“When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion,” cnn.com reports deploying UK-caliber understatement. “It was the start of an assault, police said. The second man, who was white, didn’t want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday’s incident.” The video has gone viral. The Justice Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Oh wait. No word on that yet. Maybe even ever. If so, that ain’t right. Anyway, here’s CNN’s blow-by-blow account of the crime . . .
The victim, 43, was commuting home when a young man in a red T-shirt and cap walked up to him. The victim asked not to be named in media reports.
The man asked to use the victim’s cell phone. He declined, and the young man sat down beside him.
“Then he asked me my opinion on the Michael Brown thing,” the victim told KMOV, “and I responded I was too tired to think about it right now.”
The suspect, in his 20s, stood up.
“The next thing I know, he sucker punches me right in the middle of my face,” the victim said. The video showed the suspect unleashing a barrage of punches at the head of the victim, who covered himself with his hand and forearms.
The two other men, also in their 20s, joined in, police said. As the train pulled into a station, a security guard saw part of the beating and alerted police.
The man in the red T-shirt could be seen on video kicking at the victim’s face before the train’s doors opened and the assailants ran out.
Clearly, the Michael Brown shooting ignited racial hatred. The people who fanned the flames – politicians, so-called activists, protestors and race-hustlers bear some moral responsibility for this assault. Not that they’d entertain the idea for a femtosecond. Just for fun let’s see how the mainstream media plays it if, indeed, they do.