The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) cops thought they had themselves a bonafide hate crime spree going on. Someone had been vandalizing the stations and trains with swastikas and racial slurs, so naturally they were convinced some white racist Trump supporter was responsible. Then they took a look at the surveillance video and saw it was a black guy doing the hateful vandalism. Never mind.
CBS SF Bay Area reports that a week ago swastikas started appearing at BART stations in the San Francisco area. After several incidents of both Nazi graffiti and racial slurs, the police determined that this was all the work of one racist asshole. The news doesn’t say what specifically the racial slurs were, because why would they?
In addition to transit stations, several trains where also tagged by this racist vandal. A couple of days ago the mad hater struck again, but that time he was captured on video. Police released the image above showing the suspect. Yup, he’s black. Oops. So much for that hate crime angle, right?
Here’s my favorite part of the story:
[Deputy Police Chief Ed Alvarez] said that police will most likely not pursue hate crime charges against the suspect because a racial slur or swastika must be directed at a person for in order for it be considered a hate crime.
Show of hands: who thinks that if this was a white guy in a MAGA hat, that the cops would pursue hate crime charges? Or if the vandal was writing anti-gay slurs? This is San Francisco we are talking about. The have very strict rules about which kinds of people are victims and which kinds are victimizers.
Also, I’m calling bullshit that slurs need to be directed at a person for it to be a hate crime in SF. I remember a few years ago a man was arrested and convicted of several hate crimes for some non-specific anti-Chinese graffiti in the city. He basically spray painted things like “I hate Chinese” and “Chinese get out” on abandoned buildings. These weren’t even racial slurs and they sure weren’t directed at anyone in particular. If memory serves me, the perpetrator of this “hate crime” was white.
Even the coverage of this BART vandalism is a complete load. CBS didn’t include the picture of the black man that the police released. They mentioned that the cops put out this picture, but didn’t show it. I had to do some Interwebz sleuthing to find the shot. I guess CBS was concerned that people might get the idea that black people are racist or, even worse, that most acts of hatred aren’t committed by white people like the liberal media says.