Saturday, November 15, 2008
We have posted lately about the increase in hate crimes against Latinos and the horrible killing of Marcello Lucero, the Ecuadoran immigrant. The Southern Poverty Law Center is helping hate crime victims fight back. CNN reports that a jury awarded $2.5 million in damages on Friday to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group because they thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant, the Southern Poverty Law Center said. Jordan Gruver, then 16, was targeted and beaten by Klan members, his lawsuit alleged. The jury found that the Imperial Klans of America and its founder wrongfully targeted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver, an American citizen of Panamanian and Native-American descent.