Skip to comments.LA Gang F13 Accused of Targeting Blacks
Posted on 12/30/2007 12:27:36 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a murderous quest aimed at "cleansing" their turf of snitches and rival gangsters, members of one of Los Angeles County's most vicious Latino gangs sometimes killed people just because of their race, an investigation found.
There were even instances in which Florencia 13 leaders ordered killings of black gangsters and then, when the intended victim couldn't be located, said "Well, shoot any black you see," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said.
"In certain cases some murders were just purely motivated on killing a black person," Baca said.
Authorities say there were 20 murders among more than 80 shootings documented during the gang's rampage in the hardscrabble Florence-Firestone neighborhood, exceptional even in an area where gang violence has been commonplace for decades. They don't specify the time frame or how many of the killings were racial.
Los Angeles has struggled with gang violence for years, especially during the wars in the late 1980s and early '90s between the Crips and the Bloods - both black gangs. Latino gangs have gained influence since then as the Hispanic population surged.
Evidence of Florencia 13, or F13, is easy to find in Florence-Firestone. Arrows spray-painted on the wall of a liquor store mark the gang's boundary and graffiti warns rivals to steer clear.
The gang's name comes from the neighborhood that is its stronghold and the 13th letter of the alphabet - M - representing the gang's ties to the Mexican Mafia.
Federal, state and local officials worked together to charge 102 men linked to F13 with racketeering, conspiracy to murder, weapons possession, drug dealing and other crimes. In terms of people charged, it's the largest-ever federal case involving a Southern California gang, prosecutors say. More than 80 of those indicted are in custody.
But eliminating the gang won't be easy. It's survived for decades and is believed to have about 2,000 members. Its reach extends to Nevada, Arizona and into prisons, where prosecutors say incarcerated gang leaders were able to order hits on black gangsters.
According to the indictment, F13's leader, Arturo Castellanos, sent word in 2004 from California's fortress-like Pelican Bay State Prison that he wanted his street soldiers to begin "cleansing" Florence-Firestone of black gangsters, notably the East Coast Crips, and snitches.
His followers eagerly obeyed, according to federal prosecutors.
In one case, F13 members came across a black man at a bus stop, shouted "Cheese toast!" and fired. "Cheese toast" is a derogatory name for East Coast Crips, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin S. Rosenberg said.
The victim, apparently targeted only because of his skin color, survived being shot several times, Rosenberg said.
F13 isn't the only Latino gang linked to racial killings. Last year, four members of The Avenues, a gang from the Highland Park area east of downtown Los Angeles, were convicted of hate crimes for killing a black man in what prosecutors called a campaign to drive blacks from that neighborhood. And last January, authorities announced a crackdown on the 204th Street gang following the killing of a 14-year-old black girl.
The violence goes both ways, said Adam Torres, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department gang detective whose beat includes Florence-Firestone.
During a recent patrol on the east side of the neighborhood, he pointed to a cinderblock wall peppered with bullet holes. Torres said the Crips still control that area and any Hispanic there is at risk of being shot.
Despite the wave of violence, George Tita, a criminologist with the University of California, Irvine, said racially motivated gang killings are an exception. Latinos and blacks are far more likely to be murdered by one of their own.
"You don't see these major black-brown wars, either within the context of gangs or outside the context of gangs," Tita said.
Residents of Florence-Firestone are loath to discuss gangs, fearful they might end up as targets, but there are signs of change. Murders in the neighborhood dropped from 43 in 2005 to 19 in 2006, Baca said. For 2007, there were 19 murders as of Dec. 24.
Jose Garcia sees the difference. The security doors on the store where he works aren't covered with graffiti as often and he hasn't heard a gunshot in two months.
"It used to be at least once or twice a week," he said.
Calling Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton...
Ummmmm...this sounds terrible, but is this bad?
Yeah, it’s bad.
You mean other than whites, someone is capable of a hate crime??????????
Dispassionately, it appears that the mexicans have the mojo to do it, and the blacks are going to lose out.
I’ve watched it in Norristown, Pa, once largely black, now largely mexican.
Meanwhile, I collect various field arms...
Allow me to amend that:
Somehow - the MSM will blame this on whitey law-abiding citizens who support the 2nd Amendment.
Just whites. You should know this. Just ask the “honorable” (get this one) “”reverends”” Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They’ll tell you so.
Latinos hunting down blacks because of their race. Now there’s a Hate Crimes Conundrum for you.
You can’t have a Hate Crime unless the victim is black, but you also can’t have a Hate Crime unless the perpetrator is white.
So whataya do? Whataya do?
Only 19 murders this year in that neighborhood? How many neighborhoods does Los Angeles have? Where is Villalagrossya now that his mistress dumped him? What does he have to say about his illegal aliens shooting black Americans sitting at bus benches? Maybe black people dont count as Americans in his racist eye.
I live in the area. As an Hispanic, it makes no difference. Everyone is an equal-opportunity target. I hear gunshots at night. Black, white, brown, yellow and all colors in between are victims. Women are raped as a part of gang initiation and it seems to get worse every year. I look forward to moving out of the area when I can afford it.
I tell my half "Hispanic" children the same thing. The questions start up after a day at the beach when I'm extra-crispy and they're bronzed brown...Why is daddy red? Why is he walking funny? Why is he screaming every time he moves? LOL!!!
“Despite the wave of violence, George Tita, a criminologist with the University of California, Irvine, said racially motivated gang killings are an exception. Latinos and blacks are far more likely to be murdered by one of their own.”
“You don’t see these major black-brown wars, either within the context of gangs or outside the context of gangs,” Tita said
Another “Charrdony swillin’, tofu munchin’ bleedin heart liberal expert” heard from!
Ummm No; only whites are capable of hate crimes ,,, sort of like traffic police not having quota’s ,, they’re just “Goals and Objectives”...
IMHO, Latino gangs will operate at some deep level, as an unofficial paramilitary arm, of the “reconquista” movement.
As communities become overwhelmingly Latino, the gangs move in. Whether by coincidence or by design, they serve the purpose of driving away, even more non-Latinos.
I can see the day, that starts to happen on a macro scale, throughout the American southwest.
Which I believe, is exactly the plan.
It seems almost obvious.
Why is it, someone as smart as our President, who sees threats clearly when they’re oceans away from us, can’t see this one right in front of our face??
What’s the disconnect?
Yes, and black gangs in the NE/Upper Midwest have been targeting whites for years, even driving them out of whole neighborhoods 30-35 years ago. Thugs are as thugs do, no matter what their race.
Answer: Everyone in the neighborhood is a professional and some may be Hispanic.
She passed on the apartment.
Are nthey supposed to start killing more whites and asians and Indians? Just to be fair, of course.
LOL! Good post. Thanks. - Bill
This is happening only in sanctuary cities.
Take it a step further. Declare that all gangs are terrorist organizations and bring in the Special Forces.
I had a black guy tell me the same thing. People like to be safe.
Last year Cnn had a special on the 18th St gangs. If you’re black and you dare cross that street, you’re a dead man.
Scary, horrible stuff.
Lovely. Way to start a race war.
No need to remind me to stay away from cities.
If I, as a white man, said that I liked to live in white neighborhoods it would be construed as a racist statement! Racism is a one way street. NOT!!!
So, how does that playout for sanctuary states? Mr. Bill is our governor and he has made our whole state a sanctuary state. There are a lot of murders but it's usually Mexican on Mexican. We've definitely noticed an increase in gang activity all over NM.
>Build a huge concentrate camp on one of the channel islands and drop by aircraft a little food once in a while.<
Bad idea! Too close to California. A much better location is:
Johnston Island is a low sand and coral island, 717 miles W.S.W. of Honolulu. It is 1,000 yards long, about 200 yards wide, and reaches a greatest height of 44 feet in “Summit Peak” near its eastern end.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to gain oversight of the island in 2004 as a wildlife refuge. It is not normal practice for a wildlife refuge to be established over a plutonium landfill and there is still considerable concern that the contaminants absorbed by fish could carry the threat elsewhere.
It's a darned lie! The only racists in this country is us white crackers.
THAT has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. How anyone can be that stupid is beyond me. Targeted killing of those nuts would be easy.
I wonder how much panic there would be in gang banger land if we started a rumor that there are fatal levels of lead in the paint that tatoo artists use? LOL The police could pick them up as they scrambled to plastic surgeons to get them removed.
It’s an issue because of the “protected class” pecking order. They should all be declared urban terrorisrts and shove them into a re opened Alcatraz..
I have heard that Alamogordo has become rather dangerous as of late.
Sooner or later we are going to have to “take out the trash!”
And the only way that will happen in L.A. is if RINOld calls out the CA NG, institutes martial law, secures the gang infested areas. And deploy the NG to the border since Jorge Boosh won’t do it.
Of course with a RINO governor, none of the above will ever happen. Whatever happened to all the FReepers who campaigned for RINOld back in 2003???
Happy New Year
I hope the Lakers play better in the second half of tonight’s game than they did in the first half...
and change their shorts(they’re wearing the old short shorts)! LOL
Yea but just think about it. He can rob a bank and no one will be able to distiguish his facial features.
is that supposed to be reassuring?
so if rape or murder is done by someones' own race, its less evil?
They have the best of both worlds. They can be white and an official US Government approved minority at the same time.
So I guess now the blacks will start screaming to shut down the borders. That'll get results. Especially when Al Pimpton and Jesse get involved.
The goal of the Latinos is two fold and openly stated. Kill off the blacks for now and use violent attacks against whites to keep them cowed.
After the blacks are killed off, whites will be targeted for elimination. We had better get really serious about this. Our erstwhile opponent is deadly serious.
If anybody cares, this is how Rome fell. Allowing barbarians within her borders.