This is yet another case of political hypocrisy. We all know how police officials and the media react when a black person gets beaten or killed by a mob of white people. Regardless of whether or not there was evidence of racism in the assault, everyone assumes that it must have been racially motivated.
When the roles are reversed, and the victim is white, and the attackers are black, it doesn’t matter what evidence is there to show that the attack was racially motivated, it’s automatically assumed that it was a random act of violence.
Even if they had a signed and notarized document from the attackers stating that they hated all white people, and that’s why they attacked the person – because of the color of his skin – the media would pretend to be intellectually skeptical and claim that the document was forged. Then they’d find some way to sympathize with the attackers and claim that the white guy probably got what he had coming to him.
In this case which happened in Cincinnati, Ohio, the cop who wrote the incident report actually stated that it was “anti-white” racism that was the source of the assault. Not long after, the police captain came along and said that was a mistake, that there was no evidence suggesting the attack had anything to do with race. The Cincinnati Inquirer reported:
In a police incident report filed at 3 a.m. Sunday, the reporting officer stated the assault that left Christopher McKnight, 27, bloodied and unconscious involved hate or bias. The officer’s typed explanation was that the violence was “anti-white.”
At a Monday afternoon news conference with other police and city leaders, Capt. Mike Neville said that description was incorrect.
He spoke just minutes after The Enquirer had obtained the incident report and posted a story on its contents.
In an interview later in the afternoon, Neville said categorizing the assault as a hate crime was the opinion of reporting officer Alicia Essert. She drew that conclusion, Neville said, because McKnight was attacked by a group of people from the “opposite race.”
It is too early in the investigation to determine whether race motivated the assault, Neville said.
No one has been charged in connection with McKnight’s beating, which occurred after a hip-hop concert at Fountain Square.
The incident report states McKnight, of Albany, Indiana, was jumped on and beaten during an “unruly crowd situation stemming from (the) Fountain Square event” around 11:30 p.m. The assault lasted five minutes.
McKnight was walking near Government Square, shortly after police had responded to a group that had been throwing bottles and fireworks at police at Fountain Square, Neville said.
A video posted to Facebook showed McKnight lying on the ground while a group of people surrounded him. The video does not show the assault itself.
McKnight’s face was bloodied, and he appeared to be unconscious in the video. His black shirt was pulled up and appeared to have more blood on it.
People surrounding him can be heard laughing in the video.
One person stepped forward and pushed McKnight to his side in a recovery position. Another can be heard telling someone to call 911.
After the assault:
Jariah Noel, who posted the first video on Facebook, said that this guy tried getting on the bus but bumped into a black guy, and that’s what started the whole thing.
Was it a “hate crime?” I have no idea. Frankly, I think we should stop referring to these as “hate crimes,” no matter what races are involved. Crime is crime. There was an assault, or many assaults. That’s a crime, and it’s worth investigating and prosecuting those involved. Their motivation, while important to consider in determining why they did what they did, shouldn’t play a part in deciding how to sentence the criminals. Their sentence shouldn’t be worse, just because the attack was racially motivated.