The Denver Police Department arrested 32 men and juvenile boys after a months-long undercover investigation into what police said were racially motivated assaults and robberies in downtown Denver, including the LoDo entertainment district.
A task force composed of Denver police, the FBI and the Denver district attorney's office investigated 26 incidents in which groups of black males verbally harassed, assaulted and at times robbed white or Latino males, according to Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman.
Groups of four or five black men would approach a victim late at night or early in the morning and attempt to spark a fight by verbally berating him, Whitman said.
The suspects made references to the victims' race during the assaults.
Victims were punched in the head, resulting in head injuries, broken noses and shattered eye sockets, according to Whitman.
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By the definition used so many times here on CM and the definition as defined by the FBI, looks like it could be a hate crime...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:22 PM on Nov. 24, 2009
I read the article and a couple of others that had basically the same story and quotes included. Nowhere do I see anyone in authority even suggesting that these assaults be prosecuted as hate crimes with the extra sentencing guidelines attached. I think if they are NOT called racial hate crimes and prosecuted as such it will send the wrong message. Racism is ugly no matter which way it goes.
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