Activist Calls for Feds to Investigate Boyle Heights Firebombing

Investigators say it's too early to know motive, but group is calling for federal investigation of Molotov cocktail attack

Community activists are calling on the Justice Department to investigate the firebombing of four apartments in Boyle Heights this week.

Citing ongoing racial tensions between blacks and Latinos in the Ramona Gardens housing project, Los Angeles National Action Network Political Director Najee Ali said Thursday the incident needs federal attention.

Investigators said Wednesday they are looking into the possibility the attack was racially motivated, but have not ruled out any possibilities, including possible gang involvement.

“We want to make sure that we have racial unity. Blacks and Latinos must get along and live in unity and peace so we’re hopeful the Justice Department will put some pressure on those who did this crime and bring them to justice,” Ali said.

Four apartments were firebombed with Molotov cocktails just after midnight Monday morning, and reports have circulated that the arsonists were Latino and the victims black.

No one was injured in the attack.

There are previously documented racial tensions in the housing project, which is predominantly Latino, but officials cautioned at a Wednesday night community meeting that the investigation is ongoing. 

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