In August a 13-year old white kid was attacked and beaten by a mob of black teenagers at a church event in Norwood, OH. While some arrests have been made, the black attackers have not been charged with a hate crime. Lt. Ron Murphy of the Norwood Police Department explains that these thugs can’t be charged with a hate crime enhancement because they are accused of assault. I’m not kidding; he is saying assaults can’t be hate crimes in Ohio.
As you can see in the video, the cowardly mob of blacks surround the white kid and try to goad him into a fight. After refusing to fight the mob, the white kid is sucker punched from behind and all of the blacks beat him to the ground. He is kicked and punched while on the ground and then the chickenshits run away. It has been reported that these black thugs had tried earlier in the day to attack another white kid. Clearly they were hunting for a white person to assault.
If you think that sounds like a hate crime, you are not alone. Someone sent an e-mail to the Norwood PD asking for some clarification:
I am appalled that you are not charging these black kids with a hate crime for attacking this white kid. It’s obvious this was racially motivated and a hate crime. Your Dept. must be afraid of blacks. If this were a white group of kids attacking a black kid they’d be facing hate crime charges. Guess you are worried about the blacks protesting. Your Dept should be ashamed of itself, such cowards. Why not just set them free. If I were a police officer in Norwood I’d hide my face in shame. The entire Internet is abuzz with this course of action taken. You are being called the most cowardly Dept in Ohio. Hope you can sleep tonight. I have lived in Norwood a couple of different times, I’d never live there again. COWARDS!!!!!!!”
Norwood PD posted this e-mail of their FaceBook page and then offered this response:
Thank you for taking the time to email me your concerns. Many people are confused about Ohio law in regards to “hate crime.” Ohio has a law called ethnic intimidation.
This Ohio law specifically lists five crimes where ethnic intimidation can be tacked on as an additional charge as a sentencing enhancement. Those crimes are aggravated menacing, menacing, criminal damage and endangering, criminal mischief and telecommunications harassment. In our case the crime being committed was an assault. It does not allow us to charge with ethnic intimidation.
There you have it. If you beat the hell out of someone in Ohio because you don’t like their skin color, it is not a hate crime or “ethnic intimidation.”
Lt. Murphy added:
That being said, there also has to be some evidence that the crime was committed primarily due to race, color, religion, or national origin. In this case there is no evidence that the crime was committed because of race. Just because the suspects were all black and the victim was white, that is not sufficient evidence to prove a “hate crime.”
They were a mob of blacks looking to beat up a white person and then they beat up a white person. That kind of sounds like it was racially motivated. Just in case you aren’t offended enough, Lt. Murphy offered this interpretation of the beating to Cincinnati.com:
“It appears a large group is trying to egg-on a fight. The victim doesn’t appear to want to participate. After 30 seconds, someone starts punching him and basically said, ‘OK, then I’ll fight him.’ Then, a mob mentality sets in,” said Murphy.
This was a hate crime and there is no doubt about it. Maybe Ohio should rename its ethnic intimidation law to “ethnic intimidation of gays and non-whites” because clearly it is not being applied equally.