Baltimore's police chief today said that the videotaped beating of a white tourist does not appear to be a hate crime, but rather "drunken opportunistic criminality" on the part of a gang of Charm City assailants.
In a radio interview, Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III urged Baltimore residents to "distinguish between criminality and racially motivated crime." Bealefeld, who is white, warned against "race-baiting" and "fear-mongering" in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting and other recent racially charged incidents.
"There's no doubt it's a crime," Bealefeld said of the March 17 assault. "We need to vigorously hold criminals accountable, and we have to be careful not to be pulled into this race-baiting."
...The video, seen above (go to link...MIM), was shot by an onlooker outside a downtown courthouse, where the tourist was sucker-punched by an attacker. The victim, wearing a Mountain Dew shirt, crumpled to the sidewalk and hit his head.
While on the ground, the man was set upon by about ten attackers, who stole his Tag Heuer watch, money, iPhone, and keys to his Audi, according to police. The dazed and defenseless victim is also punched, kicked, and even hit with a shoe by several assailants. In a final indignity, the man is “teabagged” by a male attacker.
Ace of Spades, where I found the link, writes:
The Supreme Court should strike these laws (hate crimes) off the books. They violate the Equal Protections Clause, as actually practiced.
Last week I attempted to pressure Anderson Cooper into covering this. He's made a big deal about Hate and Bullying.
And yet his interest to call this behavior out seems to be limited to all the predictable cases.
If liberals believe that Public Shaming of bigotry, hatred, and bullying behavior can actually work to reduce such behavior -- and I actually do think this works, as I think shame generally guides behavior -- why do they stubbornly refuse to apply it to all bigotry, hatred, bullying, and gross criminal conduct?
If dehumanization and "Otherization" (as liberals term it) makes predatory and vicious conduct more likely, what precisely is the message being sent when the liberal media treats stuff like this as "acceptable losses"?