JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville high school student was recently beaten and battered at school by three students he said he didn’t even know.
Witnesses to the attack told police Forrest High School sophomore Karl Koch Jr. was targeted because of the color of his skin.”They started closing in, and all I remember is getting hit,” Koch said.
Koch’s wrist was shattered and six screws and a plate now hold it together. He also has nine stitches above his right eye.
Two 15-year-old students and one 17-year-old student were taken into police custody and charged with aggravated battery in connection to the attack.”I just seen them around school a few times and never really talked to them,” Koch said.According to the police report, one of the suspects said, “Look at the white boy, he looks like a victim,” before punching Koch in the eye.The report states all three attackers began kicking Koch and then laughed and ran away from the scene.”It seems like he was picked out just because was the only white boy in the crowd,” said the victim’s father, Karl Koch Sr.He said when he arrived at the school paramedics had already put his son in an ambulance.”When I got to ambulance, it was a whole different story. His eye was split open, there was blood everywhere,” said Koch Sr.The Koch family said they said they hope the three students responsible get what they deserve.”I want to see them get the penalty — the stiff penalty — for this and what they did to my boy,” said Koch.A school district official said the three students arrested could be expelled, but said the school board would decide on a punishment.
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How on earth did driver of speedboat that killed our son get off scot-free?
Last updated at 01:01am on 27th April 2008
After six years of tireless campaigning for justice for their dead child, it was a crushing moment simply too much to bear.
Paul and Andrea Gallagher had invested their hearts, souls and £50,000 life savings in a fight to bring a manslaughter case against the three men they hold responsible for the death of their son, Paul Jnr.
The two-year-old died from terrible head injuries during what should have been a dream trip for the family to the Bahamas after an out-of-control speedboat ploughed across a crowded beach.
But last week, in a stuffy and crowded courtroom in the Bahamian capital of Nassau, the Gallaghers’ world collapsed.
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Three-quarters of the way through a two-week manslaughter trial against the boat’s driver James Bain and its owners Clifford Nottage and Evangeless Williamson, Supreme Court Judge Elliot Lockhart abruptly dismissed the case against them.
He ruled there was insufficient evidence of negligence, even though the boat had been unlicensed, had no insurance and Bain had traces of marijuana in his blood – all clear breaches of Bahamian law.
The couple, from Orpington, Kent, screamed in horror as the judge brought the proceedings to an end.
Mrs Gallagher broke down and wept while her husband shouted at the three defendants and had to be ushered from the building.
“It was like a physical blow,” Andrea said yesterday. “I was stunned. I started shaking and collapsed to the floor, crying.
“The last bit of strength I had mustered up to enable me to come to the courtroom, to face them, was knocked out. I literally had no energy left to hold myself up.
“We thought it was an open and shut case. We wanted justice, but also to make the beaches of the Bahamas safer for other holidaymakers.
“Now the judge has given out a firm message – you can break Bahamian law and get away with it.”
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The Gallaghers were told there was no right of appeal and that the struggle that had consumed their lives since the day Paul was killed during a £10,000 ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ holiday in August 2002 had ended without a satisfactory resolution.
“‘We have come back to the Bahamas several times for inquests, police investigations and preliminary hearings,” added Andrea, 41.
“But this time we hoped we would get justice from a jury. We both found it hard to leave our two other children, Heather and Andrew, at home.
“But we felt we had to return to the place where their brother died to fight for justice to honour his memory.
“We were filled with anticipation, hope even. But as we got off the plane, memories of that holiday came flooding back to me – little Paul digging in the sand, then, after the boat hit, our baby lying on the beach with a big chunk of his skull missing – the sand red with his blood.”
Now they are left with a bitter feeling that after struggling to bring the case to court – but winning support from Tony Blair, then-Foreign Office Minister Baroness Symons and a Scotland Yard investigation – they are the victims of a terrible miscarriage of justice.
“We didn’t expect it at all,” said Paul, 43. “Even though I thought throughout that the judge seemed more sympathetic to the defence, we still thought the ultimate decision would be in the hands of the jury.
“Even if the jury had decided against us, we would have been able to accept it. But by ruling that there was no case to answer, the judge took that away from us.
“Now it is almost as though we have had no trial. We feel as if we have been through all this for nothing.”
The couple both gave evidence on the first day of the trial, two weeks ago. Andrea was in the witness box for two hours.
