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Man arrested for alleged hate crime

Original post made on Oct 1, 2009

A 26-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Wednesday evening for a hate crime, police say, after he allegedly yelled a racial slur at an African American couple and proceeded to throw a beer container and punches at the male victim.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:06 PM

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Posted by Matt "James"
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Dang, I live on Rengstorff which crosses by Mountain View.....Our city has gotten a lot of bad rap from people lately

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Posted by Jones
a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Way to "keep it real", Humberto. Real dumb.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

USA is a registered user.

Drunk, stupid, violent, drunk driving, suspended license, driving on suspended license, drunk driving again, and hate crime. Wow. Good thing we are not a sanctuary city, or this could go on for years.

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Posted by Kyle
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Hate Crime Laws: A Savage Hypocracy. Yes, over the past few years our great country has been developing new hate crime laws. If somebody kills somebody, it's a crime. But if someone kills somebody of a different color, it's a hate crime. And that is a savage hypocracy, because all crimes are hate crimes. If a man beats another man because that man was sleeping with his wife, is that not a hate crime? If a person vandalizes a government building, is it not because of his hate for the government? And motivation for a crime shouldn't affect the sentencing. It is time to stop splitting people into groups. All hate crimes do is support the idea that blacks are different from whites, that homosexuals need to be treated differently from non-homos, that we aren't the same. But instead, we should all be treated the same, with the same laws and the same punishments for the same crimes.

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Posted by Dr. Click
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

USA: Why don't you just come out and say that you don't like Hispanics? Did the article indicate Pineda's immigration status? No. If Pineda had been black, white, or green, would you have made the same comment about being a sanctuary city?

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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Dr. Click -- Yes, I admit it. I just don't like Hispanics (who are drunk, stupid, violent, drunk driving, suspended license, driving on suspended license, drunk driving again and living around Rengstorff Park in large numbers.) I'll go report to the re-education camp now.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

Don't worry, USA: you aren't a racist. When it comes to "hate crimes", the FBI lists Hispanic perps as "white." They are only non-white if they are the victims.

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Posted by QM
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I find this article interesting, because charging a hate crime is somewhat unusual in Santa Clara County. Perhaps it is a sign of things to come. Here is an interesting article from a place not to far from Mountain View Ca. It seems to have a similar tone to this incident.

Link to SPLC article:

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Racist Street Gangs
Latino Gang Members Indicted in Racial Attacks

California law officials display weapons seized in the May arrests.
A Latino street gang in a small city in Los Angeles County waged a campaign of racist violence and intimidation that was designed to drive out the city's African-American residents, according to recently unsealed federal indictments of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens.

Varrio Hawaiian Gardens "gang members take pride in their racism and often refer to the VHG Gang as the 'Hate Gang,'" the indictment that was unsealed in May states. "VHG gang members have expressed a desire to rid the city of Hawaiian Gardens of all African-Americans and have engaged in a systematic effort to achieve that result by perpetrating crimes against African-Americans."

The reputed VHG members are charged with 476 "overt acts" of racketeering, such as murder, attempted murder, weapons trafficking and kidnapping. Among the criminal acts detailed in the indictment is one instance where gang members fired bullets into a home occupied by eight people. It's not clear from the indictment whether anyone was hit.

Additionally, gang members chased a black man while yelling racial epithets and then struck him repeatedly with a garden rake, the indictment alleges. Days later, VHG members allegedly stabbed the same victim several times. He survived.

Sixty-three of the indicted gang members were arrested May 22 in early morning raids. According to U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien, the investigation of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang began in 2005, after a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy was shot to death while searching for a VHG member charged with shooting an African-American man.

Latinos vastly outnumber African Americans in Hawaiian Gardens. The 2000 census, the most recent data available, shows that while Latinos make up 73% of the city's 15,000 inhabitants, only 4% are African Americans.

The VHG arrests resulted from the latest in a string of criminal investigations that have found Latino street gangs in Southern California are carrying out organized racist violent targeting African Americans in majority Latino areas.

In late 2006, the Intelligence Report revealed that leaders of the Mexican Mafia prison gang were directing Latino street gangs outside prison walls to carry out ethnic cleansing attacks on African Americans in order to establish purely Latino neighborhoods.

Since then, federal prosecutors have charged members of a Latino street gang in Florence-Firestone, an unincorporated district near the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, with conducting a violent campaign targeting African Americans that allegedly resulted in 20 homicides.

Also, four members of The Avenues, a Latino street gang based in Highland Park, a neighborhood located just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, were convicted in 2007 of hate crime murder. They killed a black man as part of an ongoing effort to rid Highland Park of African Americans.

Federal, state and local authorities launched a widespread crackdown on Latino gangs in the Los Angeles metropolitan area after Latino gang members looking for any black person to kill in the Harbor Gateway district of Los Angeles gunned down Cheryl Green, a 14-year-old African-American girl whose murder became a rallying point.

"We have evidence linking inmates who are known as 'shot callers' directly to street shootings based entirely on race," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stated after Green's murder. "The shot caller will often order the gunman to find someone — anyone — who is black or brown and shoot them. … Gang affiliation does not matter. Only the color of the victim's skin matters."

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Posted by Jasmine
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm

This man has more issues than merely yelling a racial obscenity. If this incident is what it took to get him off the streets, great. Unfortunately, it was at the expense of the African-American couple. But lets work to get him and others like him whether black, Latino, white, or whatever off our streets now!!

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Posted by wake up
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

Our country is under attack. Let's call a spade a spade and say we are under attack by Latinos from various countries to the south. Does it mean that Hispanics are evil people? No. Does it mean that all immigrants that come via the south of the US are criminals? No. But we should be allowed to defend ourselves and our people, our neighborhoods from outright attacks. Our cities are becoming infested by these attackers who are latino, and hispanic. They have an agenda and they are carrying it out, the safety of our cities will continue to be in jeopardy until this issue is addressed.

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