Gangs now are trafficking at the wholesale bulk level, instead of just the retail plastic-bag level, notes the report, titled the National Drug Threat Assessment The bond has helped Mexican cartels to be more active in more U. The use of street and prison gangs has worked over and over for the cartels. The relationship means big money — and it also puts the fear of God into gangsters. The cartels don't play by traditional rules about peace treaties between gangsters or not killing families, said Emil Garza , who focuses on gangs for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
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Texas prison officials routinely take photographs of gang tattoos to add to a Web-based database. When his uncle, Roy Williams, ran to help his nephew, gang member Richard Diaz told him, "Niggers have no business living in Pomona because this is 12th Street territory. Shoot the niggers! The violence is not even limited to Los Angeles County. This November, six members of a Latino gang in Carlsbad, Calif. According to police, the shooters used racial epithets and told the victim, "We don't like your kind of people on our street.
Ten Years of Terror Anti-black violence conducted by Latino gangs in Los Angeles has been ongoing for more than a decade. But while the Latino gangs' racial terror campaign is not new, gang experts and law enforcement authorities say the intensity and frequency of anti-black terrorism is now escalating, as the amount of turf in Los Angeles claimed by Latino gangs continues to increase rapidly. And, as more and more blacks leave inner-city L. Since , the African-American population of Los Angeles has dropped by half as blacks relocated to suburbs, and Latinos have moved into historically black neighborhoods.
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Not only are there vastly fewer black people walking the streets, there are vastly fewer obvious black gang members. Beige skin and baggy khakis have displaced the red and blue bandanas of the Bloods and the Crips. That's not only more than all the Crips and the Bloods; it's more than all black, Asian, and white gang members combined.
Almost all of those Latino gang members in L. Most have been thoroughly indoctrinated with the Mexican Mafia's violent racism during stints in prison, where most gangs are racially based. A Landmark Case In Highland Park, located just north of downtown and one of oldest settled areas in Los Angeles, there have been at least three racially motivated "green light" murders committed by members of the Avenues since Besides Anthony Prudhomme, the victims included Christopher Bowser, a black man who was bullied and sporadically assaulted for years by Avenues members, then gunned down in broad daylight at a bus stop, and Kenneth Kurry Wilson, who didn't even live in the vicinity.
Wilson was simply parking his car to drop off his nephew after a late night at a bar when he crossed paths with Avenues gang members riding in a stolen van. According to later court testimony, one of the gang members in the van spotted Wilson and said, "Hey, wanna kill a nigger?
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The murders of Bowser and Wilson resulted in a groundbreaking criminal case brought by the U. Avila was already serving life in prison after being prosecuted by the state of California for his role in the killings, while Saldana was incarcerated for his role in another murder.
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In the past, federal prosecutors have typically used civil rights violation conspiracy laws against members of white supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. The federal case against the Avenues gang marked the first time the Department of Justice used such laws against members of a non-white criminal organization, officials said. Attorney Debra Wong Yang said in a statement released after the verdicts were rendered.
The victims, Yang added, "were killed by the defendants simply because they were African Americans who chose to live in a particular neighborhood. The evidence showed that Avenues members pistol-whipped a black jogger in Highland Park; used a metal club to beat a black man who had stopped to make a call at a pay phone; shot a year-old black youth riding a bicycle; and drew outlines of human bodies in chalk in the driveway of a black family that had moved into the neighborhood. Prosecutors brought the federal hate-crimes case against the Avenues to send all Latino gangs in Los Angeles County a message that ethnic cleansing will not be tolerated.
Federal prison time is a greater threat to gang leaders than California state prison time, both because there is no parole in the federal system and because the federal government routinely transfers gang leaders to penitentiaries far from home, where they are cut off from the support and protection of their gang. The government's message may have been received, but it's not being obeyed. Shortly after the federal hate crimes trial ended this fall, Avenues member James "Drifter" Campbell, 47, was charged with criminal threats for pointing a gun at a year-old African-American high school student in Highland Park, the second such incident that month.
Mrozek said there are currently no plans to bring more federal hate crimes charges against other Latino gang members, though he acknowledges that similar crimes "are probably still going on.
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