Report: Latinos routinely targeted on LI
NEW YORK -- A national civil rights organization reports that Latino immigrants in Long Island's Suffolk County say they are routinely harassed and taunted.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says its report is based on interviews with more than 70 Latino immigrants in recent months. It says that many of them reported being beaten with baseball bats.
The report was released Wednesday. It comes days after two teenagers pleaded not guilty in a hate crime attack on an Ecuadorean day laborer.
The Aug. 14 attack happened near the Patchogue (PACH'-awg) train station where immigrant Marcelo Lucero was stabbed and killed in November.
Seven teenagers have pleaded not guilty to hate crime and other charges in Lucero's death.
County officials have said they are attentive to bias crimes.
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