Did you hear the one about the poor Latino man in California who was attacked and stabbed by racist white guys that accused him of being an illegal alien? It probably triggered your outrage reflex that in this day and age people are targeted for their ethnicity. It maybe even made you curse Donald Trump, who the media blames for anti-immigrant rhetoric. As it turns out, you’ll need to find another outlet for your ire because this, like most hate crimes, is utter bullshit.
The story goes like this: Last July 15th Jesus Francisco Cabrera was walking to his car in a parking deck in downtown Palo Alto, CA. He says three white men approached him and began making derogatory comments about his ethnicity. Cabrera claims the racist gringos said he didn’t belong in this country.
From there, the three white guys suddenly became two white guys, which should have sent up red flags for the police, but it didn’t. In any case the two white guys attacked Cabrera. One grabbed him from behind, while the other stabbed him in the leg, Cabrera said. Then, they two white guys ran off.
Cabrera went to he hospital with a leg wound and filed a police report. Because of the sensitive racial nature of Cabrera’s story, the ultra-sympathetic Northern California police immediately labeled it a hate crime. Not only were massive resources poured into this case, Palo Alto’s Human Relations Commission asked the police to make a hate crime presentation based on this supposed racially motivated attack.
Cabrera’s bullshit story was so convincing that he gave detailed descriptions of the attackers that police turned into sketches they distributed to the community.
SFGate reports that after months of investigating, the cops have now come to the conclusion that Cabrera made the whole thing up. They couldn’t find any evidence that these suspects actually existed and Cabrera kept changing his story. Eventually Cabrera admitted he was lying.
It turns out the what really happened was Cabrera got into a fight with a rival tagger gang over some illegible graffiti and was stabbed by someone he considers a friend or acquaintance. It appears as if he didn’t want to snitch on one of his homeboys, so he concocted the story about the racist white assholes. Hey, when in doubt, blame whitey.
“A lot of work went into this investigation, which ended up being for naught,” said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Phillip.
The Santa Clarita County prosecutor has charged Cabrera with one misdemeanor count of filing a false hate crime report. In liberal California, that probably amounts to a traffic ticket that Cabrera will never have to pay. That should teach him to occupy valuable police resources for half a year with his bogus tale of racial assault. I’m sure he has learned his lesson.
I’ve thrown this idea out before, but I think filing a false hate crime should be as big of an offense as an actual hate crime. This will never happen because white people tend not to hoax hate crimes so this law would be exclusively used on minorities, which makes it racist in the eyes of liberals. However, if such a law existed, it would definitely cut down on the number of hate crimes in this country by a lot.