Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hate Crime in East Austin?

Brick Thrown through a window in East Austin - "The brick, thrown through a 4-year-old boy’s bedroom window, read “Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong.” The homeowner, Barbara Frische, who is white, said she has lived in the home for 10 years." Yet:

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race. Police say the incident has been classified as criminal mischief and deadly conduct.

Clearly, if the colors were reversed, it would NOT be put down to mere "criminal mischief".

UPDATE: More Bad Austin Police decisions hitting the blogosphere. Great, a sting operation that ends up arresting neighbors concerned about abandoned vehicles left (by cops!) for days.

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