Wednesday, December 07, 2011

NATIONAL GANG CENTER, Tube Dude factory in downtown Sarasota paints Mural of "West Side Crips Gang" hand sign on their building, calls it art.

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Neighbors say mural has gang-related message (Sarasota, FL): Public art is supposed to incite discussion and a strong reaction, but a mural that appeared recently on a north Sarasota business set off criticism over what some perceived as an improper gang-related message in a minority neighborhood.

SARASOTA FL...Tube Dude factory in downtown Sarasota paints Mural of "Westside Crips Gang" hand sign on their building, calls it art, see above.

"WEST SIDE CRIPS" L.A.....Crip activity started on high school campuses like Freemont High. Feemont had the "East side "Crips"", on the other side of the 110 Harbor Freeway were the "West Side Crips"" and in Compton, the "Compton "Crips"". Several existing gangs incorporated the Crip name into their gang set, for example the the "Main Street Gangsters" became the "Main Street "Crips"". Other sets included "Kitchen "Crips"", "5 Deuce "Crips"" and the "Rolling 20 "Crips"".

Although these gangs adopted the Crip name, some remained independent and maintained their own leadership and members, because of this, Crip sets were well known for fighting each other. "Crips" hobbies included extorting money from non gang members, assaults and robberies, most of which occurred on the school grounds making school a very dangerous place to be.

With all these gangs roaming in a relatively small section of the city, gangsters needed a method in which to ID each other, they wanted to avoid attacking gangsters from different sets, but same gang. "Crips" identify themselves with the color blue, this is believed to originate from the colors of Washington high school in south LA. Crip gangsters wear articles of blue clothing, blue handkerchiefs, shoelaces, hair rollers, hats, belts or sweat shirts.

A blue article of clothing in a blood hood, can and will get you killed. Other dark colors have been used as well, such as black, brown and purple. If they are unsure of ones gang affiliation, they'll flash a gang "sign" which is basically a form of sign language made with the hands (see photo above), they also refer to each other as "Cuz" or "Blood" depending to set affiliation. Crip gangsters refer to each other as "Cuzz", "Wuz up cuzz?", in their conversations and writings.

Black gangs have to formal structure to speak of, the older members in their late 20's early 30's, are called the "Shot Callers". Most "Shot Callers" have done hard time in prison where they made "business" contacts, they are the ones who deal in the major acquisition of drugs, the youngsters are often the footsolders who do the selling, fighting and dying. The young members are generally the most dangerous because they're willing to prove their gang loyalty by committing extremely violent acts, which often times includes shooting at, or otherwise fighting with police officers.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at