She said: “It was horrendous. The defence accused me of being a bitter woman waging a vendetta. All I could do was tell the truth – that I am a mother trying to do the right thing for her son.”
The Gallaghers realised the odds were stacked against them right from the start of the hearing when evidence that would have helped their case was ruled inadmissible.
On the last day of the prosecution case, on Thursday, defence counsel J. Henry Bostwick QC asked the judge to rule there was “no case to answer”, claiming the prosecution had shown no evidence of negligence – and that the safety of people on the beach at a private resort could not in Bahamian law be regarded as the responsibility of the boat’s driver.
The judge ruled that Mr Bostwick was correct and that, in effect, the tragedy fell into a legal black hole.
Paul said: “If Bain had been driving a car which had mounted a pavement and hit little Paul, he would have been punished.
“That boat was a powerful machine – 200 horsepower – and Bain had no skipper’s licence or insurance and was under the influence of cannabis.
“How can he not be responsible? The men we know are responsible for the death of our son have got off scot-free.”
Andrea added: “I certainly never want to set foot on that island again. But I do think our fight has been worthwhile. We may not have got the verdict we wanted, but we have achieved a hell of a lot.
“Since Paul died, new water safety laws have been brought in to make the Bahamas safer. Now we can only pray the new laws are upheld and no family will ever have to suffer the way we have.
“This has cost us everything: our life savings, our business and our peace of mind. But we felt the authorities wanted to sweep Paul’s death under the carpet to protect their tourist industry from bad publicity.
“We may not have got justice, but no one can say that we did not try our hardest for little Paul.”
A King County judge today set bail at $1 million for a 24-year-old nursing assistant who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of beating and strangling a 75-year-old woman after she left a Federal Way nursing home last month.
Joseph Njonge, of Kent, who has no criminal history, worked for nearly a year as a certified nursing assistant at Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, where Jane Britt’s body was found in the trunk of her car on March 19. She had visited her husband, who lives at the nursing home.
Njonge was arrested after the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory notified Federal Way police that it had matched his DNA to that found on Britt’s body. He was booked in the King County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder and robbery.
Njonge is scheduled to return to King County Superior Court Tuesday, said Pro Tem Judge Karli Jorgensen. MORE>>>
http://www.libreopinion.com/members/standarteslc/race05.htmlApproximately 34 million acts were committed in the U.S. in 1992–about 94,000 crimes daily. This is a Justice Department estimate. We don’t know the exact number, because many, if not most, crimes are not reported. We do know, however, that the national crime rate-crimes per capita-has tripled over the past 30 years, and at least 71 percent of all violent crimes involve some kind of economic loss.
Distorted Statistics Prior to 1986, Hispanics were classified as a distinct and separate racial group. Not anymore. The FBI and U.S. Census Bureau no longer distinguish between Hispanics (who are actually Spanish speaking Indians for the most part) and Whites; their crimes are lumped together in one ethnic pot. The 22,354,059 Hispanics living in the U.S. do not exist, at least not in the ethnic sense when it comes to the FBI compiling criminal statistics for mainstream and news organizations. Included by the FBI as “WHITES” is not only Hispanics, but also West Asians, Jews, Middle Easterners, North Africans, Iranians, Iraquis, Libyans, Palestinians, and refugees from the former Soviet Union. The question that immediately comes to mind is: “Why would the FBI and the U.S. Census Bureau classify persons of Hispanic origin as being white?” The answer might surprise you. The FBI and the U.S. Census Bureau, along with mainstream media purposely distort criminal statistics and conveniently classify Mexican-Americans as white because they do not want the American public to know the truth–that Blacks are responsible for committing the vast majority of crimes here in the United States. For example, in 1993, there were 20,343 Americans murdered: Blacks, who compromise 12 percent of the U.S. population, committed 11,686 or a whopping 58 percent of those murders. The black murder rate was 38.8 per 100,000. Based on their murder rate in 1986, Hispanics committed an estimated 2,242 murders in 1993. This is 10.7 per 100,000. 76 percent of the U.S. is White (European-American) and they committed only 29.5 percent of the murders. On the other hand, Black and Hispanic minorities combined constitute 21 percent of the population, yet they committed a staggering 68.7 percent of the murders in the U.S. during 1993. This means, on a per capita basis, a Black person is 12.3 times as likely to commit murder as a White person. Since this information is not deemed “politically correct” and would perhaps offend the black segment of society, it is offset by falsely inflating the per capita basis for whites by backhandedly including Hispanics and other ethnic groups.
