Prosecute the killings of Phia, Mai Vue and Jesus Manso-Perez as hate crimes

District Attorney John Chisholm

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Two weeks ago, three people of color were brutally murdered by their white neighbor.

After finding out that Jesus Manso-Perez and his son were Puerto Rican, Dan Popp confronted them with a rifle. Jesus Manso-Perez’s son recalls that before killing his father, Popp stated, “you guys got to go.” Popp proceeded towards Phia and Mai Vue’s apartment, knocked down their door, and killed them in front of their children.

Dan Popp is facing three charges of first-degree intentional homicide and one charge of attempted intentional homicide. Popp is currently undergoing a mental competency evaluation.

In response, a coalition of 22 organizations from the Hmong, Latino, and other communities are uniting to urge that local and federal prosecutors pursue a hate crime investigation. As Darryl Morin of the League of United Latin American Citizens stated: “It is important that our community, our city, our state and, in fact, our nation admit that hate does exist and where we see it, we must identify it.”

Join 18MR, League of United Latin American Citizens, and 21 other organizations to ensure that prosecutors investigate the killings of Phia, Ma Vue and Jesus Manso-Perez as hate crimes. We intend to deliver the petition as soon as Wednesday, March 30.

One of the coalition members, Pardeep Kaleka, lost his father when a white supremacist massacred and killed six Sikhs at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Pardeep emphasized that a hate crime charge helped his community to heal and to move forward: “We ask for that same clear articulation that this is indeed driven by hate, not simply mental illness, and that this crime needs to be prosecuted as such.”

To pursue these murders as hate crimes can set a precedent within our current political climate of Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, and ultimately, violence towards Black and Brown communities. This is about more than making sure Popp is held accountable for his actions. We need to make sure the government properly classifies hate crimes in order to better preempt acts of racist, sexist, and homophobic violence.

The deaths of Phia, Mai, and Jesus echoes and emphasizes the danger of hate speech. As modeled by presidential candidate Donald Trump, his words of inciting violence towards Muslims, Black, and Brown folks have encouraged racist fervor that have led to actual violence and now deaths. We cannot stand by and do nothing.

Please join us in supporting the Vue and Manso-Perez families by urging prosecutors to investigate the murders as hate crimes.

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Two weeks ago, three people of color were brutally murdered by their white neighbor.

After finding out that Jesus Manso-Perez and his son were Puerto Rican, Dan Popp confronted them with a rifle. Jesus Manso-Perez’s son recalls that before killing his father, Popp stated, “you guys got to go.” Popp proceeded towards Phia and Mai Vue’s apartment, knocked down their door, and killed them in front of their children.

Dan Popp is facing three charges of first-degree intentional homicide and one charge of attempted intentional homicide. Popp is currently undergoing a mental competency evaluation.

In response, a coalition of 22 organizations from the Hmong, Latino, and other communities are uniting to urge that local and federal prosecutors pursue a hate crime investigation. As Darryl Morin of the League of United Latin American Citizens stated: “It is important that our community, our city, our state and, in fact, our nation admit that hate does exist and where we see it, we must identify it.”

One of the coalition members, Pardeep Kaleka, lost his father when a white supremacist massacred and killed six Sikhs at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Pardeep emphasized that a hate crime charge helped his community to heal and to move forward: “We ask for that same clear articulation that this is indeed driven by hate, not simply mental illness, and that this crime needs to be prosecuted as such.”

Join 18MR, League of United Latin American Citizens, and 21 other organizations to ensure that prosecutors investigate the killings of Phia, Ma Vue and Jesus Manso-Perez as hate crimes. We intend to deliver the petition as soon as Wednesday, March 30.

To pursue these murders as hate crimes can set a precedent within our current political climate of Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, and ultimately, violence towards Black and Brown communities. This is about more than making sure Popp is held accountable for his actions. We need to make sure the government properly classifies hate crimes in order to better preempt acts of racist, sexist, and homophobic violence.

The deaths of Phia, Mai, and Jesus echoes and emphasizes the danger of hate speech. As modeled by presidential candidate Donald Trump, his words of inciting violence towards Muslims, Black, and Brown folks have encouraged racist fervor that have led to actual violence and now deaths. We cannot stand by and do nothing.

Please join us in supporting the Vue and Manso-Perez families by urging prosecutors to investigate the murders as hate crimes.