Ignorance and prejudice often spark hate crimes. Without education, incorrect and oftentimes venomous characterizations may lead to acts of intimidation and hate-motivated violence.
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
In an extreme case of hate crime, a woman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime. Her alleged victim was a man she thought was either Hindu or Muslim. He died after being pushed onto the tracks of an elevated train and crushed by an oncoming train, reported The New York Times. The tragedy is magnified because the victim was chosen solely for being part of a group that is misunderstood and perceived as radically different,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
The New York Times quoted the woman, Erika Menendez, as having told the police: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” The quote was linked to a press release (Release #169-2012) from the District Attorney’s office in Queens County.
According to the NYT, the victim, Sunando Sen, was born in India and raised Hindu.
If convicted, Menendez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison. If she is charged with murder as a hate crime, the possible minimum sentence would be extended, according to the NYT.
“Ignorance and prejudice often spark hate crimes. Fear and intolerance can lead to a lack of understanding about different groups of people and their traditions. Without education, these incorrect and oftentimes venomous characterizations may lead to acts of intimidation and hate-motivated violence,” said Perecman.
The attack happened at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside, Queens. This is the second time this month someone was pushed to death in a train station, said The New York Times. The first case was not considered a hate crime.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including hate crimes can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
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For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York, including religious discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
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*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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