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The Venice Shoreline Crips (VSLC) are a black street gang located in the Oakwood section within Venice, a district of Los Angeles, California. The gang dates back to the 1970s, being one of the earliest Crip gangs and one of the most dangerous street gangs on the Los Angeles Westside. It was amongst the first black gangs to fight against Mexican street gangs, notably the Venice 13 and Culver City Boyz gangs in the 1990s and is allied to the N-Hood crip alliance.

History[edit]

The Venice Shoreline Crips formed out of the extreme poverty and racism in Venice's Oakwood neighborhood, which was originally labeled as a "servant's zone" by Venice founder Abbot Kinney and one of the few places within a mile of California's coastline where blacks could own property. Due to restrictive covenants that enforced racial segregation, Oakwood was set aside as a settlement area for blacks and the population increased rapidly as hundreds moved to Venice to work in the oil fields during the 1930s and 1940s. Into the 1950s, the City of Los Angeles had neglected Oakwood so much that it became known as "the ghetto by the sea" with unpaved narrow streets leading to run down bungalows, many of which lacked foundations.

While unemployment soared with the closing of the oil fields, the 1960s brought drugs and racial tensions to Oakwood and gang membership began to rise among the already established Venice 13 gang. Inspired by the Black Power Movement and after a series of militant black riots in Venice in the late 1960s the Shoreline Crips were founded alongside some of the original Crip gangs formed by Tookie Williams and Raymond Washington in South Central Los Angeles. In the 1980s as crack cocaine was introduced and gangs began focusing more on money rather than their original politics, the Shoreline Crips became heavily involved in the narcotics business in Oakwood and on the Venice Boardwalk as well.

Leading into the 1990s gunfire was heard nightly as the Shorelines warred with rival Culver City 13 after Shoreline cliques were pushed out of the Mar Vista Gardens projects. Shortly after, Oakwood exploded as a war broke out between the Shorelines and Venice 13 over control of the Venice drug trade until a cease-fire was arranged between the two gangs. In the 1990s, when newly arrived white homeowners took residency in and around the area, causing Los Angeles to combat the gang problem. Although even after a series of raids, injunctions, and other measures against them, the Shorelines have maintained a steady control over their territory with their numbers ranging in the several hundreds.[1]

Venice 13[edit]

In the early 1990s, the Shorelines became involved in a war with the neighboring Venice 13 gang over control of Oakwood's drug trade, which left almost two dozen people dead in 9 months. Eventually V13 acquired the support of fellow Sotel 13, Santa Monica 13, and Culver City 13 Sureños gangs through the Mexican Mafia and the war eventually ended with a cease-fire negotiated between V13 and the Shorelines in exchange for a new community center in the Oakwood neighborhood.

Rivals[edit]

The Venice Shoreline Crips are rivals with the many of the surrounding Latino gangs such as the Santa Monica 13, Santa Monica 17th St, 18th Street and the Culver City 13. The Shorelines has also rivals with numerous Crip gangs including the Playboy Gangster Crips, Graveyard Gangster Crips, the Rollin 40's Crips, Rollin 60 Neighborhood Crips, Grape Street Watts, and all Blood gangs.

Notoriety[edit]

In November 1980 a Venice Crip member was arrested for the murder of Sarai Ribicoff, niece of Senator Abraham Ribicoff, in a robbery outside a Washington Blvd restaurant.[2]

The war with the Culver City Boyz spilled into the lives of many not affiliated with gangs as bystanders and parents began being shot at on a regular basis.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "19 arrested in Venice gang sweep - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Murder of Sarai Ribicoff". Virtualvenice.info. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Killings decline sharply in L.A. - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

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89.3 KPCC (blog)
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:35:30 -0700

The Venice Shoreline Crips and Playboy Gangsters are deadly rivals. Duncan had grown up in the area but was not a gang member—"an innocent victim," Mickels testified. Mickels testified that when Duncan responded that he wasn't in a gang but knew ...
 
Patch.com
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:42:43 -0800

The defendants are members of the Venice Shoreline Crips, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales said. The four men were convicted of one count each of first-degree murder and attempted willful, deliberate and ...
 
LA Weekly (blog)
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:17:24 -0700

[Update: Gang member Kevin Dwayne Green, 28, will be arraigned later today at the LAX courthouse, according to the D.A. He's charged with Oscar Duncan's June 4 murder (with gang enhancement), along with an alleged May 21 robbery and being a felon ...
 
LA Weekly (blog)
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:07:08 -0800

The set has long had beef with the Venice Shoreline Crips. But youth pastor Oscar Duncan, who was from Compton, was a known peacemaker: You see, in the world of gangs, sometimes it's enough to go into a rival's neighborhood and shoot the first person ...
 
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:28:44 -0700

Federal authorities have issued 28 arrest warrants targeting members of two Venice gangs accused of distributing crack cocaine. More than 200 agents and officers executed the warrants, which focus on the Venice Shoreline Crips and Venice-13 street ...
 
LA Weekly (blog)
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:16:12 -0800

The publication speculated that the attack was misdirected retaliation for a shooting Thursday night at the Oakwood Recreation Center, which is in the heart of Venice 13 and Venice Shoreline Crips gang territory: It was indicated that this shooting ...
 
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Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:53:30 -0800

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LA Weekly (blog)
Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:56:53 -0800

Looks like white rappers in Priuses can't really joke about it getting real in the Venice Whole Foods parking lot anymore.) Peters names the local black gang as the Venice Shoreline Crips, and the Latino gang as Venice 13. He recalls another shooting ...
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