St. Louis Men Who Beat White Man Over Michael Brown/Ferguson Not Charged With ‘Hate Crime’

by Warner Todd Huston | April 1, 2015 6:07 pm

A white man riding on the St. Louis Metrolink who was brutally beaten[1] by a crew of black youths because he didn’t want to talk to them about the riots and racial strife in Ferguson has found out that his attackers won’t be charged with a hate crime.

Prosecutors announced[2] on Wednesday that despite the racial motives of the black attackers, the state won’t charge the attackers with any hate crime.

There will be no hate crime charges for two males arrested in the beating of a man that may have been sparked by a question about the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown.

St. Louis police have charged Ronald Williams, 21, with assault. A 15-year-old has also been arrested, according to authorities.

There had been speculation that the suspects might be charged with a hate crime because the victim was white and the people who attacked him were black. And because the punches were thrown following the Michael Brown reference.

But that won’t be happening.

“Specifically, when put in context, it did not support the finding that the acts in this case met the elements of the hate crime statute in the state of Missouri, specifically proving the motivating factor behind the individual that we have charged, Ed Postawko with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office told CNN affiliate KMOV.

Why isn’t this surprising, eh?

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