7 Los Angeles men charged with firebombing black families

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Posted: Jul 07, 2016 3:20 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven Los Angeles men have been charged with firebombing the homes of black families living in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood in 2014.

The men were charged in a 10-count indictment unsealed in federal court Thursday.

The charges include conspiracy to violate civil rights, attempted arson of federal property, and using fire and explosives to commit a federal felony.

Prosecutors say the men charged belong to Big Hazard street gang and hurled Molotov cocktails at apartments in a public housing complex in May 2014. Prosecutors say the pre-dawn attack was meant to drive black people out of the complex, located in the Boyle Heights area near downtown.

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No one was hurt, but prosecutors say one of the firebombs landed where a woman and her baby had just been sleeping.