Founder and former leader of the Crips gang stated in an interview from his his San Quentin Cell that the purpose for creating the gang initially was to eliminate all street gangs and create a “bull force” neighbourhood watch. Williams said: “We started out—at least my intent was to, in a sense, address all of the so-called neighbouring gangs in the area and to put, in a sense—I thought ‘I can cleanse the neighbourhood of all these, you know, marauding gangs.’ But I was totally wrong. And eventually, we morphed into the monster we were addressing.”
Stanley “Tookie” Williams
Co-Founder Raymond Washington himself has stated that he founded the Crips not with the intention of eliminating other gangs, but to create a force powerful enough to protect local black people from racism, corruption and brutality at the hands of the police.
Raymond Washington Mugshot
Both founding members of the Crips were seventeen at the time which would have had a significant effect on their somewhat naive intention of forming a gang that would unite the street crews and bring peace to the streets of LA. After all the group initiated new members through fist fights and recruited smaller crews by challenging gang leaders to fist fights.
Williams trial has been shrouded in controversy surrounding the legitimacy of the case against him
Raymond Washington was killed in 1979 and was buried on his birth day.
Stanley Williams was given the lethal injection in 2005 charged with First Degree Murder. During his time in prison awaiting the death sentence he authored several books, including anti-gang and anti-violence literature and children’s books.