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First and foremost, this is not a hate thread. Im not trying to cause hatred between either groups, as I have many Hispanic friends.
This is just to educate on what happened in the city of Long Beach from 1990 to today. Not many people know what happened in Long Beach between the Asians (mainly Cambodians and Laotians) and the Hispanics (mainly Mexicans). It started as a gang war and branched out into a race war, where non gang members from both sides were targeted and killed or wounded. The mayor, the Police, the city council members, and each and every resident of Long Beach, knew that the Southeast Asian and Hispanic gangs were at war with each other, and were shooting and killing each other almost everyday. The police and the mayor did all they could to stop the violence, but nothing worked. The hayday of the conflict was 1990-1995. It was a dark and bloody history for the city of Long Beach, and for the SE Asians whom arrived to look for a better life. The conflict that went on in Long Beach was filled with racial hatred and animosity between the two groups that led to over 50 documented murders stemming from the conflict, and dozens of other murders that had hints of being racially motivated but could not be proven. Over 200 people were wounded on both sides, as the Cambodians/Laotians and the Mexicans were shooting at each other on an almost daily basis. Although things have calmed down since then, there still are racially motivated murders here and there (all commited by gang members on both sides), but not on the scale of the early 90's. The racial hate and animosity between the two groups still exist to this day.
My parents moved us out of Long Beach in 1988 (thank the lord) but Long Beach will still be my hometown, the town I was born in. I paid money for these archived articles on the newspaper website. So read them dammit! We can all learn from the past. These archived articles are from the Long Beach newspaper and offer a different perspective of the conflict. It offers an outsiders view of the feud. I only had enough money to purchase articles from 1991 to 1994, I will buy 1995 and on later when I have more money. These articles are also for myself to keep. Its my history. It's where I came from.
"If you dont know where you came from, you cant get to where you're trying to go"
Jin the MC
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Jul 13 2007, 03:38 AM
Joined: 13-July 07
From: Southern California
Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
April 25, 1991
L.B. NEIGHBORHOOD A KILLING FIELD
An 18-year-old Latino was shot three times in the head as he rode his bicycle April 6. He died on the street.
Two days later, a 17-year-old Cambodian was shot while he watched television in his living room. He died in his mother's arms.
In this gang war, the turf has become a killing field.
``It's just pay back, pay back, pay back,'' says Dr. Arthur Kraft, a Long Beach Unified School District psychologist who has met with both gangs.
Claiming nine lives and causing more than 50 injuries during the past year and a half, the war between Latino and Cambodian gangs has escalated in recent months. Last week, Cambodian and Latino leaders demonstrated at City Hall, demanding better police protection. Today, they're scheduled to meet with police.
Police say they've launched their own offensive, and during the past two weeks, they've made several arrests, including a suspect in the bicycle killing. Days have gone by without a shooting.
``We've realized some success, but we cannot let our guard down,'' Cmdr. Dale Brown says.
Why are Latinos and Cambodians killing each other?
The opening salvo may have been fired in October 1989, when a member of the Cambodian Tiny Rascal Gang killed a Latino from the East Side Longos, police say. But the tension had been building for 10 years, ever since Cambodian immigrants began moving into Latino neighborhoods along Anaheim Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Redondo Avenue.
Resentment and fear
``The Latino kids felt they were there first,'' says Kraft, who began meeting with gang members at Wilson and Millikan high schools in October 1989 after consoling the distraught girlfriend of a Latino who was killed.
Latinos also resented symbols of their new neighbors' wealth, such as cars and businesses, Kraft says. They were convinced the government was giving the Cambodians grants, although there was no evidence of that.
Feeling intimidated and scared, Cambodian youths began joining gangs for self-defense, says Nil Hul, executive director of the Cambodian Association of America. Violence was nothing new to teen-agers who grew up in a war-torn country.
Race may have exacerbated the conflict, although Kraft points out that newcomers are universally looked down upon by old-timers, even when they're members of the same ethnic group.
``This is a simple turf war between kids,'' Brown says. ``This is their neighborhood, and now there are strangers in their neighborhood. They're uncomfortable living together, because they don't know each other yet.''
Each group blames the other for the escalation of the war, Kraft says.
``They think the other gang is being outrageously aggressive, and they're just protecting themselves,'' he says.
Relatives also victims
Each new killing is a payback for a previous incident. For example, the girl Kraft consoled lost her boyfriend in a retaliatory shooting.
``A year ago, when rival gang members were unable to find him, they grabbed her, held her down and broke her kneecap,'' he says. ``When her boyfriend found out, he shot one of the perpetrators in the leg. Now he himself had been paid back.''
