Five people have been indicted in connection with a downtown attack that followed the Taste of Cincinnati.
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters, whose own son was assaulted by blacks at last years Taste of Cincinnati, doesn't want to press hate crime charges against the multiple blacks who attacked Christopher McKnight on July 4th in Fountain Square...
Jon Deters, 24, was assaulted on West Ninth Street as he was walking his sister to her car on Memorial Day weekend. His father is Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters.
On Tuesday, Matthew Johnson Jr., 23, Joshua McCoy, 21, Onea Lapsley, 22, Yahdea Brown, 19, and a 17-year-old were each indicted on one count of felonious assault, two counts of assault, one count of aggravated riot and one count of ethnic intimidation.
A witness previously said the attack was racially motivated, noting "that was quite obvious in the slurs that were being thrown out.” The suspects are black, while Deters is white.
"If that lady hadn't stepped in, Jon would be dead because he was a white kid and it's disgusting either way," Joe Deters said.
By some twist of fate, the very same county prosecutor whose son was beaten by a black mob (his crime: being white) at the Taste of Cincinnati in 2014 is the man who will decided whether or not to press hate crime charges against the black mob which beat McKnight. [Prosecutor Joe Deters reviews downtown assault, Local 12, July 9, 2015]:
Prosecutor Joe Deters said he has reviewed the evidence of Saturday’s July 4, attack on Fountain Square and he does "not" think it was a hate crime. But that doesn't mean the young men seen beating Christopher McKnight were going to get away with anything. So many people saw the video of McKnight, a white guy being beaten by black men, and went right to hate crime.
There is more to the story.
Prosecutor Deters told Local 12 it wasn't just a white guy, he was a white guy who was intoxicated and had his wallet hanging out.
Deters said McKnight was robbed and he kept coming back, motioning as if he wanted to keep fighting. What he was saying was, “I want my stuff back.”
He still doesn't have his wallet or cellphone. It really didn't fit Ohio's ethnic intimidation law.
Under that law motivation for the assault would have to be about race, color, religion or national origin.
In some cases, that motivation was verbalized. That was what happened in 2014 at the Taste of Cincinnati when people were indicted under that law.
The police report taken Saturday night, July 4, called the assault a "hate" crime and "anti-white."
Captain Neville said he didn't think that was what it was going to be and Joe Deters agreed. But Deters also said he was going after the men in that video.It was Deters own son who was attacked by a group of blacks during the Taste of Cincinnati event in 2014 referenced in the WKRC CBS (Local 12) story above...
There's a frightening lesson somewhere in these two stories, separated by only 12 months: multiple black people attacking a lone person, with one of the episodes victim including the son of the Hamilton County prosecutor and the other including the same prosecutor who quickly brushed aside the news McKnight's beating might have been motivated by racial hate.
But what's the lesson?
* Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago