ADL Welcomes Conviction of Keith Luke in Brockton

Boston, MA, May 30, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the conviction of Keith Luke, an unaffiliated white supremacist, who killed two Cape Verdean women and sexually assaulted a third in Brockton, Massachusetts in 2009. His arrest pre-empted a planned racially motivated killing spree directed at Jews and non-whites.

Robert Trestan, ADL Acting New England Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We commend the Plymouth County Prosecutors for their three year pursuit of justice in this case. Luke was on a hate motivated mission to kill Jews and non-whites and this verdict means that our community is safer tonight. We are grateful to the Brockton Police who apprehended him before he could inflict more damage.

References during the trial by the defense team to a “Zionist Occupied Government” and “Jew controlled media” are patently offensive to everyone in our community and are indicative of what motivated him to kill.

Like all perpetrators of hate crimes, Luke was trying send a message to his victims - and everyone else who shares the victim's characteristics – that they are not welcome or safe. Now that he has been brought to justice, we hope a louder, stronger message resonates - that all people are welcome and safe in Brockton and across Massachusetts.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.