Hate Crime Under Justice

Feb 8, 2013

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, Efren Marquez, 21, were arrested on Jan. 24 for committing an alleged hate crime in Compton,CA.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two Hispanic reputed gang members were expected to be arraigned today on federal hate crime charges for allegedly carrying out a racially motivated attack against four black juveniles as part of a campaign to intimidate black residents and force them out of their Compton neighborhood.

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, and Efren Marquez, 21, were named in a five-count indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury. Both were indicted on a single count of conspiracy to interfere with housing rights and four counts of interfering with housing rights, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, Aguilar and Marquez approached a black 17-year- old who was walking along a Compton street on Dec. 31 and referred to themselves as “NKs,” a racial term referring to someone who kills black people. The teen ran to his girlfriend’s house, where other black juveniles were located, and Aguilar and Marquez allegedly yelled racial epithets at the group and demanded that they get out of the neighborhood. They also allegedly assaulted the 17-year-old boy with a pipe and threatened another juvenile with a gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

When the juveniles managed to run into the house, Aguilar and Marquez left the scene but returned a short time later with about 15 other gang members who went to the victims’ homes and yelled racial slurs and warned them to get out of the neighborhood, prosecutors allege. One of the gang members also smashed a window of one of the homes, prosecutors said.

“Hate-fueled crimes have no place in our society,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said. “No one should have to look over their shoulder in fear because of who they area. Incidents like the one described in the federal indictment prove that we must remain vigilant to ensure that the rights of every single American resident are protected at all times.”

Aguilar and Marquez had been in custody on unrelated state charges, but were transferred to federal charges today. There were expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court.

If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in prison on each count, prosecutors said.

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Downtown Los Angeles On Lock-Down

Feb 8, 2013

Sheriff’s officials have locked-down the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles in response to an unconfirmed report that someone generally matching the description of Christopher Jordan Dorner was seen in the area. Streets have been blocked off in the area.

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LAPD Shoots Innocent Citizens In Massive Man Hunt For Ex-cop

Feb 8, 2013

Photo By Reuters/Patrick T. Fallon

LOS ANGELES – A 71-year-old woman remained hospitalized this morning with two gunshot wounds she suffered when Los Angeles police detectives on the lookout for Christopher Jordan Dorner opened fire on her pickup truck as she and her daughter were delivering the Los Angeles Times in Torrance.

Emma Hernandez and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, were shot at on Redbeam Avenue in Torrance before dawn Thursday. Hernandez was twice hit in the back, according to her attorney, and was reported Thursday night to be stable. Her daughter received stitches on her finger.

“The problem with the situation is, it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don’t look like a large black man,” criminal defense attorney practicing in Delaware, who is representing the victims, told the Los Angeles Times. Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and 270 pounds.

“We trust that the LAPD will step up and do the right thing and acknowledge that what they did was unacceptable, and we’ll deal with it,” Jonas said.

Police chief Charlie Beck Thursday called the Torrance shooting “a case of mistaken identity.”

Sources told The Times that the detectives involved in the shooting were on protective detail for a police official named in an online manifesto that authorities say Dorner posted to a Facebook page Monday. He has vowed to go on a killing spree in retaliation for having been fired from the LAPD and is accused of killing three people since Sunday.

Around 30 minutes after the women delivering papers were fired on, Torrance police opened fire after spotting a truck similar to Dorner’s at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No one was hurt.

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