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CHICAGO ? Law enforcement officials say they’ve arrested 21 immigrants from Mexico who were allegedly involved in gang activities.

Authorities from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 19 of those arrested in the two-day “Operation Community Shield” are illegal immigrants and two are permanent residents.

ICE says 16 of the 21 are documented members of the Maniac Latin Disciples and SureIno-13 gangs. The other five have no gang affiliation.
Those arrested are accused of crimes including drug possession, burglary and arson.

Most of the arrests took place in the northwest suburb of Carpentersville. ICE officials joined with police from Carpentersville and five surrounding communities.

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A Boston firefighter is mending from what could have been deadly stab wounds he suffered early yesterday morning when he was allegedly jumped in East Boston while off duty by a group of Hispanic males who told him they “don’t want any gringo here.”

Though police are not classifying the incident as racially fueled, the Boston Police Department’s Community Disorders Unit is investigating. The 32-year-old jake, whose name officials were not releasing, is white.

Ironically, the firefighter’s life was likely saved because he sought refuge from his alleged assailants at Engine 5 on Saratoga Street - the station house he’s assigned to.

“Fortunately, those firefighters were not out on a call,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

MacDonald said the firefighter had gone to Chivas Restaurant in Day Square to grab takeout when “six guys started exchanging words with him. He indicated he was just there to get a sandwich and that he was a firefighter. They pushed him.”

Hoping to avoid a confrontation, MacDonald said the firefighter got into his car and headed for his station for safety’s sake, but the pack followed him on foot. It was shortly before 2:45 a.m.

“As soon as he got out of his car, six guys jumped him and started kicking and punching him,” MacDonald said. “He felt two sharp pains in his chest and knew he had been stabbed.”

The firefighter summoned the help of fellow jakes by ringing the station doorbell and his alleged attackers fled. MacDonald said his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

“He’s more upset about the fact that he’s going to miss several shifts,” MacDonald said.

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“Across the country — in Plainfield, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Annapolis, Md., and Indianapolis, Ind., among other places — the clash between black and brown has drawn attention, and lots of it, because it involves two groups that some think should be natural allies.”

The black-Latino blame game
Finger-pointing between the two minorities is not going to help either group.
LA Times
November 25, 2007

One Friday earlier this month, a small but vocal group of black activists turned up at City Hall to blast Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of the City Council for failing to work hard enough to prevent violence by Latino gang members against blacks in South Los Angeles.

“You have one race of people exterminating another race of people,” said one African American woman.

On the same day, elsewhere in the city, Latino parents stormed out of a meeting of a Los Angeles Unified School District advisory council. The council had been fighting for months about whether to hold its meetings in Spanish or English — a dispute that got so abusive that district officials felt the need to bring in dispute-resolution experts and mental health counselors. On this particular Friday, the Latino parents walked out after a group of black parents voted to censure the panel’s Latino chairman.

These two events are certainly not isolated incidents, but they are the most recent examples of the long-running tensions between blacks and Latinos in Los Angeles. Just a few weeks earlier, federal prosecutors had filed a highly publicized case against more than 60 members of Florencia 13, a Latino street gang that prosecutors say engaged in a violent campaign to drive African American gang rivals out the South L.A. neighborhood of Florence-Firestone, resulting in more than 20 killings over three years. In the late 1980s, according to a report in The Times, the neighborhood was about 80% African American, but today it is 90% Latino.

Animosity between Latinos and blacks is the worst-kept secret in race relations in America. For years, Latino leaders have pointed the finger of blame at blacks when Latinos are robbed, beaten and even murdered. Blacks, in turn, have blamed Latinos for taking jobs, for colonizing neighborhoods, for gang violence. These days, the tension between the races is noticeable not only in prison life and in gang warfare (where it’s been a staple of life for decades) but in politics, in schools, in housing, in the immigration debate. Conflicts today are just as likely — in some cases, more likely — to be between blacks and Latinos as between blacks and whites. In fact, even though hate-crime laws were originally created to combat crimes by whites against minority groups, the majority of L.A. County’s hate crimes against blacks in 2006 were suspected to have been committed by Latinos, and vice versa, according to the county Commission on Human Relations……

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Wikipedia: “SUR-13″ - These symbols represent Sureños (Spanish for “Southerners”) a group of Mexican American (Chicano) street gangs with origins in Southern California.

