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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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December 8, 2001 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The moment the beer bottle fire bomb crashed through Sandra Sanni's bedroom window, the sleeping woman bolted up and saw sparks flying past her dresser, sprinkling a trail of embers on a pile of laundry and the hall carpet. The bottle landed at the entrance to her 6-year-old boy's bedroom door and burst into flames. "I was batting it down with a blanket, but all I was doing was spreading the sparks," the Azusa woman said Friday.
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March 30, 1995
In 1993, for the first time, gay men became the most frequent targets of hate crimes in Los Angeles County. This trend continued in 1994, with a 25.6% increase over the previous year. Crimes against Latinos and lesbians were also increased over 1993. Breakdown of crimes by geography, type of crime and victims: In 1994, race and sexual orientation triggered the greatest number of crimes reported.
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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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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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September 29, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hate crime charges have been filed against two men who prosecutors believe were prompted by the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday. Authorities said both cases involve defendants who allegedly threatened victims they believed were Middle Eastern. These are the first such hate crime filings in Los Angeles since the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said.
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July 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
In what police called a hate crime, four members of a Ventura white supremacist gang were arrested on suspicion of beating a Filipino man and punching and robbing a white co-worker early Wednesday, authorities said. James Smiley, 24; Michael Keaser, 23, and Joshua Brunkhurst, 18, all of Ventura, and Christopher Wallace, 18, of Oxnard were jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and committing a hate crime.
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July 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
In what police called a hate crime, four members of a Ventura white supremacist gang were arrested on suspicion of beating a Filipino man in Port Hueneme and punching and robbing a Caucasian co-worker early Wednesday, authorities said. James Smiley, 24, Michael Keaser, 23, and Joshua Brunkhurst, 18, all of Ventura, and Christopher Wallace, 18, of Oxnard, were jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and committing a hate crime.
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July 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An 18-year-old member of a reputed teenage white supremacist gang accused of terrorizing a Canyon Country neighborhood pleaded guilty Monday to charges of stalking a bus driver. David Eugene Lampman was one of several "skinhead" Santa Clarita Valley teens who were arrested during a police sweep in May for alleged stalking, burglarizing cars, setting off small explosives and vandalizing the Flowerpark neighborhood of Canyon Country. Lawrence E.
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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 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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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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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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