According to the Washington Times, the Obama administration filed a federal hate-crimes charge Thursday against a white man accused of using the knockout game to target a black man, videotaping his assault, and then bragging about it to strangers.
The charge marks the first time the administration has taken action on a “knockout” case after the game became an Internet and media phenomenon. It chose a case in which the person accused is white, even though most other cases reported in the news have involved black assailants.
In this instance, 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett is charged with assaulting a 79-year-old black man in Fulshear, Texas. The victim lost three teeth, suffered a broken jaw and had two metal plates inserted into his mouth.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement Thursday. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
I am glad the US Department of Justice has finally stepped forward but it begs the question, what took so long? Mr. Barrett is a disgusting individual but then so are all the others who were participating in this heinous crime.
New York has prosecuted one person under state hate crime laws, but it seems this is the first instance of the federal government taking action.
So does Eric Holder’s inaction regarding previous crimes involving blacks attacking whites actually reflect his own hate crime? I look at the vigilance by which Attorney General Holder went after the Civil Rights voting statute decision of the Supreme Court and State voter ID laws — yet he said nothing about the clear instance of voter fraud perpetrated in 2012 by Ohio poll worker Melowese Richardson — who voted several times for herself and relatives and was unapologetic in doing so.
The real question behind the decision to prosecute Mr. Barrett is not his actions, but rather the perception of an even more heinous double standard emanating from the Obama administration’s Department of Justice under Eric Holder – sure seems like it’s being used as a platform for the progressive socialist version of social justice.