[1] There are hundreds of Sureño gangs in California, and each has its own identity on the streets. The gang’s strong hold have historically been in Los Angeles and San Diego. Sureños are controlled and influenced by the Mexican Mafia, who represent about half of the gang membership. These gangs are found throughout the urban and rural areas of Southern California.

Sureños conduct moderate criminal activities including drug smuggling and sales, theft and human trafficking. They represent themselves with various names or tag symbols such as “Sur 13″, “Los Sureños” and “Sureño Trece”. These indentifications are accompanied by the color blue, numeric code of number 13 and the Roman numeral of XIII.

Del Rio News Herald

?I think it?s really sad when people do something like this,? said Dr. Gene Haverlah as he surveyed the black and blue spray painted scrawls on the Wells family marker in the Westlawn Cemetery Saturday morning.

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The imposing red granite stone that marks the Wells family plot was one of about a dozen headstones, tombs and monuments defaced by vandals sometime during the past week, Haverlah noted.

The Westlawn Cemetery, which lies just south of Del Rio International Airport at the end of West Second Street, is the final resting place for members of many old Del Rio and Val Verde County families.

Bullriding legend George Paul lies in the Westlawn Cemetery, and his white, above-ground tomb also was attacked by the spray-can wielding vandals.

The vandals also left their marks on a statue depicting the crucifixion of Christ in another part of the cemetery. After scrawling letters and numbers on the statute?s base, they sprayed blue paint on the faces of some of figures ranged below the cross.

Neither was the damage at the cemetery limited to the resting places of the affluent. The vandals had also spray painted small weathered headstones in an older section of the cemetery.

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Consoling: Two who lost relatives to gang violence, Charlene Lovette, at right, and Beatrice Villa, hold hands with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

No One Here Gets Out Alive
The Mexican Mafiaâ??s racial cleansing campaign targets L.A.
LA City Beat
November 8, 2007

In the words of the Rev, K.W. Tulloss, â??the nightmare has come true.â? Federal indictments unsealed on October 16 allege that leaders of the Florenza 13 (F 13s) gang acted on orders from the Mexican Mafia to cleanse their neighborhoods of African-American gang and non-gang members. â??The most disturbing aspect is that gang members allegedly engaged in a series of attacks â?¦ that extended to innocent citizens who ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin,â? said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Oâ??Brien.

The news was a bitter pill to black and Latino activists who struggled all year to get law enforcement and city leaders to admit that the rash of racially motivated killings and attacks against African-Americans and their Latino supporters is part of a larger and chilling plot â?? a highly organized effort by the Mexican Mafia (La Eme) to cleanse the many neighborhoods they control of their black population.

While law enforcement and prosecutors had previously admitted some Latino gangs engaged in racial attacks on innocent citizens, the Justice Department disclosures about the Mexican Mafia â?? known for its racist agenda against prison blacks as well as its collaboration with the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood â?? represented the first time that law enforcement publicly stated such a strong connection.

“I was relieved this information finally surfaced because weâ??ve been trying to bring it to light for a long time and some individuals are saying weâ??re exaggerating,â? Tuloss says. His mother recently moved from Harbor Gateway after 10 years because the hate-crime murder of 14-year-old Cheryl Green by the Latino gang, the 204s, made her worry that her African-American teenaged son â?? Tullossâ??s brother â?? would be next. â??But Iâ??m furious that elected officials havenâ??t come together. The victimsâ?? parents are furious. Those who have lost their children to hate crimes are furious.â?

â??How much innocent blood must be spilled before we do something?â? It is a message Tulloss feels activists had made loud and clear since the January 2007 press conference organized by Project Islamic Hopeâ??s Najee Ali in the aftermath of Cheryl Greenâ??s murder. Joining him were members of the Mothers of Murdered Children, Tulloss (who is president of National Action Network, L.A. chapter), and Los Angeles Humanity Advocacy Groupâ??s Melvin Snell.

