U.S. Orders $12.5-million Payment to Victims of Racial Harassment

Jack Leonard and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Justice officials have demanded that Los Angeles County, Lancaster and Palmdale pay a total of $12.5 million to residents who the federal government found were victims of harassment and intimidation in the Antelope Valley.

The demand coincides with last week’s accusation by the Justice Department that Antelope Valley authorities conducted a systematic effort to discriminate against African Americans who received low-income subsidized housing and that sheriff’s deputies engaged in widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force.

Assistant County Counsel Roger Granbo, describing the Justice Department’s position, said the money would go to people whose civil rights were violated when deputies and housing inspectors visited their homes to check on whether they were complying with the Section 8 rental program requirements.

The payments would come from the two cities, the county’s Housing Authority and the Sheriff’s Department, he said. Granbo said he has already told federal officials that the county has no intention of paying its share of such a large amount of compensation.

If talks over the amount stall, the two sides could end up in court with the county disputing the breadth of the federal government’s findings. Granbo said the Justice Department has refused a request to turn over materials from its investigation, including a statistical report that it says shows blacks and Latinos were more likely than whites to be stopped or searched by deputies.

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He said the county has yet to agree on who, if anyone, would be compensated.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said his city would refuse to pay what he said would amount to at least $10,000 and as much as $40,000 for each person with a claim.

“If the county wants to pay millions, let them do it, but Lancaster isn’t going to pay 10 cents of it,” Parris said.

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The nearly two-year federal civil rights investigation found support for allegations by Antelope Valley residents that black residents were targeted for surprise inspections of subsidized, or Section 8, housing. The checks, which were ostensibly to ensure that residents met the terms of their assistance, often involved deputies, some of them in full SWAT armor.

In a letter to Baca, U.S. Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas E. Perez wrote that the department’s activities in supporting tough compliance measures against those receiving subsidized housing vouchers were based on “an unsubstantiated and racially stereotypical correlation of race and crime.”

One sheriff’s supervisor, Perez said, told Justice Department officials that he thought all African Americans who recently moved to the Antelope Valley were gang members. {snip}

The conduct, he said, had serious consequences for residents, some of whom were forced from their homes and others who were prosecuted for administrative violations of their program contract.

In one case, a deputy sent photographs of luxury vehicles in the garage of one family receiving subsidized housing to an Antelope Valley-based “I Hate Section 8” Facebook page, federal officials found. The family’s home was subsequently vandalized, with “I hate Section 8” followed by a profanity and a racial slur. The family’s son had urine thrown at him by someone who shouted, “You dirty Section 8” and a racial slur. The family moved back to inner-city Los Angeles for fear of more harassment, Perez wrote.

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Parris, a veteran civil lawyer, said the Justice Department’s accusations amount to nothing but hot air. “I have yet to see anything actionable In Lancaster,” he said. “I believe the Justice Department is trying to justify its investigation. And, to be frank, it is not there.”

Parris said the federal government has done nothing to help reduce gang violence in his city and he credited Lancaster’s approach to gangs, subsidized housing and other social issues with helping to reduce crime.

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  • Puggg

    Really? I’m surprised they flooded the Subprime Valley with blacks then the cops there somehow felt the need to use “undue” force against them.

  • Why only $12,500,000? I would go for $20,000,000 for starters. NOW is the time to strike while the creepy crackers are being sissified even further.

    • me

      Hey, D.B.–
      Isn’t it surprising that Holder wanted an open ‘dialogue’ about race? It was to bait anyone that dared tell the truth about his ‘people’. The POTUS and his administration are the biggest racists this country has ever seen in recent memory. They should be wearing Black Panther uniforms. The POTUS and Holder are itching to start throwing ‘crackers’ into prison for ‘hate’ crimes and ‘thought’ crimes….

    • Jefferson

      Creepy a$$ Crackas are leaving Lancaster, California in droves. A few decades ago it was a predominantly White city, today it is only 34 percent White.

  • MekongDelta69

    If every White person ever harassed (and I don’t even mean criminally assaulted, robbed, raped, killed, whatever) – simply harassed, by some black person were to receive just (let’s say) $100, it would probably double the National Debt.

    • RebelliousTreecko

      All that wasted money…

    • The__Bobster

      They would just be taking their own money. It would be like a tax rebate.

  • The__Bobster

    Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said his city would refuse to pay what he said would amount to at least $10,000 and as much as $40,000 for each person with a claim.

    “If the county wants to pay millions, let them do it, but Lancaster isn’t going to pay 10 cents of it,” Parris said.
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    More mayors need to did in their heels when presented with unreasonable government edicts.

    • evilsandmich

      It’s pretty easy, especially with ridiculous sums like that. Just say “guess what? I ain’t payin'”.

  • Spartacus

    Disgusting…

  • Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said his city would refuse to pay what he said would amount to at least $10,000 and as much as $40,000 for each person with a claim.

    The Section 8 Lottery!

  • dd121

    Reparations by any other name is still reparations. I wish the commies like Holder would at least be honest about it.

  • Easyrhino1

    How the hell does Holder even remain in office?

    • Non Humans

      It’s a combination of spineless republicans and a shameless nonhuman (Holder) as the head of the DoJ.
      .
      Nonhumans lack any sense of self-perception. He’s no exception.

      • AllSeeingEyeSpy

        “Nonhumans lack any sense of self-perception. He’s no exception”.

        Funny, coming from someone named ‘nonhuman’

        To come right down to it, whatever is said on this site, and on sites dedicated to ‘social justice’, whites are considered human at this time.

  • John Smith

    Translation: Los Angeles is dumping it’s gang bangers into the Antelope Valley and the residents there aren’t liking it.

  • I hate all renters, section eight or otherwise. I drove a succession of (white) renters next door out until the unit was sold; now it is owner-occupied. The renters called the cops on me over and over, but I’m good at playing the “nobody is home” game, and nobody in their right mind is going to kick the front door down. One of them decided I was “watching” her. I actually did speak with CSPD officer Eric Lopez on that score, and he met my wife, after which he decided I wasn’t watching the yotch. Sayaka and I did push our bed up against the wall and proceeded to have fun three times a day. The headboard slamming against the wall annoyed Nikki no end.

    • AllSeeingEyeSpy

      now whites are named Nikki, i guess

  • Funruffian

    I am so proud that mayor, Perris, is not allowing these government scumbags to turn his beautiful town into a third world filled with Bantus. I know these allegations are false and I stand by him 100%.

  • e2657383

    ‘based on “an unsubstantiated and racially stereotypical correlation of race and crime.”’

    Stereotypical? I think the word he is looking for is “factual”.

  • AngloCelt

    Will white voters who were threatened by armed and uniformed members of the New Black Panther Party outside of a polling station be awarded compensation for intimidation and racial harassment?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    This is your confiscated money, now Obama’s stash to redistribute.

    I expect the crack market just got a big boost.

    Bon

  • RHG

    I grew up in this area and it wasn’t a bad place to grow up in…the 60s and 70s, I wouldn’t live there now though. But, I am happy to see the mayor telling Eric Holder and his “Justice” Department flunkies like Thomas Perez to go pound sand.

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    did the cop go to far or was he reporting the news no one else would?