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LULAC Ohio Calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Hate Crime Case in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Posted by admin on 2009/7/10 6:40:00 (2329 reads)


Cincinnati—The League of United Latin American Citizens of Ohio strongly requests an independent investigation by the U.S Department of Justice into the May 30, 2008 hate crime against the Hispanic minor Robert Cantu in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Robert, a Hispanic minor, was attacked by five individuals and placed in a noose around his neck while ethnic slurs were used.  Over 1 year after the crime was reported the Prosecutors Office charged only one individual with aggravated menacing (a first-degree misdemeanor when committed by an adult) and ethnic intimidation (a fifth-degree felony when committed by an adult).  Surprisingly, the prosecutor only recommended 30 days in jail out of the possible maximum jail time of six months, Judge Ronk sentenced the assailant to only 10 days and a $100 fine plus court costs. 

LULAC finds both the crime and the sentence against the assailant completely appalling and seeks for the DOJ to take the following steps to send a strong message against those who commit Hate Crimes:

•    Conduct an independent investigation into the Cantu Case
•    Prosecute all parties involved in the noose incident
•    Investigate selective prosecution and police practices unfavorable toward minorities

To further expose this case and the growing trend in Hate Crimes committed in Ohio, LULAC Ohio and several organizations mentioned below will hold a Vigil for Justice in Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 24th in the city’s Public Square at 12pm.  The event will host hundreds of supporters from across the state and feature prominent community leaders and victims of hate crimes. 

CAIR Ohio                   

Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center                         

ACLU of Ohio

Interfaith Association of Central Ohio

Latin@ LeaderSHIFT Initiative                                                                                                                 


Ohio Conference NAACP

The Jewish Federation of Columbus

Columbus Board of Rabb

 For more information, visit or call Ruben Herrera at 614.571.1750

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