L.A. Urged to File Hate Crime Charge
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The City Council urged the county’s top prosecutor to file hate crime charges against three men who allegedly attacked a gay actor in neighboring West Hollywood.
District Attorney Steve Cooley’s decision not to prosecute the case as a hate crime has triggered demonstrations in West Hollywood.
``I believe if you do the investigation properly here ... only a just decision will be made, and that is to bring hate crime charges,″ said Councilman Jack Weiss, a former federal prosecutor.
Larry Walker, 29; his brother, Vincent Dotson, 18; and Torwin Sessions, 19, pleaded innocent last week to two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
The three were charged in the beating of Treve Broudy, 34, who had just embraced a friend outside his home.
The West Hollywood City Council on Monday approved a resolution calling on state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate the beating as a hate crime.