To Live and Die in LA

Tiffany Hobbs · 08/01/15 12:30PM

It’s late July. There is a helicopter circling. A “ghetto bird” on this clear, dark blue night. I’m in my bed, staring at the ceiling fan, trying to sleep. It’s 1:30 a.m. It’s 2:00 a.m. I’m struggling. I’m tired. It’s hot. Someone’s dog is barking. I am now on Facebook, seeing post after post about rumors, or fact, of two black bodies being found in a car at a Taco Bell about 10 minutes away from where I rest my head. I think about how many pillows are being soaked by hot, angry tears of black families asking the questions that come along with this sort of thing.

Attention, Young Criminals: Please Stop Bragging on Facebook

Hamilton Nolan · 09/19/13 10:32AM

As social media influencers, we here at are, needless to say, widely revered by young urban gang members. It is to the that we offer this public service announcement: stop talking about all your crimes, on the internet. Okay?

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.

Did You Rent a Pony from this Alleged MS-13 Member?

Camille Dodero · 04/26/13 06:15PM

Dilbert Coreas could hook you up with a pony for $70 an hour, a bouncy house with a water-slide for $115 an entire day. The Florida-based kids' party planner could get you a hot-dog cabinet, a popcorn machine, or a cotton-candy maker for only $60 a piece. And if you needed something a little less family-friendly, he might be able to find that too: According to the Feds, Coreas not only was affiliated with the small business It'z A Kidz World, but also allegedly the transnational gang MS-13.

The FBI is Afraid of the Juggalo Army · 10/27/11 06:09PM

You might think Insane Clown Posse's people—known as the Juggalos—are just a group of face-painting teenagers who wonder how magnets work. Not so, says the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. To the feds, Juggalos are a "loosely-organized hybrid gang" that are "forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity."

Octet Invades Disabled Vet's Home, Throws Week-Long Party

Lauri Apple · 10/09/11 02:11PM

Occupy Wall Street, or occupy a disabled stranger's home and transform it into a drugs-and-party den? This is the choice that many Americans face right now. Either activity can get you arrested, as eight Californians who chose Option Two recently learned.