by Amaury Nora
Three swastikas and an anti-Semitic manifesto were found outside Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss’ Sherman Oaks office. The three swastikas were printed on 8Â½ by 11 paper and were taped to the front door of the building. On a separate piece of paper there was a short manifesto. According to the Los Angeles Times the manifesto read:
“We have no time to listen to Jewish American children!!! If you don’t believe us, just try talking to us.” Then there is an obscene reference to “a homoerotic cop” and what that cop should do to Weiss. It concludes “Heil Weiss!”
x-posted on Para Justicia y Libertad
The photos below are what councilmanâ€™s staff spotted glued on his front doors. One flyer was written in German and the other was written in English.
According to ABC 7, Police say they have a good idea who did it, but are not releasing that information yet. Capt. Jim Miller, LAPD:
“We have located a witness who observed someone about 6 a.m. this morning posting these materials. Based on that description, and some other incidents that have occurred involving the council office in the previous days, we believe we have identified the suspect in the case and we’re working further towards his apprehension.”
This was obvious a hate targeted at Weiss, not only because he is Jewish but also because of his strong ties to the Jewish community. As hate crimes are suddenly becoming a national past-time, the Great Decider decided to veto the expansion of the hate-crime law, stating that “his senior advisors” are recommending that he veto the bill. Sadly, the House vote fell short of the two-thirds majority that would be necessary to enact the bill over Bush’s veto.
In the Senate, the expansion of the bill is named after Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student whose fatal 1998 beating helped inspire the legislation. Shepard’s parents were among those who have lobbied for the bill’s passage.
Also spurring the measure were other high-profile incidents, including the 1999 shooting attack on a Jewish community center in the San Fernando Valley by a white supremacist.
The bill would have expanded the definition of a hate crime, which would have broaden the federal authority to aid state and local law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes motivated by race, religion, national origin and color, as well as sexual orientation, gender and disability.
David Tuck, 18, a neo-Nazi roughneck with a reputation for racist outbursts, confronted the Latino teen, with whom he had previously consumed a cocktail of vodka, marijuana, cocaine and Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety medication, and dragged him outside. With the assistance of his friend Robert Turner, 17, Tuck then commenced a four- to five-hour beating in which the victim was stripped, kicked with steel-toed boots, and severely sodomized with a patio-umbrella pole. Finally, Tuck and Turner stood their victim against a fence and poured bleach all over his body. According to prosecutors, Tuck at one point also attempted to slash something into the semi-conscious victim’s chest and burned him with cigarettes. Witnesses say Tuck yelled ethnic slurs and shouted, “White power!” during the attack.
In fact, it was because this case that Congress decided to expand the hate crimes law. The federal government was unable to use existing hate crime laws to prosecute his attackers because the assault took place on private property. Now that Bush vetoed the bill, it sends a clear message to every xenophobic white supremacist nut case that they are allowed to beat their victim in their home because the federal government won’t be able touch them.
This just illustrates that this country has little regard in provide any type of justice to counter not only the rising tide of anti-Hispanic hatred, but the rising number violent hate crimes throughout this country.