Police: Bus stop attack was a hate crime
A woman attacked at a bus stop in St. Paul on Monday was the victim of a hate crime, police said.
Cut in the face with a knife, the woman was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and treated for a laceration. Police said she was not seriously injured.
The suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, approached the victim at a bus stop on the 800 block of Payne Avenue in St. Paul near York Avenue, police said.
He started yelling at her for no apparent reason, used racial slurs and told her to "get out of here," police said. Then he left the scene but came back with a knife and said,"I thought I told you to leave." He then attacked her with a knife, police said.
According to court documents, the suspect has an extensive record.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
First of all, let's note that the neighborhood is in what we would call a "bad part of town". And that's putting it mildly.
Isn't it odd that, other than mentioning "racial slurs", the story never mentions why it's being considered a hate crime? No mention of either person's race at all. Wouldn't any normal person think that that little piece of information might relate to the story?
If you know the StarTribune, it doesn't take much thought to realize exactly who the suspect is: a member of one of their favored minority classes of whom nothing derogatory shall ever be said. If the victim were a white male, I guarantee you that you'd know about it. Mostly because the story would cover half of the front page, rather than a tiny story on page 8 of the "B" section.
On the bright side, the police were allowed to label it a hate crime. That in itself is somewhat amazing when you consider the fact that St. Paul is just slightly to the right of Minneapolis, which is slightly to the Left of Moscow in the heyday of the Soviet Union