Two white men were acquitted of murdering a black teenager in a mob attack in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst section that heightened racial tension in the city.
A jury took four hours Tuesday to find Joseph Serrano and James Patino not guilty in the 1989 slaying of Yusuf Hawkins, a 16-year-old shot to death after he and three friends went to the white neighborhood to look at a used car.The blacks were set upon by a mob of up to 30 people wielding baseball bats.
Another defendant, Joseph Fama, has been convicted of murder in the slaying. John Vento, whose first murder trial ended in a hung jury, went on trial again Tuesday. Several other defendants face trial next year.