Robert Allen and Justin Meskan Convicted of Assaulting Two San Francisco Latinos, but Not of Hate Crimes
Two men with known ties to a racist skinhead group were found guilty of assaulting two Mexican nationals in San Francisco, but not found guilty of a hate crime, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Last Nov. 9, Robert Allen, 29 and Justin Meskan, 29 attacked Alex Cauich, 21 outside the Nitecap Bar and also attacked his cousin who jumped in to help.
A San Francisco Superior Court jury convicted Allen and Meskan, of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury on Alex Cauich, and simple battery on his cousin, Jose Omar Cauich.
Neighbors reported hearing the men yelling “white power” and a witness heard the assailants yelling, “run like you run across the border” while chasing the victims, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Outside of court last week, Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang, who prosecuted the case, told SFAppeal that jurors felt that the fight was not necessarily started for hate crime reasons, but may have become racially motivated due to the length and severity of the attack.
“I don’t believe that to be the case,” Hwang said.
A third man, Anthony Weston, 33, accepted a plea bargain that included the hate crime enhancement and testified against Allen and Meskan. Weston served his sentence and is already out of jail, according to SFAppeal.Tell us what you think in the comments below or on:
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