AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
FBI Director Robert Mueller during a news conference announcing anti-gang measures after the murder of Cheryl Green, Thursday Jan. 18, 2007 in Wilmington, Calif. Authorities announced an offensive against the Hispanic gang allegedly behind the racially charged shooting, the first part of what they said will be a major crackdown on street gangs this year. In the background photos of the 204th Street gang graffiti.
A Los Angeles jury Thursday convicted a man of second-degree murder in a racially-motivated killing of a 14 year-old African American girl five years ago.
Cheryl Green's murder attracted national attention, including a visit by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
She was standing with friends in her Harbor Gateway neighborhood when members of the mostly Latino 204th Street gang walked up and shot into the crowd. Prosecutors said that the gang targeted African Americans as they moved into the neighborhood, and that the shooting was an act of racial hatred. Four men have been convicted in the case.
In the final trial associated with Green’s murder, jurors convicted 25 year-old Ernesto Alcarez of second degree murder. Prosecutors said he acted as a lookout for the shooter.
In Harbor Gateway, LAPD officials say they’ve since all but eliminated the tiny 204th Street gang. A Cheryl Green Community Youth Center built after her murder seeks to provide a place where kids of all racial backgrounds can play and learn.