Tag: hate crimes against Hispanics

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Fear a Way of Life for Many Hispanic Immigrants on Staten Island

The Hispanic community in Port Richmond has welcomed increased police presence on Castleton and Port Richmond Avenues, the epicenter of recent hate crimes on Staten Island.

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Staten Island Hate Crimes: An Investigation by El Diario/La Prensa

The Spanish-language daily has just published a series of reports on the recent wave of attacks on Mexican immigrants living on Staten Island.

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Report: Suffolk County Bred "Climate of Fear" for Latino Immigrants Over the Last Decade

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy first reaction to the killing of Marcelo Lucero was to minimize it, the report says. (Photo: Suffolk County)

County Executive Steve Levy's first reaction to the killing of Marcelo Lucero was to minimize it, the report says. (Photo: Suffolk County)

(*Post updated below.)

Suffolk County, N.Y., the suburban Long Island area where a gang of teenagers — most of them white — are accused of killing Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero last November, is described as a veritable hell for Latino immigrants in a new report to be released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The civil rights organization sent a Spanish-speaking researcher to Suffolk County to interview over 70 Latino immigrants, plus local activists, small business owners and religious leaders. The picture that emerges in “Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y.” is a disturbing one where some residents –especially white youngsters– assault or heckle immigrants on a regular basis; immigrants’ homes are the targets of attacks; police do nothing about the attacks while they harass Latinos over minor traffic violations or for standing on the street; and public officials fan the flames with over-the-top racism-tinged rhetoric.

This has been going on for about a decade, the report says.

(You can download the report at the SPLC site.)

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Teenagers Charged In Hispanic Man's Death Accused Of At Least Eight Other Attacks On Latinos

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

The Long Island youths accused of killing Ecuadoran immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue in November had been attacking Hispanics in the area for a year, authorities say. “They engaged in a regular and violent pastime: hunting for Hispanics to attack,” The New York Times reported.

The five L.I. teenagers accused of hate crimes against Hispanics.

Five of the seven L.I. teenagers accused of hate crimes against Hispanics. (Photo: New York Times)

“In small groups with shifting members, the teens sent one Hispanic man after another to the hospital with injuries,” added Newsday. The attackers were indicted Wednesday for eight more assaults or attempted assaults on Latino men.

The teenagers, students at Patchogue-Medford High School, are accused of beating a Hispanic man unconscious in July, taking his money and shoes. In December, three of them allegedly harassed another Hispanic man, swinging a pipe at him and telling him, “You’re dead.” In June, they allegedly attacked yet another man with a knife, cutting his clothes open. Newsday quoted Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota saying,

All of the defendants participated in what we consider to be a violent and racially driven pastime. (…) the defendants called their victims such things as ‘beaners’ and ‘wetbacks.’

“These charges demonstrate there is an epidemic of hate crimes against Latinos here,” Latino Justice attorney Jose Perez told the Daily News. “The vicious murder of Mr. Lucero wasn’t a random and isolated incident.”

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