is a numeric code
primarily used by law
enforcement officials in the U.S.
state of California—especially police, prosecutors, and judges—because
Section 187 of the California
Penal Code defines the crime of murder.
The number is
commonly pronounced by reading the digits separately as
"one-eight-seven," or "one-eighty-seven," rather than "one hundred
187 is now in common use by many gangs
throughout the United
States as a synonym for murder; this usage has been
reported among gangs as far away as Florida and Wisconsin.
Section 187, subdivision (a), defines murder as the "unlawful
killing of a human being, or fetus, with malice aforethought,"
while subdivision (b) provides an exception to allow for abortions
, as required by federal constitutional
law (see Roe v. Wade
(1973)). In California, suspects are
usually charged by reference to one or more Penal Code (PC)
sections. Thus, the charging documents for a suspect charged for
murder would be inscribed with "PC 187(a)" or just "PC 187." If a
suspect is charged with attempted murder, then the relevant code
would be "PC 664/187" because attempt is defined in Penal Code
Since murder is such a serious crime, the use of "187" as a synonym
for murder is well-known among California attorneys and judges. For
example, in June 2007, the California Court of Appeal
(Fourth District, Division Three) reversed a verdict for the
defendant in part because the judge kept making jokes such as
telling the plaintiffs' lawyer she could object "until I die" and
then the next day following up with "objection, 187," in response
to new objections from her. The Court of Appeal was not amused with
the trial judge's sarcastic method of telling the plaintiffs'
lawyer that her objections were so bad that they were killing him
(in the figurative sense).
- "Deep Cover", also known as
"187", performed by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the soundtrack Deep Cover. A remix of the song
is found on the Dre Day single.
"Yeah, and ya don't stop...'cause it's 187 on an undercover
- In the song Who Am I ,
Snoop Dogg says, "...Shit that I drop cuz ya know it don't stop /
Mr. One Eight Seven on a motherfuckin
- In Fuck wit Dre Day, from
Chronic, Snoop Dogg says "And ain't even slangin them thangs,
I'm hollin 1-8-7 with my dick in yo mouth, beeyatch"
- "Try to set me up for a 211/ Fuck around and get caught up in a
187" - Dr Dre, "Let Me Ride"
- Often used in skits on many Death
Row Records albums for a fictional radio station, 187.4
- The Sublime song "April 29th, 1992". In the song
Bradley Nowell sings "They said it
was for the black man, they said it was for the Mexican -- but not
for the white man, but if you look at the streets, it wasn't about
Rodney King, it's about this fucked up
situation and these fucked up police, its about coming up, and
staying on top and screaming one eight seven on a mother-fucking
- Trigga Got No Heart, performed by
Oakland-based rapper Spice One and
included in the soundtrack to the 1993 film
- Spice 1 would make the song "187 Proof"
in his first studio album "Spice 1."
- Master P's 1996 album Ice Cream
Man included a song entitled "Time for a 187."
- 187, officially One Eight Seven, is a song by
the New Jersey based band Senses
- 187 On the Dance Floor is a rap song from a collaboration named L.A. Symphony.
- It's on 187um
Killa (1993) is the name of one of rapper Eazy-E's albums.
- The Insane Clown Posse's
first EP is titled Beverly Kills 50187.
- Angerfist - 187 (ft. Predator), song 9
on CD2 of the Mutilate album.
- Tech N9ne - Absolute Power "I'm hollin 187 if you
tripping with strange" Off, of the album "Absolute Power"
- Jay Sean - Murder "That Girl is Murder, she's a one
- One Eight Seven - Dr.Dre - The Chronicles
- In "My Buddy" by G-Unit it is mentioned
that "When you meet him, your destination's hell or heaven, cause I
only bring him out for that 187"
- Watch Your Back - Benny Cassette - The Fast And The Furious
OST: "357's or AK-47's, All tools that create 187's"
- C-Bo - Deadly Game. The term 187
is repeated thoroughly throughout the chorus. "It's one-eight-seven
on the D.A./Cause they ain't tryin to give a young motherfucka no
leeway/Yes yes, y'all/One-eight-seven on the whole courtroom,
motherfuck em all." C-Bo was later arrested over this song's
lyrics—one of the rare known cases in which a rapper was arrested
over lyrical content.
