Gang members totaled the car of a woman who testified against black youths accused of beating three white women
Police say reputed gang members totaled the car of a woman who testified against African American youths accused of beating three white women during a Halloween block party in Long Beach.
Authorities say the woman, 18, has been under police escort. She was in court Tuesday when a car full of men reversed and backed into her car as it was parked in front of her home.
Police commander Jeff Johnson told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that it appears as though the gang members are sending her another message.
Last week, after her first day in court, she awoke to find six men sitting on her car apparently waiting for her.
On Wednesday, the judge in the Superior Court case ordered that the woman's name not be used in court.
The woman spent five days on the witness stand. The youths have all pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges. Eight of them have been charged with a hate crime.
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