Rapper Flipside’s Murder Has Watts Enemies Agreeing, Revenge Is Stupid

LA Weekly | October 24, 2013

It was a state funeral in Nickerson Gardens as Watts community members said goodbye to Kevin “Flipside” White, a rapper gunned down in front of his childhood home. Just after White was killed, Markice “Chiccen” Brider was slain at Imperial Courts housing projects in Watts. LAPD has charged a Grape Street Crip from Jordan Downs in Watts for the killings, and fear of a return to the bloody nights of decades past put everyone on alert. But at Macedonia Baptist Church, Triple O.G. Ronald “Kartoon” Antwine urged the Bounty Hunters Bloods not to retaliate against Grape Street — to let LAPD do its job. The church full of 700 people stood and cheered. “It’s a different time, a new generation,” says Deshawn Cole, Brider’s cousin. “They don’t need things to be dangerous like it was for previous generations.” Things have changed in Watts.

Ten minutes after Flip White was killed, Markice “Chiccen” Brider, 29, was shot to death a few blocks east on 114th Street at Imperial Courts housing project. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested three suspects for both shootings — Grape Street Crips from Jordan Downs project in Watts — but only one has been charged.

Fear of a return to the bloody Watts of decades past put everyone on red alert.

Inside Macedonia Baptist, a Triple O.G. from way back, Ronald “Kartoon” Antwine, 54, shared tender remembrances of Flipside. He then urged the Bounty Hunters, L.A.’s most infamous Bloods, not to retaliate against Grape Street.

“Let the police do their job,” Antwine said. “Outside this church right now is the LAPD officer who did what he was supposed to do that night — and caught the shooters.”

Then something extraordinary happened. The overflowing congregation of 700 people stood and loudly cheered. It went on for 20 seconds.

“For the people of Watts to applaud about the LAPD making an arrest is such a huge transformation — that clearly shows what we have built with that community,” LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides says.

The long applause was “the culmination of years of partnerships between the police, interventionists and the community,” says her husband, LAPD Capt. Phillip Tingirides. “We’re in a good relationship with the community, especially Nickerson and Imperial. The police do care.”

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