Racial Animus Case Ends Without Hate Crime Conviction

(Wakefield, RI) -- A white Rhode Island woman will not be sentenced for a hate crime after she was charged for an incident involving a black family from the state last year. Christine Longo of South Kingstown was found guilty of disorderly conduct by a South County District Court judge on Tuesday after standing trial for a profanity-laced tirade at the Narragansett-based Coast Guard House restaurant in which she said, quote, "look at this black guy" and told the family to go back where they came from. Judge James Caruolo said he couldn't justify the state's hate crime recommendation for a misdemeanor charge. Longo's sentence included anger management and diversity training, but no jail time.

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