January 26, 2007

L.A. Targets Gangs for Hate Crimes

The Southern Poverty Law Center says a Latino gang based in the California prison system has widened its feud with a rival African American gang, and is now engaged in an “ethnic cleansing” campaign that targets blacks indiscriminately.

The latest victim, 14-year-old Cheryl Green, was fatally shot after straying too close to the “forbidden line” that divided her neighborhood down the middle, NBC4 in Los Angeles reports. Race-based attacks there have spiked in the past few years, and state and federal agencies are teaming up for a crackdown.

Sources:

“L.A. blackout”
Intelligence Report (Southern Poverty Law Center), Winter 2007

“Injunction to be filed against 204th street gang”
NBC4.TV (Los Angeles), January 19, 2007

“No age of innocence in gangland’s turf war”
New York Times, January 21, 2007

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