Staten Island Assaults: A Tangled 'Why'

Cameras and an NYPD

Photo by: Michael Cohen

Cameras and an NYPD "Skywatch" tower are among the weapons the city has deployed against a rash of attacks involving Mexican victims and a diverse mix of attackers.

As a national debate erupted over Arizona's controversial immigration law this summer, a simmering anti-Mexican sentiment appeared to explode in Staten Island's Mexican enclave, Port Richmond.