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Latino Gang Suspects Accused of Racial Attacks


Society & Culture  (tags: society, Gangs, Racism, hate, crime, violence, police, Federal )

Dee
- 3259 days ago - online.wsj.com
LOS ANGELES -- Federal indictments were unsealed Thursday against 147 alleged members of a Latino street gang charging them with a range of violent crimes, including racially motivated attacks against African-Americans, in a major gang sweep.



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Dee C (23)
Friday May 22, 2009, 1:09 am
"Roughly 1,400 law-enforcement officers -- including 17 separate SWAT teams -- from local, state and federal agencies participated in raids that began early Thursday morning. The sweep resulted in the arrests of 64 suspects. Of the others named in the indictments, 35 were already in custody and 48 remained at large.

The indictments, announced by U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien and other law-enforcement officials, mark the latest episode in a long-running gang crackdown in Southern California, regarded by many as the nation's street-gang capital. The seven-county area covered by the U.S. attorney's office is home to an estimated 100,000 gang members out of the nation's estimated 800,000 total."

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