Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo Calls For Hate Crimes Charges Against The 33 Black Denver Gangbangers Who Assaulted Whites
Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, who ran unsuccessfully for President in 2008, despises hate crimes laws. But he's even more outraged that the 33 black gangbangers arrested in Denver for targeting and assaulting whites simply because they were white haven't been charged with hate crimes. That's why he's now calling for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey to levy hate crime charges against the perpetrators, according to the Westword Denver News blog.
"I personally do not believe in hate crime laws," Tancredo announced. "But if that law is used against some racial and ethnic groups, it should be applied equally to all groups. According to police Chief Whitman, the assaults in this case were all racially motivated against white and Hispanics, so that clearly falls within the definition of a 'hate crime.'"
Tancredo also noted that Morrissey had declined to invoke the hate-crime statute in the case of Lilian Verdonkschot, a 53-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run in late May at the Broadway Burger King, even though witnesses (including Verdonkschot's daughter) say that her accused killer, Nadine Montoya, threatened to kill the "stupid white bitches." That's an account that comes directly from this Westword story by Jared Jacang Maher.
"What is Morrissey waiting for?" Tancredo asked. "This new case of the black gangs seeking out and targeting white and Hispanic victims is a no-brainer. Either the city of Denver will enforce hate crimes laws fairly or people will conclude that some victims have fewer rights than other victims. If that's the case, those laws should be repealed."
You can rest assured Tom Tancredo knows what's really going on. That's why he had the strongest immigration reform position of all the 2008 Republican Presidential candidates. He's not one of us, but he comes closer than most.