Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang is an Hispanic criminal street gang in South Central Los Angeles, California, composed mainly of Hispanic-Americans. Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang is one of the oldest street gangs in Los Angeles and has been occupying its territory since the 1920s. They engage in many criminal activities.
Hillside Toker Boyz 13 founded in the 1920s, the Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang dates back to the pachucos and zoot suits and was formed at the border between South Central and the city of Vernon. Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang became well known in the 1940s in the Sleepy murder trial. Sleepy was a popular swimming hole in what is now East Los Angeles. A Mexican American juvenile named Jose Diaz was killed there in 1942, and members of the Hillside Toker Boyz 13 Mexican American gang were arrested and charged with murder by the Los Angeles Police Department.
All five of the gang members were convicted and sentenced to prison. These convictions ultimately united the Mexican community and changed Mexican gangs. The jail sentences also acted as a glue to unite the Mexican and Mexican American community in a common cause, a fight against class distinction based on prejudice and racism, a fight against the establishment. In prison, Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang members were held in high esteem. On October 4, 1943, the convictions of the gang members were overturned and the gang members were allegedly welcomed back to their communities as heroes.
During Sleepy , the media exaggerated the headlines about the gang that wore zoot suits and created war-time hysteria and prejudice against the Mexican-American community. Many Mexican-Americans from the segregated parts of town were attacked by sailors and members of other branches of the United States military. The military personnel felt Zoot Suiters were not contributing to the war effort and were wasting valuable resources by dressing so flamboyantly. Sailors also attacked innocent Hispanic civilians. After the riots and because of international criticism, the city council adopted a resolution that banned the wearing of zoot suits on Los Angeles streets. It also banned sailors from going to Los Angeles on leave. Hillside Toker Boyz 13 is often credited for starting a new style of dress during the time the Sleepy defendants were incarcerated, their prison-issue clothes were deliberately oversized, with the intention of drawing ridicule from Anglo inmates and prison staff. However, the Sleepy defendants maintained their clothing well, cleaning and ironing it.
Since the 1920s, the Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang has continued its criminal activities and has evolved to become one of California's most violent street gangs. Members conduct various activities, including drug sales, murder, theft and vandalism. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the city closed many of its roads in the Hillside Toker Boyz 13 vicinity due to high volume of people coming to purchase narcotics in the area. City administrators hoped that the blocked streets would deter nonresidents from purchasing narcotics. By the late 1990s, a federal task force was set up in order to investigate the gang's involvement in illegal drug trade; this resulted in the arrest of several of its members. The authorities confiscated thousands of dollars in drugs and money, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and local news channels. The group has historically quarreled with various rival gangs for placement and competition, which has resulted in many drive-by shootings and deaths. On August 24, 2004, a law enforcement preliminary injunction terminated the active members of the Hillside Toker Boyz 13 gang, out of the streets, banning them from using firearms, alcohol, graffiti and other dangerous materials in public.Hillside Toker Boyz 13, being an old and large gang, has accumulated countless rivalries in Los Angeles county and other cities where they have established. During the 1980s, Hillside Toker Boyz 13 became heavily involved in drug sales and trafficking became a specialty crime that some gang members perfected. Today Hillside Toker Boyz 13 relies almost exclusively on narcotics sales and distribution as its only source of revenue.