7 Mexicans arrested for racially motivated firebomb rampage in East LA
Imagine if the perpetrators had been white people. This would be the biggest news story in the USA right now.
Los Angeles (AFP) – Seven members of a notorious Los Angeles street gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday for their role in attacks targeting African-Americans.
The men, all members of the Big Hazard gang, allegedly took part in the 2014 firebombing of several residences of African-Americans in the city’s Boyle Heights neighborhood in a bid to push blacks out, according to the indictment handed down June 22.
“The defendants used firebombs to drive the victims from their homes because of their race,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. “This is a hate crime.
On May 12, 2014, the gang members, wearing gloves and disguises, went on a firebombing rampage, authorities said.
They split into groups, breaking victims’ windows before hurling the firebombs to maximize damage, according to the charge sheet.
They were charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights, arson, carrying explosives, racketeering and several other related crimes.