Dozens of Crips Arrested in LAPD Sting Dubbed "Operation Thumbs Down"

Cord Jefferson · 08/30/13 12:50PM

Los Angeles police arrested about three dozen alleged members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips (a.k.a. Ice-T's former gang) yesterday on federal and state charges related to gang operations and drug dealing. It was the culmination of an investigation called "Operation Thumbs Down," a reference to a popular Rollin' 30s hand sign: two thumbs up.

Brits Have Their Own Charming Versions of Bloods and Crips

Hamilton Nolan · 04/15/10 12:30PM

After McDonald's and the Black Eyed Peas, America's most successful cultural exports are the Bloods and Crips. Londoners have recognized that our gangs are much stronger brands! But they're doing Blue-on-Red gang war the UK way.

L.A. Gangsters Taking Gangster Movie Tips to Heart

Hamilton Nolan · 12/30/09 01:08PM

"You see African-Americans dealing with Hispanics on obtaining narcotics and weapons. We're seeing Hispanic gang members involved with the Eastern European criminal figures," said Robert W. Clark, acting special agent in charge of the criminal division of the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Where they see opportunities to collaborate, they do."