‘Latinos Recall Pattern of Attacks Before Killing’

From the New York Times:

Attacks like the one Mr. Orellana reported have drawn new attention since Marcelo Lucero, another Ecuadorean immigrant, was stabbed to death on Nov. 8 near Main Street. Prosecutors say seven 16- and 17-year-old boys, mostly from neighboring Medford, were attacking Mr. Lucero when one of them rushed at him with a knife. The attacks were such an established pastime that the youths, who have pleaded not guilty, had a casual and derogatory term for it, “beaner hopping.” One of the youths told the authorities, “I don’t go out doing this very often, maybe once a week.”

That was not news to Latinos in Patchogue, who say that regular harassment, muggings and assaults have had them living in fear — 11 men told The New York Times of 13 attacks, nine of them in the past two years.

But the Suffolk County police said it was news to them.

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2 thoughts on “‘Latinos Recall Pattern of Attacks Before Killing’

  1. I blogged about this murder when it first happened here’s a quote from the New York Post from a senior policy analyst:

    ….. attributed to Stephen Steinlight, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies,

    But Steinlight also cautioned against blowing this incident out of proportion.

    “This is a horrible incident, but I’m not so sure these kids were making a statement about immigration policy,” Steinlight said. “It seems to me they were just ‘wilding’ – like a scene straight out of ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ These are sociopathic young people.”

    I couldn’t believe he would say something so stupid. Oh wait, yes i could.

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