December 17th, 2009
03:34 PM ET

3 police officers among 5 people indicted in race-related beating

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Five people, including three police officers, have been indicted on charges related to the beating death of a Latino man in rural Pennsylvania in July 2008, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Two indictments charge the five with federal hate crimes, obstruction of justice and conspiracy in what authorities are calling a racially motivated attack.

The indictments come almost six months after a Schuylkill County jury acquitted two teens of aggravated assault and one of murder in the death of Luis Ramirez.

The undocumented Mexican immigrant was beaten into a coma during a street brawl involving the teens and their friends on a residential street in Shenandoah. The incident divided the small, rural mining town along racial lines and became a flash point for racial tensions nationwide.

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  1. Mike in NYC

    An unfortunate incident. The illegal alien was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, when some knuckleheads decided to act out. Maybe if these troubled youths had had the benefit of after-school programs and midnight B-ball, they'd have found another outlet for their restlessness.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm |