Latino gang accused of targeting blacks near LA

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Tom B, May 21, 2009.

  1. Tom B

    Tom B

    Latino gang accused of targeting blacks near LA

    HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. (AP) - A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate the city's black residents through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday.

    Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, and federal and local agencies arrested 63 of them by early Thursday, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien said at a news conference.

    Another 35 defendants were already in custody on unrelated charges. Weapons and drugs worth more than $1 million also were seized in what O'Brien called "the largest gang takedown in United States history."

    The indictments detail attempted murder, kidnapping, firearms, narcotics and other charges related to attacks by the gang, which is predominantly Latino and mainly operates in Hawaiian Gardens, a city of about 15,000 in southeastern Los Angeles County.

    "(Varrio Hawaiian Gardens) gang members take pride in their racism and often refer to the VHG Gang as the `Hate Gang,'" the main indictment said. "VHG gang members have expressed a desire to rid the city of Hawaiian Gardens of all African-Americans and have engaged in a systematic effort to achieve that result by perpetrating crimes against African-Americans."

    The indictment alleges a string of attacks on black residents, including a shooting into a home with eight people inside. The indictment does not say if anyone was hit.

    In another instance, two gang members allegedly chased a black man, yelled a racist epithet at him and then beat him with a garden rake. The same man was later repeatedly stabbed by two gang members, according to the indictment, which charged them with his attempted murder.

    According to 2000 census data, the latest available, Hawaiian Gardens was roughly 73 percent Hispanic and 4 percent black.

    Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Michael Gomez welcomed the crackdown, saying: "Honest residents should not have to live in fear of lawless thugs who act like it's high noon at the OK Corral."

    The indictments mark at least the second time in less than two years that federal authorities have accused Latino gang members of attacking black residents because of their race. Local officials have tried to downplay racial tensions.

    The investigation of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang began in June 2005 after the murder of Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Luis Gerardo "Jerry" Ortiz. Jose Luis Orozco, a member of the gang, was sentenced to death in 2007 for the killing.

    Ortiz, 35, died as he searched for Orozco, who had shot and wounded a man while he did yard work. Orozco was later found guilty of attempted murder in that case.

    "It was this hatred of African-Americans that may have spurred the attack on Deputy Jerry Ortiz, who was killed trying to arrest a gang member suspected of trying to shoot an African-American man in the back," O'Brien said.

    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."
  2. The Jungle takes care of its own.
  3. TGregg


    Could you imagine if that were a white gang in the South doing that? It'd be the only story on the evening news. Sharpton would break a leg getting to the scene as fast as possible and Jackson would be right behind him. Bet they don't show up in LA, since there's not a big chunk of money to extort from anybody.

    Should be interesting to watch the libs on this one. One protected class committing atrocities against another. My guess is they'll ignore it completely.
  4. Anyone remember back in the 80's 90's the African Americans had a mantra "my Latino Brothers". Trying to enlist another minority in unity for civil rights.
  5. Well yea, considering our country's past and the 600,000 people that died in a war that, many believe, was waged over whites enslaving blacks. Of course a historically sensitive issue would be the first thing to pop up, it makes sense.
  6. Many believed that, but it is simply not true. The war was waged over business, plain and simple.

    Lincoln said as much.
  7. Yep.

    War Zone. If u are not in the war, move.
  8. The reason that Sharpton or Jackson or any other black shitter is silent on the issue is that they are afraid of the Latinos. Unlike the cowardly whites who starting writing checks when Sharpton and Jackson appear, the Latinos have another way of responding and the blacks fear it.
  9. maxpi


    Mexicans are really racists regarding Blacks and ethnocentric as can be.... Mexicans are also WAY more barbaric than these bullshit blacks in the USA, WAY more.. they just moved into black neighborhoods and elbowed the blacks out in Los Angeles, lots of them are up in the High Desert now screwing with Whitey but not much with the Mexicans because the Mexicans will shut them down in a heartbeat... we had a three way war between Mexican Mafia, Hell's Angels and Ukranians in Southern California the last few years. I'm not sure how that came out really but I have not seen Hell's Angels much at all in years, it became too dangerous to be on a motorcycle. There were so many news stories about Hell's Angels run off the road and killed..
  10. :D :D Spoken like a true white man:D :D

    And u would know this how? Did one of ur black best friends tell u?
    #10     May 22, 2009