Although Cambodians also moved into African-American neighborhoods, there has been little gang rivalry there, says Norm Sorenson, a detective with the Police Department's gang violence suppression unit. In fact, in an attempt to get along with black gangs, some Cambodians call themselves Crips.
Sorenson said that because black gangs are more interested in selling drugs than defending turf, Cambodian gangs aren't a threat to them.
About 800 youths belong to Cambodian gangs, which include the Tiny Rascal Gang, Asian Boys and Exotic Foreign Creation Coterie. Latino gangs, such as the East Side and West Side Longos, have as many as 2,500 members, police say. Most are boys and young men between the ages of 9 and 25.
Gang members told Kraft they joined for protection. In fact, some were afraid they'd be beaten up if they didn't join a gang. They also said gangs provide family, power and excitement.
Gang members aren't the only victims of violence. Their relatives suffer, too. One Latina told Kraft her windows were broken five times because her brother is ``into a lot of gang things.''
``When they hear `throw it' from outside, she yells, `Mom, hit the floor,''' Kraft says. ``She and her mother drop down, a glass bottle with alcohol and a burning wick sails through the window and explodes, then she and her mother clean up the mess and go about their business.''
Unity to end the war
Cambodian gang members often turn on their own people because the victims are afraid to go to the police, a fear that has hampered police investigations. Residential robberies and extortion demands have plagued the Cambodian community for the past year.
Innocent bystanders also are caught in gang crossfire. The Cambodian who was gunned down in his living room earlier this month wasn't a known gang member.
The friction between gangs hasn't polarized the entire neighborhood.
``This is a feud between two youth gangs, and that's all they are - kids doing very stupid things, retaliating against each other in intolerable ways,'' says Cmdr. Brown.
Leaders of the Latino and Cambodian communities made it clear at last week's demonstration they are united in their desire to end the gang war.
``Communication lines cannot be broken,'' said Dan Torres of the League of United Latin American Citizens. ``We can't go opposite ways across the street and glare at each other.''
``We must all co-exist in peace and harmony,'' said Dr. Haing Ngor, who starred in the movie ``The Killing Fields.''
After meeting with police today, community leaders plan to develop a joint strategy and present it to the City Council within the next few weeks.
After talking to gang members for several months, Kraft came up with some ideas of his own. For example, he'd like elementary school students to study other cultural backgrounds.
``The more people get to know each other, the more fighting will diminish,'' he says. ``A basic underlying reason for fighting is fear, fear of whatever is different. Difference threatens security, and that is the root of prejudice.''
Gangs at war: The bloody battle for turf
The conflict: An ongoing war between Cambodian and Latino gangs has resulted in death and violence in Long Beach. The violence prompted Cambodian and Latino leaders last week to demonstrate at City Hall and demand better police protection.
The battleground: The violence appears to be concentrated in neighborhoods along Anaheim Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Redondo Avenue.
The combatants: The battles involve as many as 800 Cambodian gang members and nearly 2,500 Latino gang members - many between 9 and 25 years old.
At issue: Police believe the war comes down to a struggle for control of neighborhood turf between two groups who resent or fear each other.
The human cost: Nine dead, more than 50 injured.
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Jul 13 2007, 03:40 AM
Joined: 13-July 07
From: Southern California
Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
April 25, 1991
CASUALTIES OF WAR
In the past year-and-a-half a war between Latino and Cambodian gangs has claimed nine lives and caused more than 50 injuries. Here are some of the victims of the violence:
April 8: Dung Chao, 17, died in his mother's arms after he was shot while watching television at 10:15 p.m. in his apartment in the 1300 block of Walnut Avenue. Three others were wounded. Although none of the residents are known gang members, police say they may have been gunned down by two Latino gang members.
April 6: Ramon Gonzalez, 18, was ambushed from behind, shot three times in the head and killed while riding his bicycle at 5 p.m. in the 1300 block of 10th Street. On April 12, police arrested a 16-year-old reputed Cambodian gang member in connection with the slaying.
March 31: Chang Heng, 29, was shot and killed while playing a Cambodian form of lawn bowling at 7:30 p.m. behind an apartment building at 10th Street and Orange Avenue. Two others were wounded. They may have been mistaken for a Cambodian gang member who reportedly lives in the apartment building.
Feb. 5, 1990: Benjamin Gutierrez, 18, was shot three times and killed at 12:30 p.m. after being confronted by two men while walking in the 2400 block of 11th Street. Two alleged gang members - Bun Vann amd Kroung Songkra, both 20 - were charged with the murder last September.
Copyright © 1991 Press-Telegram
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