As hate crimes against Latinos escalate, the community seeks justice for its latest victim.
“Latinos don’t dare to go out [in Shenandoah]. It is now understood that you can commit a crime and go unpunished if you have the connections, the money, and you are white,” he says.
Rivera and Lopez are asking the federal government to push forward and present charges against Donchak and Piekarsky, a step that might already be in the works, according to Philly’s Anti-Defamation League.
“I wouldn’t be hopeful that something is going to happen soon,” says the ADL’s Morrison. “But we’ve been approached by the Department of Justice to work closely in this case.”
Morrison declines to give specifics as to what kind of assistance the ADL is providing the federal government, but assures: “This is not over yet.” ■