Is Black on White Crime EVER a “Hate Crime?”

Jun 13, 2015 by

by Dr. Fred –

Frankly, if I was the Florence, Alabama police chief, I’d be a bit embarrassed, but maybe it’s not completely his fault. After all, we are seeing the result of what emotional virtue has created in America, where a group of blacks can beat up a family of white people and the police chief has to think about whether the crime is racially motivated. He has to take time to consider whether he will charge anyone with a hate crime, provided the perpetrators are found and arrested first.

I emailed Chief Tyler asking him if he had the time to discuss the situation with me. His response was: “I have plenty of time. Call [telephone number] and set up an appointment with my secretary and I will discuss at length with you. I don’t have these conversations via email nor social media. Have a good evening sir.”

As requested, I contacted his secretary and set up an appointment to speak with Chief Tyler at 2:00 pm my time, today. His secretary assured me that if something came up that would prohibit the chief from speaking with me, she would contact me. At 2:00pm I called and was told that Chief Tyler was not available and I would be speaking with Detective Harris.

I went over the situation with him and asked him if there is anything about the event in which a white family was attacked by blacks that would determine it to be a racial hate crime. Detective Harris responded with, “At this point in the investigation, there is nothing that points to it being related to a hate crime.”

When I asked Detective Harris what guidelines his agency uses to determine the possibility of a hate crime, he referred me to the Alabama State Code 13A-5-13. In essence though – as I pointed out to Detective Harris (after reading through it with him on the line) – the statute itself really doesn’t make it clear how to determine whether a hate crime has actually been committed. It only says that IF/WHEN it has been proven that a hate crime has occurred, then the penalty phase kicks in.

In point of fact, Alabama State Code 13A-5-13 simply speaks about assessing penalties for a hate crime when determined that a hate crime occurred:

“The purpose of this section is to impose additional penalties where it is shown that a perpetrator committing the underlying offense was motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or physical or mental disability.”

Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler

That part of the code does not explain how a hate crime is determined to have happened. In fact, I could not find in the Alabama State Code a place where it succinctly defines what constitutes a hate crime or how investigators are to know. It simply indicates the type of penalties that are to be enacted once a hate crime occurrence has been determined. The law provides nothing to help officers determine what is and what is not a hate crime. It’s a big “what if.”

White Mom says blacks attacking her family used racial epithets. Knowing this, Detective Harris still made his statement to me, “At this point in the investigation, there is nothing that points to it being related to a hate crime.” He is saying Mom’s word is not proof and therefore, will not be considered.

He doesn’t deny the family members were beaten, but that physical assault does not in and of itself constitute a hate crime even though the victim’s are white and the perpetrators black. If the perpetrators were actually physically blind, I might agree with Detective Harris, but it seems clear to me and any logical person that this particular crime was motivated by race. I don’t recall reading that anything was stolen, so robbery was certainly not a motive. The police have stated they don’t believe it was gang activity either. What’s left then? Oh wait, that’s a bit too “what iffy” I suppose.

I asked Detective Harris whether or not a group of blacks using racial epithets toward whites during the commission of an assault would constitute a hate crime. After hemming and hawing, Detective Harris claimed I was veering off into “what if” situations. Yes, I was because I was attempting to nail down the confines of the law that he had pointed me to in the first place.

Clearly, using “what ifs” is very helpful in determining the parameters of any situation, especially the commission of a crime. Whether Detective Harris was willing to admit it or not, he and his colleagues constantly use “what ifs” in determining the outcome of cases or to determine the efficacy of evidence or to put the pieces of evidence together when making their case to the District Attorney. It’s ALL “what if” until the jury decides, isn’t it?

Detective Harris then said if I had any further questions related specifically to this case, he would be willing to respond, but he had other victims that required his attention far more than the conversation he was having with me. I agree that it was a waste of time too. I was originally invited to speak with Chief Tyler (by Chief Tyler himself), and I did what I was asked to do, only to be handed off to the detective in charge of the case, who would have preferred to be anywhere else. I’m quite sure he had better things to do too.

Of course, most of us understand that if whites had been the perpetrators against a black family just sitting together in a park, well sir, the whites would have been charged with a hate crime before anyone’s head hit the ground. Sharpton would have flown into Florence, AL pretty darned quick to be followed by the New Black Panthers. President Obama would have gone on the air with another one of his solemn expressions bemoaning the fact that here is yet more proof that America has not yet moved passed its racist moorings. The media would have spent its time analyzing and re-analyzing the situation from every possible way, inviting every leading left-wing racist to show just how incensed they can become as yet another black family is on the receiving end of racial hatred from whites.

Not only does truth not seem to matter much today, but the obvious is too often ignored in favor of political correctness created via emotional virtue.

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