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