New York City detective investigating the weekend beating of a White man by a gang of African-American men have refused to open a hate crime investigation into the case, despite the attackers having used anti-White racist epithets during the attack.
“They have to look at whether that was the motivation before the robbery,” a police source familiar with the investigation told The New York Daily News.
29-year-old Jason Fordell of the Bronx was travelling home on Sunday morning at 5am from an East Village nightclub where he sells hand-made custom-made leather goods. Some of the African-American and Hispanic passengers on the train did not take kindly to his Gothic outfit and began harassing him, using anti-White racial slurs.
The New York Daily News reports things got much worse for Fordell when he transferred to an uptown-bound Number 4 train at 42nd Street:
After Fordell transferred to a crowded 4 train at 42nd St., four young, Black men began harassing him, cops said.
“People started saying stupid little comments – cracker this, White boy this, f—-t this,” Fordell said. “I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me.”
“I’m a small, little White kid with long hair,” he added. “They got guys three times my size threatening me.”
As the train continued into the Bronx, the confrontation became physical, he said.
“I was in a headlock, punched and kicked on the floor,” Fordell said.
Then a passenger decided to join in – declaring, “Oh, I get a few shots, too,” before kicking and punching Fordell in the head, according to cops.
When Fordell finally left the train at his Fordham Road stop, his original attackers snatched his bag and ran. Inside was $2,900 worth of merchandise, cops said.
Fordell chased the men to the token booth downstairs, where two of them pummeled him while the others escaped with the bag.
By the time the cops showed up, all four attackers had fled. But Fordell pointed out the straphanger who had joined in the beating and police arrested 54-year-old Barminthe Ramoutar of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and charged him with felony gang assault and robbery.
Fordell admitted to local television news outlet WPIX-TV that he also used racial epithets at his attackers, but only after they started beating on him.
“They’re the ones who started with me,” Fordell said when questioned by his case should be investigated as a hate crime. “If I was dressed ‘hip hop’ and I was darker, I don’t think it would have happened in the first place.”
Despite the fact that the Black and Hispanic men targeted Fordell because of his goth clothing, a style popular mostly with White youth, and used anti-White racial slurs before and during the attack, a spokeswoman for the NYPD told WPIX-TV that the Hate Crimes Task Force is not investigating the matter as a bias incident because they detectives determined that race was not a motivating factor in the attack.
Fordell was bleeding from his head, a severly swollen black eye, and footprints on his back and neck from where the Black assailants stomped him. He was also urinating blood for some time. He was treated and released from Montefiore Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.