Quote from Absolutely13
The article didn't state what his immigration status was, but did include some factors that make this outcome even harder to swallow. The all white jury and the description of the town as "faultering" (implying economically) makes some wonder if it was a crime of hate or revenge.
In any case, beating a man to death is not simple assault. Correction: in some places it is.
Additional research indicates that the deceased was an illegal immigrant.
Matters not, though.
What is harder to support is claims of this being a 'hate crime,' because descriptors of this incident indicate that this was a chance encounter, not a deliberate act of contemplated violence directed at a minority. For all we know, the victim may have been the one who initiated racist language to the teens who responded with retaliatory violence irrespective of Luis's race. It didn't make it right, but it may put it in perspective.
Second, the jury has an OBLIGATION to base their decision upon the information presented by both the prosecutor and defending lawyer, and witnesses testifying for the prosecutor gave conflicting testimony, contradicting each other about essential details. This leads to reasonable doubt, and a responsible jury cannot assign guilt when there is reasonable doubt.
Additionally, there was also a mention in one article that the teens were walking away from Luis, and he insisted on fighting with them.
So before we demonize the jury, a jury of OUR PEERS faced with tough and stressful decision, before we label them as racists and unfair, it's only rational to consider more factors than just the ethnicity of the jury and the victim. It's just sad that there are so many who are so damn quick to imply that others are racist, without anything to support the theory other than dissimiliar ethnicities.
Additionally, there is reasonable possibility that one of the perpetrators who cut a deal and pled guilty to lesser charges and a sentence reduction in exchange for testifying against the others may have actually been the one who kicked Luis to death...but his records are sealed by the gov't because he can't be prosecuted beyond his plea bargain and his limited immunity...making the gov't the weak link in this case, not the jury.
I'm not sure the racist generalizations about the jury are grounded in careful consideration about the circumstances of this trial.