The Crips are one of the largest Los Angeles, California youth gangs. The Crips are identified by the blue color worn by their members. The Crips were formed by Stanley "Tookie" Williams and Raymond Washington in 1971 after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood.
The gangs have branched out throughout the United States and even internationally. Due to the loose network of territorial gangs, there are significant differences between the various cliques.
While there have been bloody rivalries between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, prompting a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare still persist in heavily gang-controlled areas.