"There's a man walking around right now who basically murdered someone, and he's never spent a day in jail," said lawyer Jim Shimoura of American Citizens for Justice, a group that pushed the federal government to intervene after the sentences were handed down.
Shimoura, 59, was a young lawyer when Chin was killed. As Ebens left the federal court in Cincinnati in 1987 a free man, Shimoura told the Free Press then that it was a day of shame.
Today, Shimoura said, everything is different yet the same. The country has its first black president and two Asian Americans in the cabinet. But discrimination is still there, just more subtle and quiet than before, he said.
Shimoura nodded when the comparison was made between Chin's case and that of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, who killed him.
"Even though that's progress, it's still the underlying politic at the local level," he said.30 years later: From the tragedy of Vincent Chin's killing came hope, unity | Detroit Free Press | freep.com