Feds accuse gang of targeting blacks in Calif city

June 7, 2011 - 1:14 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal indictment has been unsealed that accuses a Latino street gang of conspiring to rid a Southern California city of black people through intimidation, threats and violence.

More than 50 people were charged Tuesday as authorities made morning raids that targeted the gang known as Azusa 13.

Federal prosecutors said the gang engaged in a host of crimes ranging from drug trafficking to hate crimes that has crippled Azusa since the early 1990s.

Six people have been charged with civil rights violations for allegedly harassing, and in some cases attacking, African Americans to drive them out of the city or to prevent them from relocating there.

More than two-thirds of Azusa, located 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is Hispanic, while roughly 3 percent is black.