seemed not to now that their 76 hood still does exist. Please point out that the Hispanic gang whom they warred with wich consist over 2000 members and is the biggest barrio in L.A. they stood tall. This sir does not have anything to do with other gangs pushing them out its called genetrafication n bottom line dollars. Most blacks left L.A. after the 92 riots exspecially blacks on the eastside of the 110 freeway. Remember sir these areas where prodimently white much like all of South Central in the 40s,50s,and some of the 60s. Whites did better econimically so they moved out as did blacks whom sold their homes after the riots in the latino population moved in. Also to lets have the understanding that L.A.P.D. an the Feds are the ones who really control L.A. streets in have always done so. East coast crip 59,is now in the 6pack hood,76 is still their along with the 89,97,102,118, n the 190 delamo the block who now has the most members. N sir the 1st street where kicked out of Aliso V. buy the L.A.P.D. who controls again all L.A. not the Primeria Flats. I should now im a O.G. from Venice Shoeline Crip we went through the same thing. Four Mexican 13 hoods tried to move us out with the backing of the L.A.P.D. Lets just say they had no succes, were still here. You see it was about money bottom line. So in the end if this man is trying to do something positive let him be. Dont laugh congradulate him n let him do him. P.S. the city along with L.A.P.D. is still trying to force us out its called Skyrocketing realstate now. Make it unaffordable to live here. Again my nieghboorhood will prevail. Also to you might wanna mention the fact the black blood gang Swans whom still have good portion of that same nieghborhood u speak of on lock, and how they helped the Hispanic gang whom wared with the East coast crips in the early 2000 battle. Which is mainly the reason the 10 members left of the 59 nieghborhood is now in the 6pack. In the end all gangs r the cause of their on destruction, wether they no it conciously r subconciously. Just a thought from a inactive Ex gang banger O.G. peace

  8. tamra

    i still dont understand…

  9. BL

    AYE, get your facts right when you speak on 76 El Area with your fake blank name!

  10. BL

    R.I.P to a fallen Locsta Shysty 1……

  11. Dirty

    Much luv 2 tha brother bear. He looked out 4 me when i was on the streets smoked out. Gave me jobs 2 do and didnt talk bad about me. 1 love bro.

  12. TOASTK2LLA

    WESTOWNE BROADWAY GANGSTA CR2PS 52ND ST blank TOAST 1STK 2 190K K2LLA GANG 89K blank BASTARDSK2LLA…..WH62PK….52X112

  13. Mr.Evul1...OZPC

    R.I.P NeckBone 89ECG

  14. BIG BAD FLORENCIA ESE MONSTER GREEN LIGHT N1QQ3RS TAKING LOS ANGELES OVER

    rest in sh*% fk KKKrabs. this is F13

  15. BIG BAD FLORENCIA ESE MONSTER GREEN LIGHT N1QQ3RS TAKING LOS ANGELES OVER

    fk KKKrabs. this is F13 rest in shat

  16. BIG BAD FLORENCIA ESE MONSTER GREEN LIGHT N1QQ3RS TAKING LOS ANGELES OVER

    fk KKKrabs. this is F13 lmao

  17. BIG BAD FLORENCIA ESE MONSTER GREEN LIGHT N1QQ3RS TAKING LOS ANGELES OVER

    fk KKKrabs. this is F13 shoot

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