Activists insisted that the Green murder in Harbor Gateway (where we learned that Latino gangs had forbidden blacks to cross the street) and hate-crime murders and attacks on blacks in Highland Park, werenâ??t random racial attacks. Rather, these show to them that the Mexican Mafia is moving on an agenda that forces African Americans living in Southern California areas under Mexican Mafia Control to leave or be killed.

In light of this, Snell, argue, LAPDâ??s gang strategy was like â??putting a Band-Aid on cancer.â?

Criminal attorney Anthony Willoughby, who has defended members of the Mexican Mafia, said that city leaders need to loudly condemn the racial killings and bring in the FBI, advice he gave L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the mayoral election. â??The silence by elected officials has been deafening.â? He repeats it now, adding, â??There are major problems from Riverside all the way to L.A. The silence is an indictment of the black elected officials because they have sold their souls.â?

To Luisa Prudhomme, the Justice Department hasnâ??t said anything she didnâ??t already know. Obsessed with the search for the Avenues gang shooter who murdered her African-American son Anthony in 2000, Prudhomme compiled an impressive roster of law enforcement officials who told her that the Mexican Mafia directed the racially motivated killing of Anthony, as well as homicides and attacks on other blacks in Highland Park. And yet, none of the law enforcement officials Prudhomme directed this reporter to call back in March would go on the record about the Mexican Mafiaâ??s role in the Highland Park murders, including FBI agent Jerry Fradella, whom Prudhomme insists drew that connection for her. CityBeat contacted Fradella, who agreed to speak about it, pending approval by FBI press agent Laura Eimiller. But Eimiller e-mailed that Fradella worked the Avenues case â??from a civil rights standpoint and is not an expert on the Mexican Mafia.â?

Today Prudhomme asks the same question sheâ??s asked a lot in the last six years: â??Whereâ??s the outrage?â? Certainly thereâ??s enough to go around. The arrests of the F 13s, the 2007 indictments of the Columbia Lil Cycos (a subset of the 18th Street Gang) and the â??Coachella Emeâ? provide chilling details of the Mexican Mafiaâ??s escalating grip on the Southern California streets. Taken together, the indictments, as well as an affidavit by an FBI agent unsealed last month, offer troublesome proof of the connections between Latino gangs and the prisons, where incarcerated gangbangers who fail to follow Mexican Mafia orders are dealt with swiftly and violently, while those who obey are protected.

In L.A., the F 13s began targeting black gang members supposedly around a beef with a Crips subset. The LA F13s is one of the largest street gangs in L.A. County, with family members spanning generations, too. This is organized crime: Networks of shooters, gunrunners, drug dealers, legal fees paid in bags of cash. Generations tied to a gang that is potentially as powerful as the Sicilian Mafia was in the â??50s, with a racial agenda to boot.

Blacks murdered standing on street corners, or waiting for the bus. Gang members bragging that they â??got another one.â? There were 41 murders in Florence-Firestone in 2005. Only half of the victims were gang affiliated.

â??I feel vindicated,â? says Ali, who adds that heâ??s gotten flack all year from his Latino and African-American friends who feared this dialogue would further fuel the fires of racial hatred.

In 2006 and 2007, The Southern Poverty Law Center website offered articles about ethnic cleansing and the Mexican Mafia by Brentin Mock, including one by Tony Rafael, a writer who has been tracking the Mexican Mafia for nearly a decade. Black minuteman organizer Ted Hayes seized on â??ethnic cleansingâ? to rally anti-immigrant forces around a theme that â??illegal aliensâ? were killing blacks. Mock apologized, even though both of his articles would prove to be accurate……

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No One Gets Out Alive
How Florencia 13 ruled the streets
The chilling details from the indictments
LA City Beat
November 8, 2007

The largest federal gang case ever in Southern California has netted 80 members of the Florencia 13 street gang, with 21 others still at large. The accused are charged with a variety of crimes, ranging from racketeering to narcotics trafficking to attempted murder. While many of them were plucked straight from the higher echelons of the gangâ??s leadership structure, a number of â??day-to-day gangstersâ? are included as well.

â??Theyâ??re a serious threat to the health and safety of the people of South L.A.,â? said Assistant United States Attorney Peter A. Hernandez. â??The intent [was] to cripple the gang as much as possible in terms of the leadership structure and their abilities to traffic in large amounts of drugs, to diminish the random acts of violence â?¦ and to lessen the control they have on the community.â?

