Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Tale Of Two Hate Crimes

Or almost two hate crimes. Because one of the hate crimes is only a possible hate crime. Guess which victim is only a possible victim? Yeah, the white one. The black victim however is a victim of a hate crime, despite the fact that law enforcement has no motive for the crime.

Here is the white victim:

"Seattle police are investigating whether a 16-year-old boy who was severely beaten in West Seattle last week was the victim of a hate crime.

"The boy's father, Tim McClellan, told KING-TV his son was attacked because he is white.

"A detective assigned to investigate possible hate crimes is looking into the attack, which happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

"Once the suspects are arrested, it will be up to King County prosecutors to decide whether they could face charges of malicious harassment, the state's hate-crime statute.

"Police say the teenager, identified by his father as Shane McClellan, was walking home around 2 a.m. Tuesday when he got into a fight with two other youths. It's unclear who started the fight, but McClellan was beaten unconscious, Jamieson said Sunday.

"Tim McClellan told KING-TV the two youths first asked his son for a lighter then struck him repeatedly. He said his son was threatened with a gun and beaten with a belt and his neck was burned with cigarettes.

"Police said the two youths called Shane McClellan by racial slurs. He told police that one of the attackers was black and the other was Asian or Pacific Islander, Jamieson said.

"'When they were beating him with the belt [they said] that they hated white people, and that's what the whipping was for,' McClellan told KING-TV.

"McClellan's family told police the teen was beaten and tortured for nearly four hours, Jamieson said.

"The teen told police he awoke on the street alone after the assault around 6 a.m. and flagged down a passer-by, who called 911. Police talked to the teen around 7 a.m.

"Shane McClellan is recovering from the attack at home, KING-TV reports.

"The state's malicious-harassment law makes it a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure someone because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation."

Now the black victim:

" The FBI is investigating a possible federal hate crime in Newberry County, S.C., where an African-American man was fatally shot and dragged for more than 10 miles on a rope attached to a truck.

"Gregory Collins, 30, who is white, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of 30-year-old Anthony Hill of Winnsboro, S.C. Hill's battered body was discovered on a roadway by a motorist Wednesday.

"The victim and the suspect were co-workers at the Louis Rich chicken-processing plant in Newberry, The State newspaper reported.

"The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation. Its director, Reggie Lloyd, told The State that authorities have not yet determined a 'definitive motive" in Hill's death. But Gov. Mark Sanford said in a statement that "there may be reason to believe that this crime potentially has elements related to a hate crime.'"

"Authorities said Hill was killed with a single gunshot to the head and was dead before his body was tethered to a truck and dragged.

"'If this ends up being the case, we recognize it and condemn it for what it would be -- an isolated incident of hate that is indeed to be deeply condemned from all corners of the state and nation,' Sanford said in a statement. 'It would represent an event that certainly does not accurately reflect the good and decent people of South Carolina, and an incident that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'"

"After the discovery of Hill's body, Newberry County deputies said they followed a 10-mile trail of blood to Collins' home in rural Newberry County. He refused to come out for three hours, authorities said, until a SWAT team fired tear gas into his home.

"Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster told The State that Hill and Collins had lately been spending time together outside of work and were at Collins' house late Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

"'It was inside that residence that Collins shot Hill in the head, killing him,' Foster said. 'Collins then removed Hill's body from the residence, attached a nylon rope around Hill's deceased body and began to drag him behind his truck and away from the residence.'"

"Officials said they are examining the 'racial angle' in the slaying, but Foster is cautioning residents against forming conclusions before the investigation is complete.

"'It is absolutely understandable the community would be shocked and outraged by this horrible act,' he said. 'However, the suspect is in custody and will answer to the legal system for his actions.'"

Notice how the FBI and South Carolina state investigators are involved in a simple murder where the suspect is already in custody for the case involving a black victim, but only one detective is assigned to an attack on a white person and the multiple suspects are at large. There is nothing for the FBI and state investigators to investigate. Newberry County deputies solved the crime and made an arrest. All this shows is that whites are second class citizens in this country. There is a double standard on hate crimes, black victims get the FBI and state police, while white victims get one overworked detective.

Also note that he FBI is not involved in the ongoing attacks on whites by blacks in Denver. I guess Eric Holder just doesn't care about white victims.

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