Here are some more shocking statistics:
More than 1,600 Whites are murdered by Blacks each year.
Blacks murder Whites at 18 times the rate Whites murder Blacks.
About 1 million Whites were murdered, robbed, assaulted, or raped by Blacks in 1992.
In the last 30 years, 170 million violent and nonviolent crimes were committed by Blacks against Whites in the U.S.
Blacks under 18 are more than 12 times more likely to be arrested for murder than Whites the same age.
Some 90% of the victims of race crimes are Whites.
Blacks commit 7.5 times more violent interracial crimes than Whites, although they comprise only one-seventh of the White population.
On a per-capita basis, blacks commit 50 times more violent crimes than Whites.
Some 27 million nonviolent crimes were committed in the U.S. in 1992 alone. 31% of the robberies involved Black offenders and White victims; only 2% involved White offenders and Black victims.
1.3 million of the 6.6 million violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year are interracial.
Between 1964 and 1994, more than 45,000 people were killed in interracial murders in the U.S., compared to 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam and 38,000 killed in Korea.
The above stats were collected by an Australian reporter, Neil Sheehan, who dug out half-concealed U.S. crime figures for an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (May 2, 1995). The contents of his article, he commented, could not possibly be published or discussed in the U.S. mainstream media. One wonders how many Whites have to be killed by Blacks before the N.Y. Times and Dan Rather break the conspiratorial silence about the number of White casualties in the guerrilla war being waged against them by Blacks. Paved With Good Intentions, a book by Jared Taylor, also studies crime statistics by race. It must be stressed that Blacks make up only 12% of the population according to the 1990 U.S. census (and Black males about 6%), but they commit a vastly disproportionate number of violent crime. Mr. Taylor reveals: 1) 58% of all arrests for weapons violations are Blacks. 2) 46% of all arrests for violent crimes are Blacks. 3) 73% of all “justified self-defense” killings are committed by Blacks. 4) 60.5% of all Blacks are armed with some type of weapon at all times. 5) 98% of all youths arrested for gun fights in Atlanta are Blacks.
In 1989, the FBI reported the following:
A) Blacks commit 8 times more assaults than Whites. B) Blacks commit 9 times more rapes than Whites. C) Blacks commit 14 times more murders than Whites. D) Blacks commit 19 times more armed robberies. E) Black neighborhoods are 35 times more violent than White neighborhoods. F) There were 629,000 interracial attacks committed in 1985 (the last year the FBI “chose” to report this information). Some nine out of every ten were committed by Blacks against Whites. G. Black males (6% of the population) make up 46% of the nation’s prison population.
It can be seen that in only one category of crimes, driving under the influence, are Blacks actually underrepresented, and even this is only by one percent. Perhaps this statistic can best be explained by the fact that Blacks own fewer cars than do Whites percentage-wise. It can further be seen that overall, Blacks are committing 2 1/2 times the amount of crimes percentage-wise as their population in America and as far as violent crimes are concerned, they are committing almost four times as much as their population percentage-wise. As far as murders go, Blacks are committing almost five times as many as their population percentage-wise. Why isn’t this ever reported on the news? Furthermore, it must be pointed out once again that many crimes go unsolved or are unreported, particularly those involving random acts. Therefore, the number of crimes that Blacks and Hispanics are committing may actually be much higher.
Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, is watches Orange County District Attorney General Jim Woodall speak during his first appearance in Hillsborough, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2008. Lovette is charged with first degree murder and held without bond in the murder of North Carolina University student body president Eve Carson. Lovette was also charged today of first degree murder for Abhijit Mahato, a doctoral student at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iU3IVnyNBpy8ooTN4OutE2rKG1pgD8VE2QCG0DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Whenever there’s been a crack to fall through in North Carolina’s legal system, Laurence Lovette and Demario Atwater have found it.
The high school dropouts were convicted of crimes but put back on the street by a system that failed to notice when they were arrested again.
Both are now behind bars, held without bail and charged with murdering two college students.
“We’ve got a lot of kids out there who have a sense of helplessness, with a propensity for violence,” said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez. “We need to look at the reasons our youth are doing this.”
Lovette, 17, is accused in the slaying of a graduate student at the Duke University, and he and Atwater, 21, are charged in the death of the University of North Carolina student body president.
