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Mon Dec 3, 2018, 08:23 AM

Utah man who reportedly shouted he was 'here to kill Mexicans'


Utah man who reportedly shouted he was 'here to kill Mexicans' before brutal attack avoids hate crime charges
According to Utah state laws, Alan Covington won’t be charged with a hate crime.
By Marissa Higgins / Daily Kos
December 2, 2018, 11:22 AM GMT

https://www.alternet.org/utah-man-who-reportedly-shouted-he-was-here-kill-mexicans-brutal-attack-avoids-hate-crime-charges

Alan Covington, 50, allegedly attacked a father and son, both of whom are Latino, at a tire shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. While doing so, he allegedly shouted, “I hate Mexicans” and "I'm here to kill a Mexican.” But according to state laws, Covington won’t be charged with a hate crime.

The victims were Jose Lopez, 51, and Luis Lopez, his 18-year-old-son. Covington allegedly struck them both with a metal pipe after entering the tire shop.

According to a GoFundMe set up by the family, Luis became unconscious from the hit to his head. He had a three-hour surgery resulting in a titanium plate being put in the right side of his face, as it was “shattered” during the attack. His father survived with eight stitches in his arm and bruising on his back.

So why isn’t a hate crime charge being pursued? Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill explained the following to Buzzfeed News on Saturday:

”I as a state prosecutor cannot give them a measure of justice proportionate to the injury that they're feeling and that truly is an injustice...It basically leaves us without any kind of hate crime statutory framework. It's a farce is what it is."

As explained at Buzzfeed, Utah’s statutes are tricky. Essentially, prosecutors can only “upgrade” the level of some misdemeanor charges where perpetrators allegedly targeted the victim because of their race or social group.

Covington has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, in addition to other weapons and drug charges. But for obvious reasons, the family feels targeted and frustrated.

"It makes my blood boil," Veronica Lopez, the victims’ sister, and daughter, respectively, told the Salt Lake Tribune. "What do they want next? Do they want him to kill someone to see that he’s dangerous?"

Hate crimes have been on the rise since the 2016 presidential election, with Latinos, in particular, suffering from an increase in hate crimes. In some states, like California, hate crimes against Latinos increased by 50 percent in 2016 alone. Whether it’s the administration’s anti-immigrant (and vehemently anti-Mexican) rhetoric or a shift in political climate that allows for racism to be more out in the open, many marginalized people are understandably afraid for their lives.

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oflguy Dec 3 #1
imwithfred Dec 3 #2
MumblyPeg Dec 3 #3
nolens volens Dec 3 #4
Gunslinger201 Dec 3 #5
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Response to bobsal (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 08:52 AM

1. Mexican is not a race

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Response to bobsal (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:14 AM

2. Any particular reason you posted this, bob, sir?

Maybe you have anti-Christmas sentiments, and want to destroy any semblance of joy and goodwill this season?

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Response to bobsal (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:20 AM

3. "hate crime" laws are enacted and supported by the intellectually lazy.

All violent crimes are simply violent crimes. And unless causing personal injury is an accident, all should be treated the same.. which is harshly. and with prejudice.
"hate crime" laws are just another vehicle for lefty to use in order to promote his racist tendencies.

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:28 AM

4. This is the right answer

hate crimes are lazy laws passed because the government wasn't enforcing the law equally for all citizens, so they passed additional laws to try and get the government to enforce those.

It's always amazing to me that when the government doesn't do its job the fix is always more laws for the rest of us, which makes no sense whatsoever. I expect nothing less from my government these days than laws that make no sense and do little except to restrict even further our Amendment protections.

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Response to nolens volens (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:37 AM

5. Same mindset with mass shootings

They start ranting about taking away Guns from the People who didn’t do it

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:48 AM

6. Preaching to the choir my friend....

Agreed, we always look at the wrong solutions.

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Response to bobsal (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 11:11 AM

7. I'm guessing there's a lot of the real story missing from this Alternet (LOL) article

But don't worry, bob, I'm sure another "Mexican" will kill a white girl or two in the coming days so things will be back to square for you, and just in time for the holidays!

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