Blood Alliance

By Christopher Zoukis

Eventually, to protect themselves, the other gangs – the Compton Piru, the Brims near USC, the Swans, and the Bounty Hunters – formed an alliance called the Bloods.  The Bloods alliance was the result of the March 1972 murder of Robert Ballou, Jr.  It happened like this:  after a concert at the Hollywood Paladium, a rat-pack of twenty Crips assaulted a group of teenagers, robbing them of their wallets and jackets.  Robert Ballou, Jr. was one of the teenagers.  Ballou resisted, refusing to surrender his jacket to the Crips.  The Crips proceeded to jump him and beat him to death.   Image courtesy

The brutal murder of Ballou, who was a neutron – a person unaffiliated with a gang – incensed the Compton Piru.  The Piru went to war with the Crips.  Outnumbered, the Piru really had no chance against the superior forces of the Crips.  Realizing they needed help, the Piru approached the Lueders Park Hustlers about an alliance.  The Lueders Park Hustlers agreed to a meeting on Piru Street.  Not being shy, the Piru also invited every other gang that had grievances against the Crips.  One gang that had a grudge against the Crips was the L.A. Brims.  The Crips had murdered a gangbanger with the nickname of Lil Country, a member of the Brims.  The Denver Lanes and the Bishops sent representatives as well. 

The gangbanger meet-and-greet took place.  The agenda had one item to be discussed:  how to wipe the floor with the Crips.  Everyone agreed that overwhelming numbers and ferocious violence were the answer.  They agreed to form a single organization known as the Blood alliance.  Before long, the Athens Park Boys and the Pueblos became sanctioned members of the Blood alliance, followed by still other smaller, independent gangs. 

Of the gangs sanctioned into the Blood alliance, the Black P Stones were unusual, almost an anomaly.  The Black P Stones began in Chicago, where the gang eventually became part of The People Nation.  The L.A. chapter of the Black P Stones was created by T. Rogers, who established two decks of Black P Stones in L.A., one deck called the Jungles, located in Baldwin Village; the second deck, located in West Adams, was called City.  When the L.A. Black P Stones joined the Blood alliance, the Chicago Black P Stones were outraged, and declared the L.A. Black P Stones renegades because they had not sought permission.

The Blood alliance adopted red as the color of their flags.  It was now Bloods versus Crips.  30,000 gangbangers went to war on the streets of L.A.  Crips wore blue bandanas, while the Bloods adopted red bandanas.  Thus began the bloody battle for South Los Angeles, Compton and Watts. 

Unsurprisingly, all members of the Blood alliance were required to shed the Blood – shoot, stab, slice – of an enemy gangbanger before becoming a Blood.  Bloodletting demonstrated willingness to ‘ride’ for the set.  The Blood alliance banged to defend their territories, to expand their territories, and to conquer new territories.  Banging was defined as ‘going to war,’ while a gang’s territory was called the ‘hood.’

Blood sets constantly engaged in territorial expansion, which meant they were always banging.  Blood sets marked their territory by means of extreme wall banging.  Wall banging was nothing more than graffiti spray painted on walls, indicating territorial control.