I’ve previously supported hate crimes law beacuse they help crack down on racial and political violence. Of course, for hate crimes to actually function that way and not to encourage such violence, the powers-that-be have to actually be against such violence.
I haven’t heard the Obama campaign calling for a hate crimes investigation into this yet:,
Woman Attacked At ATM, Assailant Scratches Letter Into Her Face – Pittsburgh News Story – WTAE Pittsburgh
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim’s car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter “B” into her face, Richard said.
The Tribune reported that Todd, who isn’t familiar with the area, drove to a friend’s house and together the pair located the Citizens Bank ATM at Liberty and Pearl where the attack happened and called police.
Todd declined to comment to the Tribune. Friends said she is in Pittsburgh volunteering for the McCain-Palin campaign.
Richard said the woman refused medical treatment after the assault, which happened outside the view of the bank’s surveillance cameras.
The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.
Barack Obama has previously opposed urban COIN.
Update: The complaint may be false, which brings to mine the Duke LaCrosse scandal. In that, Obama called for an investigation into District Attorney Nifong, but not for any action against the false accuser. I cannot recall McCain’s reaction. It will be interesting to see how behavior around this scandal relates to past behavior.