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News Release

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Media Relations

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Law Enforcement honored for combating hate and bias-motivated activity.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
10:45 a.m. Honorees available for interviews    
11:30 a.m. Program Begins
12 noon     Awards given; honorees and victims speak 

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, Calif. 90049

The Honorable David S. Wesley, Assistant Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Senior Lead Police Officer Manuel Arreygue, Los Angeles Police Department 
Canoga Park Alabama Gang Investigation and Prosecution Unit
Azusa 13 Gang Investigation and Prosecution Unit
Orange County White Supremacist Gangs Investigation and Prosecution Unit
Victims of gang violence

To honor law enforcement personnel with the ADL Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate.

Awards will be presented to recipients who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to combating extremism, bigotry and hatred by performing acts outside the normal scope of duties.  Recipients have also made an impact on victims of hate crimes or bias-motivated incidents and provided opportunities for education to reduce hate crimes and bias motivated activity. These special individuals have used innovative approaches to enforce or prosecute hate crime laws and made a significant difference in their community and served as role models for his or her agency.

The ADL was founded in 1913.  It is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights agencies and is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all.  Visit the website at / 

For more information about this event or to RSVP, contact Alison Mayersohn at 310-446-4230 or email her at  On the day of the event she can be reached at 310-467-4025.