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Latino gang members brutally beat Black teen


Stabbed multiple times resulting in punctured lung

A coalition of civil rights leaders are calling on Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell to introduce a reward leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of a group of Latino gang members involved in a hate crime against a 16-year-old Black teen on Feb. 10 at Dockweiler Beach.

The teen’s mother, identified as “Frankie,” stated on her GoFundMe page: “I’m reaching out to the community for any support for my son who was brutally beaten and stabbed multiple times, resulting in a punctured lung, as well as a host of other injuries. All donations, no matter the amount, is greatly appreciated. Our goal is to move as soon as possible out of fear of retaliation being that we have fully cooperated with law enforcement. Thank you everyone who donated or simply took the time out to give attention.”

Cedric Farmer, senior organizer at Los Angeles Metropolitan Church, said his and other organizations will continue to stand against hate, racism and intolerance regardless of its origin.

“The vicious beating of this young African-American teen captured on video–that has now gone viral–was one of the most brutal beatings I have ever witnessed,” Farmer said. “To see him kicked and stomped repeatedly in the face was horrific. No youth deserves to be victimized because of their race.”

Moe Adwadallah, president of the Muslim Democratic Club of Southern California, emphasized the support of the mother, son and Hawthorne residents in general.

“This family, along with our community members, has our full support and we won’t rest until justice is done.”