Activists are saying the punishment wasn’t strict enough in a Knox County case in which a teenage boy was convicted of a hate crime.

But what happened between two 17-year-olds in a parking lot in downtown Mount Vernon in May 2008 is murky.
Dale Klein, now 18, pleaded no contest to ethnic intimidation in June in connection with an assault that involved Robert Cantu, a Latino teen, and a noose.
He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $100.
Cantu’s mother, Marcie Cantu, said the charge should have been attempted murder…
“Any time someone puts a noose around someone’s neck and tells them we’re going to take you to the park and hang them, I assume that’s attempted murder,” she said.
Regardless of the inconsistencies, civil-rights and minority-advocacy organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens Ohio, the Ohio Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Council of American Islamic Relations Ohio will participate in a “vigil for justice” scheduled for noon today in Mount Vernon’s public square.
In a news release, LULAC Ohio called the sentence that Ronk handed down “completely appalling” and requests the Department of Justice to investigate.
Babak Darvish, executive director of CAIR, said his group will be there today because “the fact that they had a noose, to me that sounds like a lynch mob … what are they used for? To hang people.” (More)


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