Hate crime triggers federal oversight of NY police
The agreement calls for additional police training, accountability and outreach to Latinos and better tracking of hate crimes
By Ray Sanchez and Cindy Y. Rodriguez
PATCHOGUE, NY — In the December chill of Long Island, Joselo Lucero stands on the spot where seven teenagers attacked his brother and another Hispanic man five years ago as part of the pastime they made out of hunting and beating up Latinos.
His brother, Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero, was fatally stabbed by one of the attackers in a sport authorities say the youths referred to as "beaner hopping." Authorities called it a hate crime.
Suffolk County legislators voted 14-0, with four absent, for an agreement that gives the U.S. Justice Department rare oversight of the Suffolk County police. The 27-page agreement settles a federal investigation of discriminatory policing in immigrant communities in Suffolk, one of the nation's largest suburbs and home to ritzy East Hampton.
The agreement calls for additional police training, accountability and outreach to Latinos, better tracking of hate crimes and police discrimination, regular meetings with Latino leaders, and more bilingual officers.