A man was beaten on March 23 on the St. Louis Metro Link train.
“What do you think of the cop killing Michael Brown situation?” The St. Louis (where else) Metro Link rider didn’t give the politically correct answer, then got beat-up. With that question or statement, depending on how you look at it, and that the victim was white and the two attackers were black, wasn’t enough to be determined a hate crime. So just what does it take to be considered a hate crime?
The 43-year-old male was seated on the Metro, three young black males were standing nearby. The 15-year-old ask the man if he could use his cell phone; he was told no. Then the kid ask the man what he thought of the police killing Michael Brown and the investigation situation. The seated man said something to the effect “I haven’t given it much thought”. The kid suddenly turned into a 15-year-old punk……he proceeded to slug a seated man in somewhat of a defenseless position. A 21-year-old companion also punched and kicked at the passenger. A third companion of the two attackers stood by and just watched. When the train came to its next stop, the three ran off, like the cowards they are.
Was it a hate crime? I don’t know in the context that hate crimes are meant. I mean hate crime, isn’t that really the same as racial or religious and ethnic hate (bias motivated crime)? If this man was beaten because of his view or non-view of the Michael Brown stage, race is definitely involved. Much of what occurred in Ferguson last Summer was about race, right Al Sharpton, right Holder and yes Obama? Hate crime charges will not be filed. The 21-year-old has been charged, with assault, the 15-year-old was turned over to juvenile authorities.
Did the 15-year-old bait his victim, test him? Asking to use his cell phone, was it to see if the man would stand-up to him by saying no, or just give it up. Was it a test to see how friendly the man was? I don’t think in this case it was. To followup with the question of Michael Brown, the kid wanted an answer to instigate trouble, possibly to see if the man had nerve to say what he really thought. His answer was middle ground to avoid a confrontation. The passenger thought he was playing it safe. The kid found someone passive he could pound on and beat. That was obvious, the man didn’t fight back, only slightly raised his arm as a shield to protect his head. He was in a seated position and he was out numbered. No one, not one individual gave him any assistance.
Hate crime is a separate charge all of its own and can be complicated. The definition of hate crime can vary from state to state. The act of beating someone can be a hateful act, and does not need to be motivated by bias. The phrase “hate crime” is a poorly selected title. Like I said earlier, it is meant to be a bias motivated crime; but it doesn’t have to be. Some hateful people hate everyone, no bias there, they hate everyone. A man can kill his father-in-law out of pure hate. They don’t charge him with hate crime, they charge him with murder.
Hate crime, one of those poorly selected phrases to get it politically correct. Assault is assault, rape is rape, arson is arson. I have no problem with additional charges brought against someone for killing a man because he was black or white or Jewish……whatever. Why not call it a “Biasly Motivated Crime”. Hate crime can get complicated, and with legality issues someone could get off, escape the charge. Bias motivated, more to the point. Hate and bias have a lot in common, but there can be differences.
One more point I would like to make, the 43-year-old turned the other cheek. Maybe he’s a better man than me, but he could use a lesson in self-defense. I know he shielded himself, but I can’t see myself in that same situation remaining seated. It would have been a war. That is what cowards do though, prey on a weak and sometimes a person in a defenseless position.