- In How Long Will They Mourn Me? by 2pac, the first verse contains the line "I load my clip
but though my eyes [are] blurry, don't worry, I'll get them suckers
back before you're buried. Shit, retaliate and pull a one eight
seven, do real niggaz get to go to heaven?"
- In 2002 the punk rock band, Senses Fail also came out with their song "One
Eight Seven" (187) on the "[From The Depths Of Dreams]" album, also
released in 2002.
- Ice Cube- Why Me-"I don't Give a FUCK what you saw on T.V.,but
A 187 don't make an O.G."-Raw Footage-2008
- Rodney Crowell, in his song "Fate's Right Hand", sings "There a
187 on the 405", referring to Interstate 405 in California."
- Dutch duo Youssef &
Kamal use the line "187 op een blanke agent" (litt.
on a white officer") in their song Woensel.
- From 50 Cent's song "Gunz Come Out" from
the album The Massacre: "You see me in
ya projects, 187's in progress"
- 50 Cent - Flight 187
Film and television
- One Eight Seven is the
title of a 1997 film starring Samuel
- In Boyz N the Hood, a police
radio states there is a 187 requiring immediate attention.
- In Menace II Society, O-Dog
tells Caine about the whereabouts of those who killed his cousin,
and then asks him if he's "Down with a 187?".
- On Episode 8 of Season 4 of the popular HBO
mob crime drama The Sopranos,
a gang member instructs his crew to shoot the ceilings of some
houses but "no 187s."
- According to the Internet
Movie Database, the number 187 has been used in the titles of
four movies, of which two were small art productions, one was a
documentary, and one (the movie One
Eight Seven, released in 1997) starred
Samuel L. Jackson. Murder was a major theme in the
three fictional works; the documentary was about Proposition 187.
- The 1993 action movie Demolition Man featured a scene
where the police officers of the future
city of San Angeles did not know what a 187 was
until the police station's computer explained it to them.
- In the song "Let's Be Careful Out There" from the short-lived
television show Cop Rock, Mike Flannigan
states that "they have a 187 at a 7-11." However, he says it as
one-eighty-seven so it would fit pentameter.
- Many of the subjects in the 2004 documentary Juvies
tended to say "I'm in for 187," rather than "I'm in for
- In the 1976 Rudy Ray Moore movie
The Human Tornado Captain
Ryan tells Detective Pete Blakely that he wants him to investigate
a 187. Dolemite is wrongfully accused of
killing the white wife of a rural sheriff when in fact the sheriff
had killed his wife himself after catching her having sex with
- On Episode 15 of Season 4 of Fox's The
O.C., Summer, after an earthquake and upon hearing a
prowler, instructs Taylor to "go 187" on the person.
- In the film The Fast And The
Furious, Leon states that "there's a 187 in Glendale, cops
are all over it, we're good to go, let's race."
- In the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog
Story, the announcer states that the LAPD "were given a
187" after their team is defeated in one of the dodgeball
- The term 187 is referenced repeatedly by John C. Reilly's character in Paul Thomas Anderson's film,
- In Strong Bad email 187 Coach Z
Says "1-8-7...? Oooohhh! Get down!" in an easter egg.
- There is an Xbox and PlayStation 2 video game called 187 Ride or Die.
- In the movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry", the gay
black fireman has the tattoo "187" on his right arm.
- TNA wrestler
Homicide is known as the "Notorious 187".
- In the movie Next Friday, the postal
worker uses the term "1-8-7" when delivering a message.
- In the
wrestling promotion AAA, there is
a tag team called Hermandad 187 formed
by Nicho el Millonario &
- Michael A. Scarcella, "Rival gangs shoot it out: Manatee cracks
down as violence escalates," Sarasota
Herald-Tribune 13 August 2005, A1.
- Andy Hall, "A Primer on Local Gangs," Wisconsin
State Journal, 19 June 2005, A12.
- For examples of these usages, see the Uniform Bail Schedule, Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz.
- Haluck v. Ricoh Electronics, Inc., 151 Cal. App. 4th 994, 1005 (2007).