MILWAUKEE: Police arrested a 61 year-old white man suspected of throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man on Friday night’s attack.
The police stated that they investigating the case as a hate crime and refused to release his name pending charges but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identified him as Clifton A. Blackwell, a military veteran whose mother had struggled with post-traumatic stress.
The victim, Mahud Villalaz suffered second-degree burns to his face and said the attack happened after a man confronted him about how he had parked his car and accused him of being in the U.S. illegally.
Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Mayor expressed shock at the attack and blamed President Donald Trump for inciting hatred against minorities.
The attack comes amid a spike in hate crimes directed at immigrants that researches and experts on extremism say is tied to mainstream political rhetoric.
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