Two Charged In Assault Caught On Film
FROM The Star Tribune:
Two men have been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in the video-recorded assault of an elderly woman at a south Minneapolis transit center that investigators called “appalling.”
Charges say Wesley N. Martin, 21, of Blaine, and Deondre R. Jackson, 20, of Minneapolis, participated in the assault on Feb. 12 that was posted on Facebook the next day, according to the allegations filed Tuesday.
A court filing Tuesday said the victim was heard on the video yelling, “Help me!” yet “there are many people in the shelter who do nothing.”
“The video is appalling,” transit police officer Michael Leubner wrote in the complaint.
According to charges:
Police reviewed surveillance footage from the shelter, which showed the victim sitting on a bench inside the Chicago-Lake Transit Center.
Martin, Jackson and an unnamed accomplice approach the woman and yell at her. She ignores them at first, then tries to get up and is repeatedly shoved back onto the bench.
Martin steals a liquor bottle from the woman’s jacket. When a bystander tries to intervene, Martin pushes her aside. He then gropes the victim, who tries to escape as the two hold and take her jacket.
Jackson can be seen holding a cellphone “and records the brutalization of victim,” the complaint read. Martin groped her as she lay on the ground while Jackson used his phone to get a close-up of her face.
“Jackson can be heard on the video yelling racial epithets about Victim and commenting that ‘that lady like a hundred years old,’ ” the charges read.
An older man stepped in and pushed Martin away. Martin and the man fight, with Martin kicking and punching the man in the face while he’s down.
Jackson records the fight while the unnamed accomplice holds the woman to the ground and tears her shirt off.
Records show Martin is on probation for an assault conviction from last month. Jackson has 2016 convictions for robbery and terroristic threats.
Prosecutors said they will seek a stiffer sentence than called for under the state guidelines, citing the victim’s age and vulnerability, the “particular cruelty” of the offense and as well as the video recording.
Both remain jailed with court dates pending.
Thugs throw old lady to the ground, they were dumb enough to live stream it. pic.twitter.com/SMqY0dNzaL
— The Red Elephants 🐘 (@RealRedElephant) March 12, 2018
Was This a Hate Crime?
The question remains. Should these two be charged with a hate crime? In my opinion yes due to the racial epithets that were said during the attack. But don’t expect to be hearing about this attack from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC.)
The “hate group” chart by created by the SPLC some time ago clearly shows that relative to population, black males are massively overrepresented in hate groups in America. According to data compiled by 15,000 law enforcement agencies, black males who make up around 6% of the population also commit 26% of the total hate crimes in America. Relative to population percentages, black males commit hate crimes at a much higher rate than white men do however in the mainstream media all we hear about is white perpetrated racism and hate crimes.
There were 6,121 hate crime incidents recorded in 2016, an almost 5 percent rise from 2015 and a 10 percent increase from 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hate Crimes Statistics report said. It did not give a reason for the rise.
Black Americans were targeted in about half the 3,489 incidents based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report said, followed by whites who were targeted in 720.
About half the 1,273 incidents that involved religion were against Jews. Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes, up 19 percent from 2015 and double the number in 2014.
There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with almost two-thirds of those targeting gay men.
The hate crimes recorded last year included nine murders and 24 rapes, the report said. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white and 26 percent were African-American.