L.A. Gangbangers On Trial For Antiblack Crimes

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A black man in Los Angeles was killed several years ago by Latino gangsters who were looking to “kill a n—-r?,” Newsweek reports. Federal prosecutors are taking the unusual approach of prosecuting four of “Avenues” gang-bangers under a civil-rights-era statute and a hate-crime law based on the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. The men are on trial charged with a six-year conspiracy to enforce an alleged gang policy to intimidate blacks into steering clear of a predominantly Latino area.

Informants will attempt to connect the defendants to a series of two dozen assaults, threats and intimidations between 1995 and 2001–including the murders of two local black men. Defense attorneys maintain that the violence was part of gang life, not a vendetta against blacks. Two defendants are already serving life sentences. If prosecutors have their way, all four will be behind bars for life.

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13773670/site/newsweek/

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