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Bloods and Crips: L.A. Gangs
NGC takes viewers to the streets of South Central Los Angeles as it charts the rise of two of the most notorious gangs in America: the Bloods and the Crips. Follow along as an emerging cocaine trade fuels staggering levels of bloodshed and the streets of Los Angeles begin to resemble a war zone. Exclusive interviews include Bloods founder T Rodgers; original Crip Angelo "Barefoot Pookie" White; former LAPD chief Darryl Gates; and LAPD gang unit veteran Tony Moreno.
When Hong Kong mobsters, known as a Triad, move into San Franciscos Chinatown, the traditional Chinese underworld collides with modern American gang culture leading to a brutal turf war. With dead bodies piling up on the street law enforcement struggles to smash the secretive world of the Triads.
In the 1950s, Mafia-built Las Vegas became a cash cow for organized crime, but when the richest man in the world arrived, things changed and the feds blew the lid on the original Gangster's Paradise.