Police initially declared a hate crime when video of a white man beaten by a mob of black teens on July 4th in Cincinnati surfaced over the weekend, but now they are backing off of that claim.
One video showed 27-year-old Christopher McKnight brutally beaten by this pack of jackals after a hip hop concert and fireworks show, while another video shows a group of teens laughing over McKnight as he lay on the sidewalk bloody and seemingly unconscious.
The videos show one lone, unidentified black teen in a red shirt doing his best against the mob to protect McKnight and stop the assault.
The attack was initially called a hate crime, but Police Captain Mike Neville said that was “incorrect” when he spoke to reporters Monday, CBS News reported.
“Right now, I don’t have reason to label that as a hate crime. It is an ongoing investigation. I would tell you preliminary speaking, that report [calling the attack a hate crime] was incorrect,” he said.
So far no one has been charged with McKinght’s beating despite seven arrests stemming from fighting that followed a fireworks show and concert. One teen was arrested for striking an officer.
If a mob of white teens attacked a black man and then laughed as he was on the ground bleeding, would it be a hate crime? And would the mainstream media cover it and not essentially ignore it as they have this attack?
The Twitterverse thinks so.
Hi @cnn how is the Cincinnati 40 on 1 beating not a hate crime, and why no wall to wall coverage? Could it be you are racist….or corrupt?
— HammondfromTexas (@MikeSchomburg) July 6, 2015
@texasman2008 Black thugs did a job on a white guy in Cincinnati, OH over the holiday weekend. There IS no motive-hate crime.
— Aunty O (@GottaBstrong) July 6, 2015
— #MentalHealth Reform (@Butterly81) July 6, 2015
— Citizens Defense (@NewFreedomFight) July 6, 2015
Cincinnati police probe bloody July 4th assault -Why is it when an obvious racial attack by blacks is not hate crime? http://t.co/uBDlXN2RKi
— John Cobra (@cobraman428) July 7, 2015
The media has been strangely silent on this violent hate crime in Cincinnati. http://t.co/hZImaZIqg6
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) July 7, 2015
Cinncinnati police say 40 blacks beating 1 white man nearly to death IS NOT a hate crime…STUNNING!!!>>>>>> http://t.co/7kIFfbSVeo
— Gary (@OrangeCoSurf) July 7, 2015
— 50ShadesOfPissedOff (@GunnetteP) July 6, 2015
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