Law enforcement officials get hate crime prizes

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Updated: 3/11/2014 9:34 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly two dozen law enforcement officials from across Southern California were honored by the Anti-Defamation League for their efforts to fight hate crimes.

The Sherwood family prize was awarded Tuesday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Honorees included FBI agents, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, Asst. U.S. Attorney Reema El-Amamy and Trial Attorney Saeed Mody for casework that resulted in the October conviction of two Compton Varrio 155 gang members for attacking black youths.

It was the first application of the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in Southern California.

Los Angeles Police Department officers and Long Beach police and prosecutors were also honored.

A selection committee made up of regional law enforcement leaders determines recipients of the annual prize.

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