weird wording

This article has some very weird wording:

(CNN) – A jury awarded $2.5 million in damages on Friday to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group because they mistakenly thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

The jury found that the Imperial Klans of America and its founder wrongfully targeted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver, an American citizen of Panamanian and Native-American descent.

According to testimony, three members of the Klan group confronted Gruver in July 2006 during a recruiting mission at the Meade County Fair in Brandenberg, Kentucky. They taunted him with ethnic slurs – inaccurate ones – spat on him and doused him with alcohol. Two of the men, including Hensley, knocked Gruver to the ground and repeatedly struck and kicked him.

“Wrongfully targetted”? “mistakenly”? I am not saying this was necessarily intentional, but I love how these few paragraphs seem to imply that if only they had been RIGHT about his ethnicity, it would have … been okay to beat the shit out of him. Dammit, KKK, get your ethnic slurs right next time!