WJW Channel 8 news video embedded below:
The St. Rocco's Festival is an annual event which takes place on the west side of Cleveland, considered the safer part of the city. Yet on Saturday September 5th, it wasn't safe enough for Justin Winemiller. Upon leaving the festival, he was jumped by an estimated 20 black teenage thugs just north of the church, at Fulton Road and Trent Avenue. The thugs are not believed to be from the neighborhood, but from either the east or south side of town. Their motive for the attack reportedly was the thrill of beating him unconscious and capturing it on tape. Winemiller, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, told WJW that they jumped him from behind, "they threw me up against the wall and while they were kicking me, someone was recording the whole attack, someone was spinning around, making sure they got every angle of me getting kicked and me getting thrown to the ground."
Fortunately, for Winemiller's sake, Cleveland Police Officer Gregory Kwan, who was working security at the festival, saw what was happening to Winemiller and came to his aid. He confronted the black teens, who were so consumed in their simian savagery that Kwan had to repeatedly mace AND taser them to stop the attack and eventually drive them away. Kwan then called for medical assistance, and Winemiller was eventually transported to Metro Health Medical Center.
Upon their arrival at the Center, Winemiller's parents found that Justin was covered in blood from head to toe; he had it in his ears and in his nose. Justin now has stitches in my head, a possible broken jaw, bruises to his neck and ribs and chipped teeth, and shoe prints all over his body. He may have even suffered a mild concussion. It is now believed that the intervention of Officer Kwan may have saved Justin's life.
Justin Winemiller's sister posted the following comment in the Plain Dealer blog:
Posted by swcalibound on 09/09/09 at 10:21AM
I am Justin's sister and yes, every single one of the attackers was black. I am not a prejudice or racist person by any means, but I find it ridiculous that this is not being considered a hate crime. Why is it that racism is one sided? Only white people can be racist...that's ridiculous. That's not what was meant to come from the Civil Rights movement. Everyone was supposed to be equal, but apparently that doesn't apply and that saddens me...
In response to criticism for not reporting the race of the attackers, one of the Plain Dealer editors posted the following comment:
Posted by jkroll on 09/09/09 at 11:42AM
From the editors:
Plain Dealer Metro Editor Chris Quinn provided this response to questions asked above:
I want to correct incorrect statements being made in comments for this story.
The Plain Dealer, as a matter of policy, does not include descriptions of crime suspects unless they include enough specifics for the community to help police make identifications. Generally, that means height, weight, clothing, race, gender, tattoos and the like. In the case of the beating, specific descriptions of suspects were not available except for one person, a juvenile identified by name in the police report. The Plain Dealer does not name juvenile crime suspects unless they are arrested and charged as adults.
Nothing in the police report indicates that the beatings were race-motivated hate crimes.
That being the case, we're going to limit comments related to alleged racial motives on this post from this point on.
Director of Training and Digital Development
The Plain Dealer
What Mr. Kroll fails to explain is how the public is supposed to help the police find the perps if the public is not given a general description.
Natallnews reports that National Alliance Chairman Erich Gliebe, who continues to make his home in Cleveland, attended the festival the night before and observed first hand the numerous Black and Latino gangs swarming the festival. In fact, he reported more non-White gang violence on the night he was there. Interestingly, in the area in front of St. Rocco's Church where Chairman Gliebe was sitting, the police chased everyone away except him, as he was the only White person there and obviously not causing any problems. Discussion also taking place on Stormfront.
Here's a Cleveland "tourism" video that the Cleveland Board of Tourism was reportedly unhappy with:
Now who do you suppose made Cleveland the way it is today?