“Hate crime” is the buzzword of the day after a Brooklyn incident in which 10 black youths were said to have taken part in the beating of a 30-year-old white couple.
According to the New York Daily News, the white couple’s car was blocked at an intersection by 10 youths in the New York borough of Brooklyn. The husband, Ronald Russo, and his wife Alanna were parked at a stop light. When the light turned green, Russo honked his car horn to signal the group to move out of the way. Instead of complying, they began kicking the car.
Witnesses said that Russo got out of the car to check for possible damage, and at that time was assailed by a large group of the kids, who (bravely) teamed up on Russo and then pulled Alanna out of the car by her hair, shouting racial epithets as they pulled her hair and slammed her head into the pavement, the criminal complaint stated.
The onslaught then continued as court papers stated that the youths were shouting, “Get those crackers,” and “Get that white whore.” The papers also revealed the group of hoodlums were in the “12- to 18-year-old range.”
Alanna managed to call 911 during the attack. She reportedly suffered a black eye and bleeding, while her husband received a fractured nose, broken septum, and a blood clot and abrasions to his shoulder.
Russo’s iPhone was also stolen in the attack.
Thus far, police have made four arrests and continue to search the area for six more suspects. Of the two in custody, police have 18-year-old Kashawn Kirton, of the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush, and 17-year-old Daehrell Finch, of Brooklyn’s Gravesend section. They were arrested from a nearby Lowe’s parking lot minutes following the attack.
Kirton will face gang assault, harassment and menacing charges. Each will be considered a hate crime, the Washington Times reported, adding that Kirton denies any involvement in the attacks.
Finch was charged with gang assault, assault, menacing and harassment, but does not face hate crime charges.
A 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were also arrested.
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the only case of racially motivated brutality to originate from the African-American community in the last year.
In September, we brought you the story of Jeffrey Babbitt, who was killed in an alleged assault by a man, who shouted, “I hate white people” as he struck Babbitt.
Also, in July, a Baltimore Hispanic man was allegedly chased and beaten by 12 black teens who shouted, “This is for Trayvon,” referencing the high-profile acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s shooter earlier this year.
Do you think the “hate crime” label should apply to all cases of violence and not just those perpetrated against minorities?
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