Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Inside the Crips: by Colton Simpson and Ann Pearlman

Colton Simpson family background is vast and great. His father was a baseball player for the California Angels, his uncle works as a high class lawyer and his grandmother is a respectable citizen in the community. But great family background doesn't always determine future success. Colton only wished to be a high profile celebrity and found it as ghetto star. He started to hang out with the wrong people after he moved in with his grandma Louise in South Central Los Angeles. He plunges into the world of gang politics and becomes part of LA's imfamous gang the Crips. His new family replaces his old and he starts to prove to them that he deserves to be a part of the gang and he starts to make a name for himself as Lil Cee Loc.

Cee gets wrapped up in a struggle of who he wishes to be, the simple and obedient grandson Colton or the hard core gangster who constantly breaks all the rules. Cee turns to a dark path full of violence, drugs and death. This is Colton's story of life on the streets in South Central LA.


Anonymous said...

While I support Colton in his current court case, I cannot in good consience support this book.

I am Coltons brother, and the stories about our childhood published in this book are not accurate. Colton is apparently the only one who remembers things happening the way he says they did in the book. Neither me, or my other 2 brothers feel that the statements made in the book are accurate. Yes there were 4 of us (eventhough the book only says there were 3).

While I can't speak on some of the events he talks about, because I was either too young or not their. I can speak on the things I was there for and do remember, and that my other brothers also remember.

I don't know what crimes he or didn't commit, or what happened to him in prison, but I do know what happpend in our house when we were kids. some of the things he says about when we were kids are partially true, but keep in mind that I said PARTIALLY true.

Secondly, there is a picture of us as kids that no one authorized them to use, and my name is in the book, which I did not authorize.

There were 4 revision to this book from Coltons original manuscript. And if they want to change the facts, and talk about other peoples lives, they should at least have the decency to ask people if they can use their names and pictures.

Do not buy this book. But support Colton, because i do think that he is not getting a fair trial in his current court case.

Anonymous said...

Book By Former LAPD Officer Brian S. Bentley who, ironically was a school mate of Colton Simpson.

Honor Without Integrity is one patrol officer’s personal journey across the “thin blue line” of the Los Angeles Police Department. Set in the backdrop of South Central Los Angeles, Officer Bentley and his partner did whatever it took to arrest, book and ensure convictions of dangerous gang members.

As a subplot, they also did whatever it took to make the late nights more exciting and pleasurable on a personal level.
Honor Without Integrity is dramatic personal testimony and insight offered in a manner that is intriguing, intense and at times humorous.

“My training and experience gave me the confidence that I could justify pulling over anyone I pleased. I’m certain I could have justified stopping a car driven by civil rights attorney Johnny Cochran, with Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson as passengers, solely because I felt like it. Like it or not, every person driving through the hood is fair game.”

More info: www.maxpages.com/LAPD90008