A third defendant, 19-year-old Stephen Oates, was arrested a few days after the Duke student’s death and charged with murder and more than a dozen robberies. His next court appearance is set for Monday.
Abhijit Mahato, a doctoral student in computational mechanics at Duke, was found in his apartment a few blocks off campus in January. His autopsy said the 29-year-old from Tatangar, India, was shot at point-blank range in the forehead as a pillow was held tightly against his face. His wallet, cell phone and iPod were missing.
Eve Carson was also shot in the head, once in the right temple, her wallet and keys missing. Her body was found March 5 in the middle of a residential street in Chapel Hill about a mile from the North Carolina campus. The death of the student body president sparked a widespread outpouring of grief that led thousands to gather for two campus memorial services the day her body was identified.
The tragedies have brought together two renowned centers of academic excellence separated by just eight miles and defined most often by their fierce rivalry on the basketball court.
Atwater and Lovette were both students at Durham’s Charles E. Jordan High, a school with a diverse student body and test scores that exceed the state and national average. The school produces success stories: Last week, a senior from Jordan won a $100,000 scholarship in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.
Atwater left in 2002; Lovette dropped out sometime last year. After pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny and breaking and entering for crimes committed last November, Lovette received a two-year suspended sentence and was placed on probation Jan. 16.
Prosecutors believe he and Oates killed Mahato two days later. In the six weeks that followed, authorities in Durham arrested Lovette several times and charged him with nine different crimes, including burglary, car theft, breaking and entering, and resisting arrest. He was released after each arrest.
“I’m not going to second guess what a judge or a prosecutor in another district did,” said Jim Woodall, the prosecutor in neighboring Orange County, where Carson was killed. “It’s a tough job. You have to make hundreds of judgment calls every day. Nobody has a crystal ball.”
The state Department of Correction said efforts to revoke Lovette’s probation hadn’t begun because he had been on probation for such a short time. Robert Lee Guy, director of the state Division of Community Corrections, said probation officers don’t automatically receive information alerting them when one of their charges pleads guilty or is convicted of another crime.
But Guy said the state is investigating Atwater’s case. Convicted in 2005 of breaking and entering, he violated his probation last June when he was convicted — and sentenced again to probation — on a gun charge. It wasn’t until last month that he was served with a probation violation warrant.
Atwater’s court appearance on the probation violation was March 3 — two days before Carson’s death. The case was assigned to the wrong courtroom, Guy said, and rescheduled for later this month. Atwater was also supposed to be under a stricter form of probation that required him to meet weekly with his probation officer, Guy said.
“Most of the time those reviews take place and everything looks above board,” Guy said. “The rarities (are) like this case. … Most of them are not the tragedy of this nature, when you take someone’s life.”
Guy said he can’t speculate whether Carson’s slaying could have been avoided if the system had worked as intended, but he acknowledges: “I think that’s the million-dollar question on everybody’s mind.”
Should either Lovette or Atwater be convicted of first-degree murder, they could fall through one final crack: neither is likely to face a death sentence.
For Lovette, it’s a guarantee. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of people under 18. For Atwater, it might as well be; since North Carolina resumed executions in 1984 after a break of more than two decades, jurors in Orange County haven’t sentenced anyone to death.
“There are a lot of people who are against the death penalty in Orange County, and there isn’t anything wrong with that,” said Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who unsuccessfully sought execution in about three dozen cases during his 20 years as the county’s district attorney. “A significant part of the population really aren’t firm believers in the death penalty.”
http://www.newsnet14.com/2008/03/14/black-teens-try-to-rob-police-station/#more-9258PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Two teenage boys are in big trouble after police said that they tried to rob a South Florida police station. “You know what, this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Rob Vega said.Vega told WPBF News 25 that the two boys, ages 12 and 14, walked into the lobby of a regional station around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money from an aide behind the glass enclosure.
Vega said the 12-year-old hid one hand under his jacket as if he had a gun. Another aide ran into the back screaming for help.
Within minutes, a half dozen officers, some with guns drawn, burst into the lobby and arrested the boys.
“In all my time here, whoever would have thought that someone would come to a police department and attempt to rob it. It’s unbelievable. It’s lucky that they’re only going to jail and not to the morgue,” Vega told WPBF.
Both boys have been charged with attempted armed robbery. The 14-year-old was also charged with violating his probation. MORE>>>
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