Opinions divided on racial tension in Patchogue
One day after Jeffrey Conroy was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in the death of immigrant Marcelo Lucero, some Patchogue residents say there is still a climate of intolerance in the community.
Lois Miguel Rodriguez, 23, has lived in Patchogue his whole life, but says he still gets nasty looks from people while walking down Main Street.
But Rev. Dwight Lee Walter, of the Congregational Church of Patchogue, says he's never seen a community work harder to change.
Other residents say Conroy and the other teens charged in the Lucero case were an anomaly and that there isn't much tension on the streets of Patchogue.
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