Tuesday, January 27, 2015
So, blacks don’t commit hate crimes? Strange very strange…
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to determine if the brutal attack on a white Iraq war veteran by a gang of black men that took place last August in Mississippi is a federal hate crime.
At least one witness described the incident as racially motivated. The attack was allegedly carried out in retaliation for the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown.
Former U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran, Ralph Weems, 32, was severely beaten in late August, allegedly by a crowd of black men at the Huddle House restaurant near West Point, a small town south of Tupelo in the northern part of Mississippi.
Weems suffered brain injury from the attack.
In a statement released in August, the West Point Police said it would investigate the incident as an “aggravated assault,” not “a hate crime.”
Constance Levail McFarland, 21, Marquavious McMillian, 20, and Courtez McMillian, 22, have been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the alleged attack on the veteran.
The FBI, a component of DOJ, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation have yet to determine if the attack will be prosecuted as a hate crime.
It is ultimately up to the DOJ Civil Rights Division to decide if it will open a federal hate crime case related to the brutal attack on Weems.