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Generally, shouting “I hate [your kind of] people” before knocking someone’s teeth out would likely be considered a hate crime. Or so the logic goes…
Unless you live in Canada and the victim is white, of course… duh!
A provincial court judge in Calgary, Canada has just ruled that an indigenous woman who yelled “I hate white people” while punching a white woman in the face so hard it knocked out a tooth did NOT – I repeat – NOT commit a racially motivated hate crime.
Disagreeing with the prosecutor who was attempting to press hate crime charges, Judge Harry Van Harten argued in his written decision that Tamara Crowchief’s unprovoked November 2015 assault on Lydia White had nothing to do with racial bias.
“The offender said, ‘I hate white people’ and threw a punch,” the judge said during his ruling. “There is no evidence either way about what the offender meant or whether . . . she holds or promotes an ideology which would explain why this assault was aimed at this victim. I am not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this offense was, even in part, motivated by racial bias.”
According to the Calgary Herald, White was standing outside a pub with a friend when Crowchief walked up, yelled “I hate white people,” and slugged her in the face. White and the friend followed her and called the police.
When they arrested Crowchief, she told them “the white man was out to get her.”
The perpetrator did end up spending about six months behind bars for the assault, or the equivalent of a 9 1/2-month sentence, and was placed on 12 months probation, but the lack of a “hate crime” enhancement, when the results would be obvious had the roles been reversed, is nothing short of blatant hypocrisy.
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