Worries exist, though, that the arrests could leave a power vacuum in the area, leading remaining gangs to fill it as quickly as possible. A significant portion of the drug trade in the area is now up for grabs.

â??Our hope is that people wouldnâ??t necessarily come over and take over the drug distribution dens that Florencia 13 set up,â? said Hernandez.

The two arrest sweeps last month are part of an ongoing investigation focused on a range of criminal activities, including a string of race-motivated murders. â??The most disturbing aspect of the case is that in working to eradicate rival gangs from streets claimed by Florencia, gang members allegedly engaged in a series of attacks on rival African-American gangs that extended to innocent citizens who ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin,â? said United States Attorney Thomas P. Oâ??Brien in a statement. Investigations continue into these alleged race-motivated murders, many allegedly committed by Florencia against their rivals, of whom the most significant are the predominantly African-American East Coast Crips.

The four indictments are wide-ranging and detail a complex, three-year investigation â?? named Operation Jokerâ??s Wild â?? into the Florencia 13â??s activities in and around Huntington Park and other unincorporated areas south of Los Angeles.

According to the indictments, the gang was controlled by senior gang members in the Mexican Mafia, an organized gang involved in narcotics distribution and other criminal activities in Californiaâ??s state prisons. Florencia 13 collected â??taxesâ? from people participating in other criminal activities in areas it controlled and paid its own â??taxesâ? to the Mexican Mafia in exchange for controlling the areas it operated in, and for protection once gang members entered Californiaâ??s prison system……

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A peace rally in racially divided Gateway, where bullet holes mar a street sign.

No One Gets Out Alive
Race Crimes
The toll of murder and mayhem based on skin color
La City Beat
November 8, 2007

March 23, 2007 â?? Kevin William Ridenour, 21, and Nicholas Edward Craig, 18, both white, burn a large wooden cross on the street in front of a Westwood rectory. They plead guilty to felony interference with the housing rights of an African-American priest.

Feb. 2007 â?? Three Latino girls in Inglewood are beat up by 13 blacks, who allegedly yelled racial slurs.

Jan. 26, 2007 â?? Demetrius Perry, 23, is shot to death while playing basketball by Latinos yelling a gang epithet in Florence-Firestone area.

Jan. 2007 â?? Ollis Morris, 58, finds his Compton apartment burglarized, a garage set on fire, and racial slurs sprayed on the walls.

Dec. 2006 â?? Bogos Barsegian, 59, allegedly knocks two black women to the ground and threatens to destroy their house when one canâ??t pay her cab fare in Pasadena. He is charged with suspicion of hate crimes, attempted robbery, and making terrorist threats.

Dec. 15, 2006 â?? Cheryl Green, 14, is shot to death by Latino 204th Street gang in Harbor Gateway. Jonathan Fajardo, 18, and Ernesto Alcarez, 20, plead not guilty to capital murder and hate crimes. They will stand trial.

Dec. 5, 2006 â?? Arturo Ponce (a.k.a. Arturo Mercado), 34, a Latino, is killed on 205th Street in Harbor Gateway. He had no gang affiliation. Witnesses say the shooter yelled a Mexican slur. The case is unsolved.

Oct. 31, 2006 â?? In Long Beach, nine black teens are found guilty of assaulting three white teens. Eight face a hate-crime sentencing enhancement. Eight are sentenced to probation and house arrest; one is sentenced to only probation.

July 7, 2006 â?? Ronald Lee Bray, 25, yells racial slurs, spits on a black man in a wheelchair, and pushes him into a light pole in Costa Mesa. He is sentenced to two years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime and making a criminal threat.

Feb. 2006 â?? Latino/Black riots at Pitchess Detention Center.

August 23, 2005 â?? Steve Lawson, an African-American, is threatened with a knife and harassed with racial slurs by Abel Castaneda, 39, a Latino, of Santa Ana. Castaneda is convicted of a hate crime, making criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

2005 â?? Alejandro Barrales, a Latino, is shot to death by East Coast Crips.

2005 â?? Gabino Lopez, 52, Latino, is killed by a black man trying to join East Coast Crips.

2003 â?? Eric Butler, 39, black, is shot to death as he drove from the the Del Amo Market, which the 204th Street gang considered within its territory, in Harbor Gateway. The case is unsolved.

Sept. 29, 2001 â?? Robert Hightower, 19, a black high school senior from Pasadena, is shot to death after visiting his sister by a 204th street gang member in Harbor Gateway. He was shot because the gang member was upset a black had defeated a Latino in a boxing match. A gang member is convicted of murder.

Dec. 11, 2000 â?? Christopher Bowser, 28, black â?? harassed and beaten up by the defendants in the Anthony Prudhomme case for years â?? is shot to death. Four gang members arrested â?? Gilbert â??Luckyâ? Saldana, Alejandro â??Birdâ? Martinez, Fernando â??Sneakyâ? Cazares, and Porfirio â??Dreamerâ? Avila. They are convicted of hate crimes, assaults, and killings, and are sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

August 25, 2000 â?? Kent Lopez, 20, black, is shot to death by 204th Street gang members. Two gang members are convicted of murder.

July 22, 2000 â?? Mario Cervantes, 18, Latino, is shot and killed on 206th Street by a black member of 208th Street Crips who is convicted of murder. Cervantes was a recent 204th Street gang member.

May 21, 2000 â?? Dino Downs, 41, black, is shot to death by two Latinos, possibly members of 204th Street gang, outside his home on 208th Street. The case is unsolved.

2000 â?? Anthony Prudhomme, black, is killed by Latino gang Avenues in Highland Park. Four gang members arrested â?? Gilbert â??Luckyâ? Saldana, Alejandro â??Birdâ? Martinez, Fernando â??Sneakyâ? Cazares, and Porfirio â??Dreamerâ? Avila. They are convicted of hate crimes, assaults, and killings and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

June 2, 1999 â?? Manuel Flores, 32, Latino, is shot to death by a black man on 208th Street. The case is unsolved.

April19, 1999 â?? Michael Richardson, 22, black, is shot to death on 207th Street by a 204th Street gang member in Harbor Gateway. A gang member was convicted of murder and a hate crime.

April 1999 â?? Kenneth Wilson, black, is shot and killed by three Latino members of the Avenues gang (the same defendants in Prudhomme case).

March 27, 1997 â?? Marquis Wilbert, 11, black, is shot and killed by a 204th Street gang member in Harbor Gateway. A gang member is convicted of murder.

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Nearly 150 involved in fight that students blame on feud between rival gangs.

A fight outside Lakewood High School yesterday morning escalated into a full-scale riot inside the building, where nearly 150 students attacked each other, innocent bystanders and even police.

The first officers to respond to the scene were set upon by combatants and needed to call in backup from several surrounding towns. Students said the fight was precipitated by rival black and Hispanic gangs, who had been sparring in recent days.

At its height, the melee featured random attacks on bystanders, students throwing chairs and tables and some officers pinned to the ground.

Police in full riot gear and using pepper spray and dogs finally got things under control after about 20 minutes. Worried parents summoned to the school by cell phone calls from their children found it in a state of siege, and some were arrested when they refused to obey orders from police.

“It was a riot,” Fred Anderson, 16, said after his mother took him out of school early. “It was everybody for yourself.”

By the time the fracas was over, about a dozen students and adults were arrested, including two “intruders” who instigated the brawl around 10:45 a.m. in a parking lot outside the lunchroom, police and school officials said.

The most serious injury was a student who needed stitches for facial injuries, officials said. Some police officers also were hurt, but none seriously, Deputy Police Chief Charles Smith said.

The school was placed in lockdown for about an hour as fighting raged and police conducted mop-up operations. The school remained open, although many parents pulled their children out early. Officials said school would open this morning and warned students to carry their ID cards.

Police were still sorting out what prompted the initial fight, but they and others said it was related to at least one after-school fight last week that contributed to an incident at a party over the weekend.

Ten Lakewood police officers who responded to the initial call of a fight at the Ocean County school were almost immediately overwhelmed by the number of fighting students and called for backup after they were attacked, said Smith.

