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April 3, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An emotional Assembly Speaker Willie Brown fended off persistent questions about his private law practice Tuesday by charging that scrutiny directed at him is racially motivated. "It's tough being black, mister, it really is," Brown said at a press conference, insisting that he has been a subject of inquiry by reporters and federal investigators because he is black, successful and a Democrat.
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NATIONAL
December 10, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON - More than 6,000 hate crimes were reported to U.S. law enforcement agencies in 2011 - a 6% decrease from 2010, the FBI said Monday. But crimes based on the victim's sexual orientation increased slightly. Nearly half of the 6,222 hate crimes reported in 2011 were racially motivated, the FBI said, with nearly three-fourths directed at African Americans. More than 16% were motivated by anti-white bias. About 59% of the known offenders for all reported hate crimes were white, and 21% were black, the agency said.
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NEWS
December 20, 1989 | RONALD J. OSTROW and DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators are focusing on "a possible racial motivation" behind the mail bombs that killed a federal appeals judge and a black attorney, Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh said Tuesday as police defused a bomb sent to the Jacksonville, Fla., office of the NAACP. The bombs, along with a fourth sent to the U.S.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Two men arrested in connection with a shooting rampage that terrorized the black community in Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend have confessed, police said Monday, and officials continued to investigate whether the crimes were racially motivated. Police arrest reports obtained by The Times say Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two people and Jake England, 19, confessed to shooting three. Three victims died and two were seriously wounded. England's arrest report says he drove during the shootings early Friday and later led police to the weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI
A man has been charged with a hate crime for a racially motivated attack on a black man in Van Nuys, the sixth report of a bias crime in the area in as many weeks, authorities said Tuesday. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed one count of assault with a deadly weapon with a special allegation of hatred and prejudice against Pedro Quintanilla, 22, of North Hills on Tuesday, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1987 | PATRICIA KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
In what a prosecutor called a warning to white supremacist groups, an Oregon man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for spraying a group of Latinos with a fire extinguisher from a passing car in the San Fernando Valley while yelling, "White power."
NEWS
January 12, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Angry and grieved, family members struggled Monday to come to terms with what had happened to Loc Minh Truong in their adopted homeland. "I know we live in a country where violence happens every day, people get beat up all the time," said Quat Truong, 35, the victim's nephew. "Still, you cannot believe how shocked I am that this happened to Loc." Loc Minh Truong's older sister, Ly Truong, had visited him at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo Monday morning.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The police chief of Gallup said he didn't believe there was a racial motive in the dragging of a Latino man for three-quarters of a mile behind a vehicle, leaving a trail of blood and skin. Chief Sylvester Stanley said police had no suspects and remain baffled about the motive for the dragging, in which Fausto Arellano was bound by the ankles and pulled by a rope early Sunday, starting at the apartment complex where he lived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A jury in Van Nuys finds Martin Sotelo, a Latino, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting — in the slaying of a black bowling alley worker. A 26-year-old Latino was convicted Thursday in the racially motivated killing of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee in 2008. A jury in Van Nuys deliberated less than three hours before finding Martin Sotelo, the last of four defendants to face charges in the case, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995
A racially motivated fight broke out Tuesday among 121 Latino and African American inmates at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, but no one was seriously hurt, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. "At 4 p.m., [a group of inmates] was let out of their cells to go to dinner," said Deputy Benita Nichol. "The 121 inmates divided along racial lines and began fighting. "Deputies quelled the disturbance within three minutes using verbal commands" and pepper spray, she said. No deputies were injured.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with the shootings of five black people in Tulsa, Okla., and authorities were investigating their backgrounds and Facebook pages to try to determine whether the attacks were racially motivated. Three of the shooting victims died. Police described the suspects as white, but a family friend said one was Cherokee. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, both of Tulsa, were arrested after an anonymous tip about 2 a.m. north of the city, near where the shootings occurred, Tulsa Police Department spokesman Jason Willingham said.
OPINION
November 3, 2011
There will be plenty of time to comment on sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain — a third emerged Tuesday — when all the facts are known. Meanwhile, we're disappointed that the businessman-turned-presidential candidate is playing the race card. It's an unexpected tack for a man who said just last month: "I don't believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way. " Apparently Cain does think his race is a factor in the revelations about the sexual harassment complaints.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2011 | By Holly Myers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The story of Ed Kienholz's "Five Car Stud" has been something of a mystery for decades. Made in Los Angeles between 1969 and 1972, it was the last work Kienholz completed here before moving to Berlin and one of the most powerful by any measure: a searing indictment of race relations in America, told with a stroke of blunt violence as alarming today as it was the year it was made. The piece was shown, however, only in Germany before being acquired by a Japanese collector and disappearing into the vaults of the museum he would go on to found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A top official with the U.S. Department of Justice vowed Friday "to peel the onion to its core" regarding allegations that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Antelope Valley have harassed minority residents of government-subsidized housing. Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas E. Perez said investigators would parse Sheriff's Department records and arrest data to determine if deputies were "used" in an alleged effort to drive out black and Latino residents of historically white Palmdale and Lancaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A jury in Van Nuys finds Martin Sotelo, a Latino, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting — in the slaying of a black bowling alley worker. A 26-year-old Latino was convicted Thursday in the racially motivated killing of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee in 2008. A jury in Van Nuys deliberated less than three hours before finding Martin Sotelo, the last of four defendants to face charges in the case, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The Redlands Police Department has redeployed dozens of officers to assist in the investigation of the fatal shooting this week of two black youths by a suspected Latino gang member, an incident the mother of one victim believes was racially motivated. The department has about 50 of its 74 officers working the case, said Carl Baker, a police spokesman. "We don't have a lot of homicides in Redlands," Baker said. "When we do have something like this, we devote all the resources we have available pretty quickly.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | Associated Press
An 18-year-old Sacramento man described by his attorney as a racist has been convicted on five of 12 felony charges involving a series of racially motivated firebombings last year. Richard Campos showed no emotion when the jury returned its verdict Monday after four days of deliberations. The conviction on five counts carries a maximum of 14 years in prison, authorities said. Superior Court Judge James Ford declared a mistrial on the remaining seven counts and dismissed the jury.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau
A former Justice Department official on Friday accused his superiors of discouraging "race-neutral" voting enforcement and gutting a controversial 2008 voter intimidation case in which suspects were part of an African American militant group accused of violating the rights of white voters. Over the objections of Justice Departments officials, former Voting Chief Christopher Coates testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Coates said that the Obama administration discouraged pursuing minority perpetrators and instead focused on prosecuting white voters accused of racially motivated acts.
NATIONAL
July 30, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The incident occurred more than a year and a half ago at a polling place in Philadelphia. "Minister King" Samir Shabazz, a leader in the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was out front in a military-style uniform, wielding a nightstick. Jerry Jackson, a city-certified poll watcher who lived in the apartment building where voting was underway, also was in uniform and had joined Shabazz at the door. Together the two African Americans allegedly were "making intimidating statements and gestures to various individuals," according to the Justice Department.
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