43 Hoover Criminals Gang
The West Side (W/S) 43 Hoover Criminals Gang, or "4-Tray Hoover Criminals Gang" and formerly known as the "43 Hoover Crips", are a long-standing African American street gang founded in the 1970s in the western district of South Los Angeles, California. This gang's territory was centered around 43rd Street and Hoover Street, between Figueroa Avenue and Vermont Avenue. The 43 Hoover Criminals Gang has the distinction of being the earliest sub-set of the Hoover Criminals Gang ever formed, emerging from the original "Hoover Groovers" gang. Due to their alliance with Stanley Tookie Williams' West Side Crips, the Hoovers became known as the "Hoover Crips" during the 1970s. However, by the mid 1990s, The Hoovers eventually renounced their "Crip" identity and began to refer to themselves as the "Hoover Criminals" after endless fighting with surrounding Neighbor Hood Crip sets. The 43 Hoovers were bitter rivals of the Rollin 40s Neighborhood Crips (specifically the Darkside 40s clique) and the Rollin 30s Harlem Crips, the 1st Street East Coast Crips, the 46 Neighbor Hood Crips and the 48 Neighbor Hood Crips. By the mid-1990s, the 43 Hoover Criminals Gang's numbers deteriorated at an alarming rate due to constant warfare with other gangs that left their numbers depleted along with demographic changes which saw a predominately African-American neighborhood turn into a predominately Hispanic neighborhood. Today the 43 Hoovers are inactive with little to no gang-related activities.
Also See: Hoover Criminals