Neo-Nazi’s Deface Los Angeles City Councilman’s Office

Date Put forth on May 3, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Prejudices, Racism

Three swastikas and an anti-Semitic manifesto was found outside [tag]Los Angeles[/tag] City Councilman [tag]Jack Weiss[/tag]’ Sherman Oaks office. The three swastikas were printed on 8½ by 11 paper and were taped to the front door of the building. On a separate piece of paper there was a short manifesto. According to the Los Angeles Times the manifesto read:

“We have no time to listen to Jewish American children!!! If you don’t believe us, just try talking to us.” Then there is an obscene reference to “a homoerotic cop” and what that cop should do to Weiss. It concludes “Heil Weiss!”

The photos below are what councilman’s staff spotted glued on his front doors. One flyer was written in German and the other was written in English.

According to ABC 7, Police say they have a good idea who did it, but are not releasing that information yet. Capt. Jim Miller, LAPD:

“We have located a witness who observed someone about 6 a.m. this morning posting these materials. Based on that description, and some other incidents that have occurred involving the council office in the previous days, we believe we have identified the suspect in the case and we’re working further towards his apprehension.”

This was obvious a hate targeted at Weiss, not only because he is Jewish but also because of his strong ties to the Jewish community. As hate crimes are suddenly becoming a national past-time, the Great Decider decided to veto the expansion of the [tag]hate-crime[/tag] law, stating that “his senior advisors” are recommending that he veto the bill. Sadly, the House vote fell short of the two-thirds majority that would be necessary to enact the bill over Bush’s veto.

In the Senate, the expansion of the bill is named after Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student whose fatal 1998 beating helped inspire the legislation. Shepard’s parents were among those who have lobbied for the bill’s passage.

Also spurring the measure were other high-profile incidents, including the 1999 shooting attack on a Jewish community center in the San Fernando Valley by a white supremacist.

The bill would have expanded the definition of a hate crime, which would have broaden the federal authority to aid state and local law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes motivated by race, religion, national origin and color, as well as sexual orientation, gender and disability.

It was attacks like the one that happened one year ago, when two [tag]neo-Nazi[/tag] fucks – David Tuck and Keith Turner – tortured an innocent Latino that the hate-crimes legislation was created for.

David Tuck, 18, a neo-Nazi roughneck with a reputation for racist outbursts, confronted the Latino teen, with whom he had previously consumed a cocktail of vodka, marijuana, cocaine and Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety medication, and dragged him outside. With the assistance of his friend Robert Turner, 17, Tuck then commenced a four- to five-hour beating in which the victim was stripped, kicked with steel-toed boots, and severely sodomized with a patio-umbrella pole. Finally, Tuck and Turner stood their victim against a fence and poured bleach all over his body. According to prosecutors, Tuck at one point also attempted to slash something into the semi-conscious victim’s chest and burned him with cigarettes. Witnesses say Tuck yelled ethnic slurs and shouted, “White power!” during the attack.

In fact, it was because this case that Congress decided to expand the hate crimes law. The federal government was unable to use existing hate crime laws to prosecute his attackers because the assault took place on private property. Now that Dudya veto the bill, it sends a clear message to every xenophobic white supremacist nut case that they are allowed to beat their victim in their home because the federal government won’t be able touch them.

This just illustrates that this country has little regard in provide any type of justice to counter not only the rising tide of anti-Hispanic hatred, but the rising number violent hate crimes throughout this country.

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  1. Gravatar Icon marc May 8th, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I wrote about the Tuck/Turner case because it was utterly disgusting. Of that I don’t think there can be any debate whatsoever. Neither is it questionable that these scum hated their victim’s ethnic background.

    But neither is a justification for another useless, feel-good law. America already has laws against every aspect of this case that range from assault to sodomy to attempted murder. The only reason to add a so-called “hate crime” law to the books is to create a special class of crimes for minorities.

    America – indeed, all nations – should strive to have as few laws as possible to enforce order and ensure justice. These laws should be clearly written, unambiguous, and rigorously enforced.

    If there is a problem with one of these “should be’s”, the proper approach to changing outcomes is to fix that problem, not create new laws that only make the problems worse. This is one such.

  2. Gravatar Icon XicanoPwr May 9th, 2007 at 11:50 am

    The reason we have these “useless feel-good” hate crime laws is protect society from people like Tuck/Turner who’s sole purpose is to degrade and dehumanize a person. How you deny that fact, when a person is having a pipe rammed up his ass while being called a “spic” “wetback” and every other dehumanizing term in the book that was not a hate crime? Crimes motivated by invidious hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. But it is people like you who prefer close your eyes and say, I see no color, there are no minorities. Please! The current law does not adequately recognize the harm it causes to public order and individual safety. The sad truth is that hate crimes are a tragic part of American history or was that made up too, next you know, people will say the holocaust never happened, oh wait, they already do.

    Latinos have become the latest targets of hate crimes because they are perceived to be new to the country even if their families have been here for generations, or simply because they are seen as different from the mainstream population. We can not deny Latinos are falling victim to anti-immigrant bias that includes a recurrent preoccupation with “nativism” or is that made up too. According to the FBI, there were 8,380 hate crime offenses (special class crimes) reported in 2005 (the most recent year for which figures are available):
    1,144 offenses were motivated by bias based on ethnicity or national origins, of those 57.7% were anti-Hispanic and 42.3% were anti-other ethnicity/national origin. Hate crimes against African Americas is still remain the highest with 3,200 offenses motivated by by anti-black bias.

    It really is hard to imagine why people somehow think the false perpetuation of a hate crime or the mistaken presumption of a hate crime somehow guts the necessity of preventing such crimes in the first place. Without hate-crimes legislation that makes such a connection between bias and intention explicit, many jurors might not equate a generalized racial/sexual/religious/disability intention to a specific hatred of an individual enemy. Such laws are necessary, not for biased thoughts or words but for criminal actions motivated by bias.

  3. Gravatar Icon marc May 11th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    The truth is that actions are punishable in an objective fashion whereas thoughts and motivations are not. Feelings, no matter how strongly held, do not change the fact that justice is and should remain blind to everything except the facts of the case.

    Preferential treatment should never be given to one group or individual over another. The presumption of equitable treatment under the law is one of the things that separates America from other countries. That principle should never be compromised, no matter how one feels about individual cases.

  4. Gravatar Icon nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez May 13th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    The truth is that actions are punishable in an objective fashion whereas thoughts and motivations are not. Feelings, no matter how strongly held, do not change the fact that justice is and should remain blind to everything except the facts of the case.

    Intent, itself, is not a “fact,” yet it is weighed heavily in all cases in the American justice system. Intent is, by definition, “motivation.” And crimes will certainly be punished more or less in light of it. Hate Crimes are related to the intent of a crime, and the differentiation comes into play when sentencing these, which is based on intent.

    Thus, you are wrong.

    Preferential treatment should never be given to one group or individual over another.

    Amen. But it is. Oh yes, it is. In the form of positive and negative preference. The very genesis of Hate Crimes legislation is to address this reality.

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