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OMAHA, Neb. â?? Law enforcement officials arrested 40 people and seized drugs, cash and weapons, seriously denting Omaha operations of a street gang with ties to Central America, officials with several agencies said Tuesday.

The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

Fifteen of those arrested were linked directly to the gang and charged with various gun, drug and immigration violations, First Assistant U.S. Attorney William Mickle said. Ten were charged federally and five faced state charges.

While searching for gang members, authorities arrested 25 people and charged them only with being in the United States illegally, said Bill Wallrapp, resident agent-in-charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Wallrapp said authorities were still determining whether some of those people were tied to the gang.

Authorities seized illegal weapons, 20 pounds of marijuana, a half pound of methamphetamines and 4 ounces of cocaine, Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren said.

Agents with the FBI, ICE, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nebraska State Patrol and Omaha and Bellevue police continued executing search warrants and making arrests Tuesday, and authorities expected gang arrests and indictments to rise.

“We’re on our way to dismantling MS-13 here in Omaha,” FBI Special Agent-in-Charge John Kavanaugh said.

Details about the charges and those suspected were not immediately available because the indictments were sealed.

The arrests came as part of Operation Community Shield, a national initiative targeting gangs that was launched more than two years ago after federal officials identified the MS-13 gang as one of the nation’s largest and most violent.

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Gang rivalry grows into race war

LA Times

Over the years, two rival gangs have battled over control of the drug trade in Florence-Firestone, an unincorporated neighborhood north of Watts.

The feud has escalated into what many residents call a race war.

It used to be that innocent bystanders were not targeted, said Chris Le Grande, pastor of Great Hope Fellowship in Faith, one of Florence-Firestone’s largest black churches. “Now it’s deliberate. ‘I’m deliberately shooting you because of your color.’ ”

On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office announced a sweeping indictment against more than 60 members of Florencia 13, accusing the Latino gang of waging a violent campaign to drive out African American rivals. Once primarily black, the working class community of 60,000 today is mostly Latino.

The neighborhood saw 41 homicides in 2005, surpassing the homicide rate in some of the nation’s most dangerous big cities, authorities said. About half of those killed had no gang affiliation.

Homicides dropped to 19 last year after a major law enforcement crackdown that led to 230 felony arrests and the seizure of 130 weapons. But the level of violence remains high.

Authorities attribute the neighborhood’s gang troubles in large part to the huge demographic shift that occurred in this economically depressed community over the last 20 years, tipping the balance of power from black to Latino and turning it into a tinderbox of racial tensions.

That kind of demographic shift has occurred in many parts of Southern California, but Florence-Firestone is one of the places where it has turned violent.

Race, gang rivalry and drugs have become impossibly tangled as motives in killings and assaults in the neighborhood, authorities and residents say. The result: a gangland version of racial profiling.

“They just see a young man of the opposite race and they shoot,” said Olivia Rosales, a former hate-crime prosecutor, who prosecuted all the East Coast-Florencia murder cases for the last two years. “They don’t stop to question whether or not they are a member of the gang.”

Of the 20 cases she prosecuted, said Rosales, who now runs the district attorney’s Whittier office, “most of the victims have not been members of the rival gang.”

Demetrius Perry, 22, was shot to death by Latinos yelling a gang epithet as he played basketball in January at Drew Middle School, witnesses said.

“We used to kick it with” Latinos, said Perry’s father, Benny, who is black and grew up in the area. “Now you constantly hear about it: This is their land first and they’ve come to take it back.”

Timothy Slack, who lives a few blocks from Great Hope Fellowship church, said Latino gang members often drive by shooting at blacks. He doesn’t allow his kids to go to the store and he never uses alleys anymore.

Slack grew up in Florence-Firestone when it was mostly black and had few Latinos.

Back then, “they were timid,” he said. “But as their numbers started getting bigger, then they started trying to be tougher. They started thinking they could demand stuff.”

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“Federal prosecutors level racketeering and drug charges on more than 60 people who they say targeted African American rivals.”

Members of Latino gang charged with race-motivated crimes
LA Times
October 16, 2007

Federal prosecutors today charged members of the Latino Florencia 13 street gang with racially motivated crimes against African Americans, including several attempted homicides.

