“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.

13 Responses to “Members Of Latino Gang Charged With Race-Motivated Hate Crimes”

  1. 1 George(formerly-Ed)

    IT takws thre years to get evidence why so long????? Bet they get deported & come right back.

  2. 2 Sandman

    I bet Pelosi & Reid (Bush& others too) would LOVE to add these fine young men to the dream act so that they could, you know get a piece of the American dream…After all, they are just hard working family-values folks! Look how vibrant they all are!

  3. 3 gpatriot

    LOL…they look like thier in a gay porno.

  4. 4 1Madmomma

    With any luck they will get accidentally put on the Bloods, or Crips side of the jail. See how tough they are then.

  5. 5 Bensbca

    It’s funny how a pro illegal alien rag like the LA Times is all of a sudden worried about some of the crimes these good family values people, are acting out on. If the LA police had recinded Special Order 40, which doesn’t allow police to ask about immigration status, some of these innocent african americans would still be alive. The blood of these people, is on the hands of mayor Villagaracist, and his friends!


    Well!! folks you should start to learn, to live with it , for this is the future of all America, if the federal Goverment or the local Goverment don’t do something about it. Specially those who turn their Cities to santuaries or continue with the special order forty and also our Citizens continue to elect politician, who are illegals aliens lovers .. for it was not for it, these Hispanic Gang would not have been able to increase in numbers so fast… That are now becoming neighborhood Terrorist . WE THE PEOPLE need to elect real leaders who are going to change the face of America and I ‘m not talking the face of the individual of the picture in this article , but the faces of progressible person.. by the way the guy with the white cap ,doesn’t  he looks like an African American?

  7. 7 the marlboro man

    They all should be sent down to the BUCHIE RANCH in CRAWFORD to work for the next 2years!!The guy in the white cap just has so many TATs on his face its hard to tell what he is,human or animal???

  8. 8 GuardDog

    The article does not mention their residency status. My guess is some are legal and some are illegal. What’s the difference. The ones that are legal will do their time and be put back on the streets. The ones that are illegal will do their time, be deported after, and then easily cross back over to join their homies again. The cycle continues.

    BTW, the picture is not related to the story. I just picked it off the net.

  9. 9 George(formerly-Ed)

    This is off the topic Bt I just read on cnn that Obama is not only related to tricky dick Chainy But also to Bush go read it also hnnity & clombs they are doing a week long report on MS13 they have avideo on their site.

  10. 10 the marlboro man

    I know sometimes I get off on a rant but if this kind of shit was to show up around here ,they wouldn,t last to long!I still carry a gun in my truck,along with about 2/3 of, everyone else,we won,t put up with this kink of shit out here in the NAT,FOREST! We have a lot of people from ORLANDO,TAMPA come out here on weekends and they are amazed that we still ride around with guns in our trucks,at the local watering hole a couple of weeks ago some gang bangers from ORLANDO came in took one look and left!Because everyone stoped what they were doing and just staired at them,I don,t think they even went swiming!

  11. 11 Cribster

    Those facial tat’s look very much like bullseye’s in my minds eye. Lot’s of interesting patterns to shoot at.

  12. 12 newyorker

    What a bunch of savages. I thought the Bronx was bad.

  13. 13 Eddie B.

    Mark your targets before you shoot.

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