Latino group presses for hate crime charges in acid attack

Latino group presses for hate crime charges in acid attack

A Latino civil rights group is calling for hate crime charges after a Hispanic man in Wisconsin said he was attacked with acid and told to "go back" to his country.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) President Domingo Garcia and Wisconsin State Director Lupe Martinez said in a statement that "hate crimes, like the one against [victim Mahud] Villalaz, must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

"We urge Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to file hate crime charges against the suspect in this case," they added. 

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The advocates said such violence is worsened by "aggressive language and dangerous rhetoric from politicians and public servants who inspire people around the country to target anyone who looks Latino." They did not name any particular politicians in the statement.  

Local TV station WTMJ reported that the victim and witnesses said a man shouted "go back to your country" while throwing the acid.  

Asked about the acid attack, Milwaukee Police Department spokesperson Sheronda Grant told The Hill in an email that police have arrested a 61-year-old man on Nov. 2 in connection with a Nov. 1 aggravated battery. Grant's email did not give details on what occurred during the alleged battery. 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE's rhetoric surrounding immigrants after the incident. 

"This anger towards people from other countries is being fed by our president and by his followers," he said in a media availability recording.