Police to discuss Silver Lake hate crimes

Police will be on hand tonight at the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council meeting to discuss two recent hate crimes against gay victims in the past four months, according to police.  Details about the crimes were not immediately available but the Hate Crime Coordinators from the Rampart and Northeast Divisions will be present at the meeting to provide more information, according to Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division.

“The Hate Crime Coordinators (who are the table coordinators for the Crimes Against Persons sections) will introduce themselves, identify hate crime criteria and discuss how they are investigated …  No one incident spurred the detectives’ presence, but it’s part of an ongoing dialogue.”

The neighborhood council meeting is scheduled to be held at 7 PM at Micheltorena School auditorium.


  1. Any more information on exactly what happened to the victims? This gay man would like to know.

  2. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Detective Division

    There were three hate crimes or incidents this year in Rampart Division, which shares a border with Northeast Division. South of Sunset Blvd. is Rampart, and north of is Northeast.

    On April 3, 2010, in the 800 block of N. Mariposa Ave., a male was involved in a landlord-tenant dispute. He was the tenant, and after the apartment building fell into continual disrepair, he called the Los Angeles County Department of Housing. This spurred an inspection, which revealed many problems with the building.

    The landlord or a sympathizer slipped a note under the victim’s door, threatening him with death. The note also had a swastika upon it. That constituted a hate crime. The note was checked for fingerprints, but none were found. The suspects were not located, and the victim has had no further incidents.

    On April 11, 2010, in the area of Alvarado St. and Sunset Blvd., two males were the subject of anti-gay slurs shouted by the occupant of a passing car. The males responded to the suspect to mind his own business, at which point the car stopped and the suspect got out. He punched one of the two victims, who fought him off. The victims were not injured, and the investigation is continuing based upon the suspect and vehicle description.

    On June 12, 2010, in the 1100 block of Sunvue Pl., a landlord evicted a tenant from an apartment. The landlord later went into the vacated unit, to find racial epithets spray painted on the walls. No further incidents have occurred.

    Despite the fact none of these resulted in injury of note, they certainly have the potential, in addition to being extremely corrosive to a community. That was the reason for the Hate Crimes Coordinators’ appearance at the meeting yesterday.

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  3. Thank you so much for that response Lt. Buhrmester. Your contributions are GREATLY appreciated on these boards.

  4. I was walking my dog down Hoover St. the other day, when a man shouted out of his window “f*ggot” towards me. I didn’t get a good look at the person though, because I really didn’t want to give him any attention.

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