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April 19, 2006 - 9:55 am

The black teens involved in robbing and chasing a white NYU student into an oncoming car are to be a href=”http://www.silive.com/newsflash/metro/index.ssf?/base/news-17/1145050161235910.xmlstorylist=simetro”tried as juveniles/a rather than adults. What does this mean?br /br /blockquoteThe effect of the transfer is that the teens, who faced nine years to life in prison if they had been convicted as adults, now face a maximum initial sentence of five years “restrictive placement” if convicted in Family Court, said Larry Busching, head of the city Law Department’s Family Court Division./blockquotebr /br /In commentary from a href=”http://mensnewsdaily.com/2006/04/18/no-justice-for-white-nyu-student-killed-by-black-teens/”emMens News Daily/em/a, Jim Kouri describes how black-on-white crime is rarely recorded as a hate crime:br /br /blockquoteOne NYPD police officer said, on condition of anonymity, “This is a travesty. These street punks are getting a slap on the wrist. They did complete a felony — assault — when they grabbed the student and punched him. They just didn’t want to throw the book at these kids.”br /br /He also said, “They didn’t want to charge them with a bias crime because they don’t want the [crime] stats to show a black-on-white bias crime. You can be sure if the roles were reversed — if it were a white-on-black incident — it would have been treated as a bias crime,” he said. /blockquotebr /br /So, when you see ludicrous posters a href=”http://larry-bernard.blogspot.com/2006/04/images-from-university-campus.html”like this /awhich state absurdities such as “80% of all hate crimes are committed by straight white men under 23,” just remember all the victims like Broderick Hehman, the 20-year-old NYU student, who never got a chance to tell his side of the story.

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