Two Latino gang members were convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in a hate crime trial surrounding the deaths of a 14-year-old black girl and a potential witness in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles.The panel also found to be true the allegation that the girl's killing was a hate crime.The jury deliberated for less than two days in the case of Jonathan Fajardo, 22, and Daniel Aguilar, 23, both members of the 204th street gang. Fajardo was found guilty of killing Cheryl Green because she was black.
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Green's death sparked community outrage and widespread reaction from authorities and politicians about gang violence and black-Latino tensions in the neighborhood, a narrow stretch of Los Angeles between Torrance and Carson where graffiti with racial epithets were an everyday occurrence.
The girl's death was but one of a number of slayings in the area police believe were racially motivated.Remind me: Why do we give "sanctuary" to gang members who are in the country illegally? Why is it okay for illegal aliens to engage in "ethnic cleansing" of black children?
If a white child molester kills a white girl, we get a "Chelsea's Law" in seven months -- as well we should. So how come when an ILLEGAL alien gang member kills a black teenager, like say, Jamiel Shaw, II, the City of Los Angeles continues to give "sanctuary city" protection to GANG MEMBERS? Sounds racist to me.
Chelsea King's parents loved her dearly. Jamiel Shaw, II's parents, brother, grandmother and aunt loved him dearly, too. Both of those young people were murdered by predators who had no business being on our streets.
So how about it? How about we protect children not just from sex offenders, but also from criminal gang members who are in our country illegally? Let's stop sacrificing children's lives just because politicians don't have the guts to enforce laws that are already on the books.
Children belong in schools and playgrounds, not graveyards.
And that is true for all children, regardless whether they're black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American or some combination thereof.
We need to focus on life and death, and on right and wrong, not on black and white.