HEADLINE: COURT REJECTS CITY ATTORNEY'S BID TO CURB WESTSIDE GANG'S MOVEMENTS
November 6, 1987, Friday, Home Edition
SECTION: Metro; Part 2; Page 1; Column 4; Metro Desk
LOS ANGELES TIMES
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thursday rejected immediate legal steps that would have banned members of a violent Westside street gang from associating with each other and would have required them to stay inside their homes from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Terming the city attorney's request for a temporary restraining order against the PLAYBOY GANGSTER CRIPS "too broad to grant," Judge Warren H. Deering continued City Atty. James K. Hahn's nuisance abatement lawsuit against the gang to Nov. 18.
On that date, Deering will hold a hearing on Hahn's request for a preliminary injunction against the 200-PLUS MEMBER GANG, which prosecutors say sells rock cocaine on the streets and in houses in a neighborhood bordered by LA CIENEGA and ROBERTSON BOULEVARDS, 18th Street and CADILLAC AVENUE.
Authorities say they have made 517 arrests in the 26-square-block Cadillac-Corning neighborhood so far this year, 323 of them for drug-related offenses. Authorities blame Uzi-toting members of the gang for both the drug trafficking problem and for six killings and a series of 14 disappearances in the past year.
This is a nice neighborhood, a lot of good people live in this neighborhood," Hahn said. "Unfortunately, this gang won't allow people to do that. They have systematically taken over the neighborhood, and they engage in drug sales, shootings, murders and assaults. People are afraid to sleep in bedrooms close to the street."
Penalties for disregarding the restrictions could range from five days to six months in jail, Hahn said.
The birth of Criminal & Thief
The year is 1985, Ronald Reagan is in office, the Jherri curl is the popular hairstyle, Hip-Hop is just born, Crack-Cocaine is exploding on the streets, Scarface starring Al PAcino is the #1 box office hit, and the PlayBoy Gangster Crips are one of the most notorious Gangs in L. A. As I tell this tale of Gangsta shit. Let it be known that I am in no way glorifying “Gangsterism”, but it is a historical account of one of the most feared and respected gangs in Los Angeles.
My name is Thief from PBGC. I grew up on the Westside, not South Central, of Los Angeles. 5 minutes from Beverly Hills, 15 minutes from the Sunset strip, 20 minutes from the Beach, and 30 minutes from Downtown. I was 9 years old when we moved to Playboy Hood. 1928 Garth Ave. apt. #2 was the address. This would be the street where my childhood memories would give birth, take shape, and some die. Hm. Either I was adventurous or I was stupid. But this is the backdrop for some shit that you only see kids getting into in the movies. It’s funny, I remember the exact moment when I decided to become a Gangster, and not just any gangster a “Playboy Gangster Crip”.