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May 19, 1992 | ANDREA FORD and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two severely beaten men were discovered unconscious on a sidewalk early Monday after 150 riot-equipped officers and National Guard members ended a rowdy all-night party of newly united Crips and Bloods in Compton. The injured men, one of them nude and the other partially clothed, apparently had been robbed, said Cmdr. Ramon Allen, in charge of field operations for the Compton Police Department.
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May 8, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The 17-year-old football star's skin was black and his backpack red. Were it not for those colors, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, Jamiel Shaw II might never have been murdered by an 18th Street gang member eager to earn his stripes. Deputy Dist. Atty. Allyson Ostrowski said Pedro Espinoza, now 23, shot Shaw execution-style in 2008 thinking he was a Bloods gang member because he was African American and was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack. Shaw, who played for Los Angeles High School, was killed in March of that year just a few houses away from his Arlington Heights home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The 17-year-old football star's skin was black and his backpack red. Were it not for those colors, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, Jamiel Shaw II might never have been murdered by an 18th Street gang member eager to earn his stripes. Deputy Dist. Atty. Allyson Ostrowski said Pedro Espinoza, now 23, shot Shaw execution-style in 2008 thinking he was a Bloods gang member because he was African American and was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack. Shaw, who played for Los Angeles High School, was killed in March of that year just a few houses away from his Arlington Heights home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to further curb criminal activities, Compton has asked a judge to ban individuals identified as members of the Mob Piru street gang -- including rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight -- from congregating in a northeast neighborhood. Using a strategy employed by other crime-ridden communities, the court order would be the first gang injunction in a city with a long history of battling street gangs.
NEWS
September 13, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truce that has united Bloods and Crips could not save the life of Jackie Winters. After nearly seven years behind bars at the California Youth Authority, the 22-year-old member of the Six-deuce East Coast Crips was released in April, determined to make a fresh start on life. With tensions just beginning to subside in the South-Central gang world, his family was optimistic he would succeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1993
Undercover Pasadena police and suspected gang members exchanged gunshots in a park near the Rose Bowl on Sunday evening after more than 200 people who police said are associated with the Bloods gang gathered in the park. "We had a couple of undercover officers down there just to see what it was about," Lt. Gene Gray said of the incident in Brookside Park. "One of the people pulled a gun, started shooting at other individuals.
NEWS
July 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI said it arrested about 20 people in a crackdown on alleged drug trafficking by the Bloods street gang in Lima. In addition to the arrests, warrants were issued for another 17 people, the FBI said. The raid followed a yearlong investigation of the gang and purchases of crack cocaine by undercover officers, the FBI said. FBI Supervisor Senior Resident Agent Stanley Borgia said the gang's influence had become widespread in the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
FBI agents fanned out across Southern California early Thursday and arrested six alleged members or associates of the Crenshaw Mafia Gangster Bloods street gang on federal drug and weapons charges, officials said. Seven other people with alleged ties to the gang were indicted and are now being sought by agents.
NEWS
May 21, 1992 | ANDREA FORD and CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sipping a 40-ounce bottle of Old English 800 at the Nickerson Gardens housing project last week, Dale Marks stood among scores of celebrating Crips and Bloods--once deadly rivals in Los Angeles' street-gang warfare. For the first time in his life, he was partying in the name of peace.
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February 27, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The talk is tough as eight Los Angeles gang members sit around a conference table in Burbank. "Normally we'd be shootin' and killin' each other," Sin says without a trace of humor. He identifies himself as a member of the Crips, one of Los Angeles' most notorious gangs--and he's nodding toward some members of the rival Bloods gang as he speaks. Pausing, he adds: "It's different now. You see, we've got this business thing . . . ."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
FBI agents fanned out across Southern California early Thursday and arrested six alleged members or associates of the Crenshaw Mafia Gangster Bloods street gang on federal drug and weapons charges, officials said. Seven other people with alleged ties to the gang were indicted and are now being sought by agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
The problem isn't new, but gang violence seems to be on everybody's agenda at the moment. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would, if enacted by the Senate and signed by the president, allow some kinds of gang crimes to be tried in federal court. It would also lengthen sentences and create a RICO-like statute to give law enforcers an additional tool with which to attack the problem.
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June 24, 2000 | SUE FOX and GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For years, the Bloods and the Crips have kept a relatively low profile in the San Fernando Valley. The rival gangs--notorious for bloody clashes in Watts, South-Central and other parts of Los Angeles--did their share of Valley drug-dealing and robberies, police say, but killing each other was rare. But this month, warfare has erupted in Panorama City between the two predominantly black gangs.
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October 10, 1998 | From Reuters
More than 100 members of seven gangs were indicted Friday on charges of operating a $5.5 million-a-year crack cocaine business that catered to the "suit-and-tie" crowd in midtown Manhattan, police and prosecutors said. Seventy-seven of the 102 defendants charged in what Manhattan Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau called "one of the largest drug busts in city history" were already in custody. They will be arraigned Tuesday, and the others are being sought.
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July 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI said it arrested about 20 people in a crackdown on alleged drug trafficking by the Bloods street gang in Lima. In addition to the arrests, warrants were issued for another 17 people, the FBI said. The raid followed a yearlong investigation of the gang and purchases of crack cocaine by undercover officers, the FBI said. FBI Supervisor Senior Resident Agent Stanley Borgia said the gang's influence had become widespread in the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1998
A reputed gang member was sentenced Thursday to 32 years to life in prison for the 1984 shooting deaths of a gang rival and an honors student outside Dorsey High School. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders sentenced Edwin Oswald Smith, 32, to serve 15 years to life in one killing, plus an additional two years for the use of a firearm, as the 1984-era sentencing rules allowed, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Joseph Esposito.
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January 27, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When police detectives in South-Central Los Angeles raided almost two dozen locations this weekend to arrest gang members and confiscate their guns, ammunition and other firepower, the officers unexpectedly stumbled onto something "much more explosive"--dynamite. In the 11-hour raid at four drug houses and 18 residences, the officers arrested eight people considered leaders of a faction of the Bloods street gang.
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September 26, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI is probing Death Row Records, the leading independent rap music label where rapper Tupac Shakur recorded his last songs, for links to street gangs and drug trafficking, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Federal authorities began investigating the 4-year-old company and some of its officers months before Shakur was fatally wounded in a Sept. 7 shooting in Las Vegas, according to sources familiar with the probe.
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June 21, 1998 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loretta Thomas-Davis is a big admirer of entertainer Bill Cosby, but, unlike millions of others, she cannot bring herself to follow the murder trial of a man accused of killing Cosby's only son in a robbery attempt. "It just hits too close to home," the school maintenance supervisor said Friday. Cosby would understand. On Jan.
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December 21, 1997 | PATT MORRISON
After my grandfather died unexpectedly--my vital, wise, accomplished, adored grandfather--my anger veered toward an old couple of his acquaintance, as sour, fault-finding and dismal a pair as even Dickens could dredge up. That they were still alive, breathing air and taking up space, when my splendid grandfather was in his grave, was a howling monstrosity of injustice. For months, when they walked into a room, I couldn't leave it fast enough.
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