Oregon man accused of racially-charged attack gets probation
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 35-year-old man accused of a racist attack on a woman has been sentenced to mental health counseling and two years of probation.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Joseph Leineweber spent a month in jail after the April attack in Portland and will serve no additional time as part of a plea agreement. Authorities say that during the attack, Leineweber called the woman a “dirty Mexican” and yelled “America deserves better” after jumping onto the hood of her car.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson says prosecutors placed great weight on a forensic psychologist’s report that Leineweber’s tirade was driven by mental illness, rather than deeply rooted racism.
The victim, 42-year-old Concepcion Salazar, says she remains deeply shaken by the attack. She has spoken publicly about it after being reluctant at first. Salazar says “people need to know it’s not right. … We’re all humans.”