Authorities said the gang specifically tried to eliminate rival African American gangs in South L.A. and the Florence-Firestone area in an effort to “cleanse” the neighborhood. In doing so, they mistakenly harassed and attacked innocent African American residents, according to the indictment.

More than 60 members and associates of the Florencia 13 street gang were charged with federal racketeering and drug charges.

“In their attempt to intimidate African Americans in the community, they targeted innocent citizens,” U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the arrests were the result of a nearly three-year investigation into the gang that culminated in federal indictments at the end of the summer.

The arrests come as both local and federal officials have launched a crackdown on race-motivated gang crime across L.A. Authorities have already filed charges against a different Latino gang in the Harbor Gateway area accused of crimes against African Americans, including the slaying of a teenage girl last year.

Gang crime has been dropping across Los Angeles over the last few years, but Police Chief William J. Bratton and other authorities have expressed concern about isolated instances of racially charged gang violence both on the streets and in L.A. County jails.

According to prosecutors, the defendants are named in two indictments: one that charges violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and another on charges of federal narcotics trafficking violations. The indictments were returned by a federal grand jury Sept. 27 and were unsealed this morning, authorities said.

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The US intends to supply Mexico with a $1bn aid package to help combat an increasingly costly and violent war against drugs, according to a top Mexican diplomat.

The agreement, which some experts have dubbed �Plan Mexico� after the controversial multi-billion-dollar anti-narcotics package the US established with Colombia in 2000, would be spread out over two years and include the supply of intelligence, training and equipment such as helicopters and boats.

However, Carlos Rico, Mexicoâ??s undersecretary for North American affairs, said the plan would not resemble the aid package with Colombia. In particular, he said, no US troops would be allowed to operate on Mexican soil, thus sidestepping the particularly sensitive issue of Mexican sovereignty.

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An apparent gang member with a tattoo reading, ‘Sur,’ for Southern California is arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Friday morning, on immigration and criminal violations in the San Fernando Valley.

Immigration sweep targets Valley gangs
Daily News
October 5, 2007

In the continuing crackdown on illegal criminal immigrants, 37 foreign nationals face federal criminal charges or deportation following the second of two major enforcement operations within as many weeks by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeting aliens with ties to violent street gangs in the San Fernando Valley.

The latest arrests came as more than 200 ICE agents fanned out across the Valley this morning and in several other communities searching for foreign national gang members. Today’s operation, which netted 28 arrests, is the second of two major enforcement actions carried out by ICE targeting aliens linked to 15 violent Valley-based street gangs. The first operation, which took place September 20, resulted in nine gang members and gang associates being taken into custody.

Among those arrested by ICE agents today was Jorge Torres, 31, a reputed member of the Project Boys, whose criminal record includes prior convictions for drug charges as well as battery on a police officer. Torres, who has been previously deported five times, has been indicted by the United States Attorney’s Office for re-entry after deportation, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Most of the remaining targets were taken into custody on administrative immigration violations. They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.

“The people targeted in these operations are career criminals who often prey on members of the immigrant community,” said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge for the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles.

“We want to send a clear message to foreign national gang members that ICE intends to deal strongly with those who ignore our immigration laws and place our neighborhoods at risk.”…..

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A New Mexico news crew catches a gang fight on tape while reporting a story about local crime. New Mexico State Representative, Miguel Garcia blames the fight on lack of security and surveillance in the park.

Umm I don’t think so. It has everything to do with how these kids are raised. The Latino culture doesn’t value education and too many kids are dropping out of school and having children at an early young age.

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MEXICO CITY â?? Federal crimes such as gangland-style murders and kidnappings reached record levels in Mexico during the first half of the year, a new report from Mexico’s Congress found, making Mexico one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

One analyst who worked on the report said Mexico’s murder rate now tops all others in the Western Hemisphere.

“In a global context, we suffer from more homicides, that is to say, violent deaths, than any other region in the world except for certain regions on the African continent,” said Eduardo Rojas, who helped put together the crime report at the Center for Social and Public Opinion Studies, a research arm of the Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies.

The report, made public last week, was a setback for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose tough new war on drug trafficking has sent thousands of Mexican Army troops into the countryside and a record number of drug suspects to the United States for trial.

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