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May 17, 1994 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Floyd thought it would never happen to him. But soon after the 28-year-old gay man moved into a Van Nuys apartment complex in 1993, his life became a nightmare. It started when his building manager called him "fag" in front of other tenants. Someone scratched a huge "F" into his car. He found excrement smeared on his front door. One neighbor shoved him, and another threatened to kill him. "Why are you doing this?" a shaken Floyd asked.
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December 21, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the three months since the terrorist attacks, there have been seven times more reports of hate crimes directed against Middle Easterners in Los Angeles County than in all of last year, county officials announced Thursday. The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission said that, between Sept. 11 and Dec. 12, 92 hate crimes were committed against individuals or groups because of a belief that they were Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. "As you can see, a wave of hate followed Sept.
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March 13, 1993 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cynthia Hayes looks at her tiny, charred dining room and talks of moving her family out of Hawaiian Gardens. She wants to get away from the memory of a firebomb that crashed through the window on March 6, the ugly racial slurs painted on the wall outside. She fears for her children. But her mother, her boyfriend, even her Latino neighbors urge her not to run from the bigots.
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October 2, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hate crime charges will be filed today against two white men who allegedly followed a Latino man to his Lancaster home and attacked him, mistakenly thinking he was from the Middle East, according to district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. Mark Martin, 20, and his uncle, Timothy Martin, 34, were booked after the incident last week on suspicion of assault and burglary against 47-year-old Gerald Pimental, according to Sgt. Paul Patterson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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April 21, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hate crimes in Los Angeles County dropped 17.6% last year, thanks in large part to the region's rebounding economy, the county's Commission on Human Relations said Monday. Overall, the number of hate crimes reported in 1997 dropped to 820, from 995 the previous year. Hate crimes directed against African Americans dropped 7.5%, while those against Latinos decreased 9.5%. Gay-bashing dropped by about 35%, and ethnicity-based crimes against Middle Easterners fell by nearly half.
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March 30, 1995 | ERROL A. COCKFIELD Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Violence targeting gay men, lesbians and Latinos increased sharply last year despite a slight drop overall in hate crimes throughout Los Angeles County, according to a county report released Wednesday. Compiling incidents from various police departments and private watchdog groups, the county Commission on Human Relations documented 776 hate crimes in 1994--seven fewer than in 1993.
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March 30, 1995 | ERROL A. COCKFIELD Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Violence targeting Latinos, gays and lesbians increased sharply last year despite a slight drop in hate crimes throughout Los Angeles County, according to a report released Wednesday. Compiling incidents from various police departments and private watchdog groups, the county Commission on Human Relations documented 776 hate crimes in 1994--seven fewer than in 1993. It was the first decrease since the commission began reporting 15 years ago.
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March 22, 1996 | PAUL H. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six Israeli teenagers who survived a suicide bombing as they boarded their bus for school visited Los Angeles on Thursday to warn others about the dangers of bigotry and help the Anti-Defamation League launch a new ad campaign against discrimination. "We have to carry on. We should stop all this hatred," said Sivan Horesh, a 14-year-old from Tel Aviv who escaped injury in an October 1994 bombing attack only because she had run to the back of the bus to pick up a dropped necklace.
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January 27, 2000 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An African American teenager who claimed he was assaulted on Jan. 14 by three racist skinheads admitted to authorities Wednesday that he lied about the attack. The 15-year-old reversed his story after a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective confronted the youth with conflicting accounts of the incident. In fact, he got into a fight with two black high school acquaintances and damaged his braces, authorities said. "His mom put a lot of money into his teeth," said Det. Brian Schoonmaker.
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June 8, 1999 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A onetime member of the Nazi Low Riders gang was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for hate crimes in attacks on two African Americans in Lancaster. Eric Dillard, now 18, apologized for his actions, which included the beating and stabbing of a black teenager out for a walk more than three years ago. At the sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge Monday ordered two white men to stand trial on felony charges they stalked and made death threats against an African American businessman from Canyon Country. David Wayne Haisten, 19, and Kevin Michael Conroy, 21, both of the Santa Clarita area, are jailed in lieu of $380,000 bail. Each faces up to nine years in state prison if convicted.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Sheriff's investigators are looking for someone who scrawled a swastika and the words "Die Jews" on the front door of a Canyon Country apartment where a 41-year-old Jewish man lives, authorities said. The incident is believed to have occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, Santa Clarita Sheriff's Sgt. Don Wyman said. The Sheriff's Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
Sheriff's investigators are looking for the vandal who scrawled a swastika and the words "Die Jews" on the front door of 41-year-old Jewish man's Canyon Country apartment, authorities said. The incident is believed to have occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday in the 26900 block of Flo Lane, Santa Clarita Sheriff's Sgt. Don Wyman said. The graffiti was written in white crayon on the lower portion of the door. The sheriff's Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident.
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June 13, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two young white men were arrested Monday night on suspicion of making terrorist threats and stalking a black Canyon Country business owner every day for several months, authorities said. Kevin Mitchell Conroy, 21, and David Wayne Haisten, 19, allegedly followed the victim from work at night, interfered with his ability to conduct business, insulted him with racial epithets and threatened to kill him, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen said.
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June 9, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teenage members of a reputed white supremacist gang accused of terrorizing a Canyon Country neighborhood were assigned to juvenile camps this week while a third was placed on probation and released to his parents. A fourth teen, David Eugene Lampman, 18, the only adult arrested in a police sweep last month, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 9 in Newhall Superior Court. Detectives, who are continuing their investigation, said as many as 10 more arrests are expected in the case.
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January 24, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Tuesday announced the formation of a hate crimes unit, citing the need for a more sophisticated approach to combating the problem. "Hate crimes seriously threaten our society's democratic principles," Baca said during a press conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. The unit will comprise a sergeant and six investigators. Its goals include establishing a multi-jurisdictional task force and providing more public information.
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April 25, 1997 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose a dramatic 25% in 1996, a figure that human relations experts attribute to better law enforcement efforts and demographic shifts in several cities. Officials with the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations stressed that the figures are not cause for alarm and instead can be linked to better public awareness and a willingness to report crimes that in years past would have been overlooked.
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September 7, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Residents of multiethnic Los Angeles County are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with one another's racial and cultural differences, according to a special report released Thursday by the county Human Relations Commission that shows a marked increase in hate crimes in the first six months of 1990. African-Americans, Latinos, Jews and Arab-Americans have had their homes vandalized and defaced with swastikas and racist graffiti, the commission reported.
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November 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After reviewing psychiatric reports, a judge Wednesday suspended the criminal case against Marie Elise West, the first person charged with a capital hate crime in Los Angeles County, and declared her mentally incompetent to stand trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael S. Luros ordered the 35-year-old Hermosa Beach woman to be transferred to Patton State Hospital, a mental health facility in San Bernardino County for patients who have been charged with felonies.
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September 11, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating three hate-related incidents reported in the Antelope Valley over the weekend. Saturday morning, a black family in Palmdale found racial slurs and swastikas written in chalk on the driveway of their house in the 37900 block of Rose Marie Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Palmdale station. The family also discovered a slashed tire and a slash in a car's convertible top.
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