Here is a crime of racist hatred and impunity that slipped under the blogosphere radar. Not that there is a dearth of venomous racist white supremacy crimes. There are plenty. The following The Root article on the rapist who brutally assaulted an innocent defenseless child says volumes:
-This being, John R.K. Howard, was originally charged with using a coat hanger in raping a mentally-challenged young Black male;
-This being, along with teammates and their coach, cheered on the degradation of the young man all the while “Nigger!”, “Watermelon!”, “Chicken eater!” were being screamed at the child;
-The weak, gutless DA who went against his client’s wishes and felt sorry for this being by not pursuing a felony charge of rape and had the charge reduced to injury to a child.
“Deputy Attorney General Casey Hemmer acknowledged during the hearing that Howard’s actions were “egregious” and caused the victim “a lot of suffering,” but then went on to say that it was not a sex crime and that that was why the attorney general’s office reduced charges.
“We don’t believe it’s appropriate for Mr. Howard to suffer the consequences of a sex offender,” Hemmer said. “But he still needs to be held accountable.”
Hemmer agreed with Howard’s attorneys’ claim that the “victim was not at any time pinned down, raped or pinned down and subjected to any sort of forcible penetration,” citing evidence.
When asked by the judge whether prosecutors intended to argue that the attack was racially motivated, Hemmer said no.
“Your honor, based on what we’ve had, no,” he said. “I will say that there are things that we found going around that school and that locker room involving a lot of the parties here that had racial undertones. But it’s not our belief that this was a racially motivated crime. This was more of a vulnerable-victim-motivated crime. I think it probably would have happened to anybody that was in the same kind of circumstances and mental state as the victim here.”
-“Racial undertones.” But, according to the deputy attorney general Casey Hemmer: “it’s not our belief this was a racially motivated crime.” So, what part of “nigger”, “chicken eater”, and “watermelon”, mean if not racist undertones? “Welcome to our Tea Party!”
-The being pleading guilty in a Twin Falls, Idaho, courtroom to injury to a child. According to the news site, Howard will likely be sentenced to two to three years of probation, which he may be able to complete in Texas. Talk about an insulting slap in the face.
–The 19-year-old being will completely avoid prison or jail time for his part in the brutal October 2015 attack of a black, mentally disabled teammate after a football practice at Dietrich High School. According to the Times-News, this being may even ultimately be able to have his conviction dismissed if he completes his probation without any issues and without committing any more crimes.
Despite the court rulings, a $10 million civil lawsuit filed by the victim is being processed through U.S. District Court.
Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24.
White football player accused of raping black, disabled team-mate avoids prison
Prosecutor’s declaration that alleged rape with coat hanger was not sex crime or racially motivated sparks criticism among campaigners against sexual assault
An Idaho prosecutor’s declaration that an alleged rape of a black, mentally disabled football player with a coat hanger by his white team-mate was not a sex crime and was not racially motivated has sparked mounting criticism among campaigners against sexual assault.
John RK Howard was initially charged with felony forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object, but on Friday, the 19-year-old reached a plea bargain that allowed him to plead guilty to a felony count of injury to a child. The deal will allow Howard to avoid prison time unless he violates his probation, the Twin Falls Times-News reported.
The victim’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the high school and school officials, claiming that the school had failed to protect the student from a campaign of racial harassment by other students that culminated in the sexual assault.
The victim was called racial epithets such as “watermelon”, “chicken-eater”, and “nigger”, and Howard taunted the victim with a “Ku Klux Klan” song, the lawsuit alleged.
But during Friday’s hearing, the prosecutor, deputy attorney general Casey Hemmer, played down both the racial and sexual aspects of the crime, according to the Twin Falls Times-News.
Hemmer told the judge that the crime was not a sex crime and that Howard should not be treated as a sex offender, the paper reported. He also stated that his office did not believe that the crime was racially motivated.
R Keith Roark, one of the attorneys representing the victim in the civil case, said: “The plea agreement is an abomination, and the in-court comments of the prosecutor, if accurately reported, reflect a perverse compassion for the perpetrator of a sickening, violent act rather than a concern for the young man whose life has been turned upside down by group violence – which we believe was indeed, at least in part, racially motivated.
“How this can be anything other than a sexual assault is beyond my comprehension, and I have been prosecuting and defending sex crimes for 40 years,” Roark added.
“Deputy Attorney General Hemmer’s actions and statements dehumanizes the young man who was heinously penetrated and fuels and sanctions our culture of sexism, racism, able-ism, domination, aggression, and violence, and in turn, the Office of the Idaho Attorney General is complicit in state-sanctioned sexism, racism, able-ism and violence,” the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence wrote on Facebook.
“Nothing short of a complete retraction by the Attorney General of Hemmer’s outrageous actions and statements and immediate action against Hemmer will be acceptable,” the group added.
A spokesman for the Idaho attorney general’s office declined to comment on the plea or the prosecutor’s statements, citing a gag order imposed by the judge until Howard is sentenced in February 2017.
Lee Schlender, another attorney representing the victim in the civil case, said the victim’s parents were “outraged” by the plea bargain and the statements made by the prosecutor. Schlender said the parents of the victim had not been properly consulted about the plea bargain, and that the victim himself could not approve or disapprove of the deal because he was currently institutionalized.
“The father said he wanted to see these fellas spend some time in prison for what they did,” Schlender said, and referred to the proposed sentence of probation as a “slap on the wrist”.
“To say that this has nothing to do with the fact that he’s one of only one or two black children in the school, and he’s mentally disabled, and he’s the only one that had this happen to him – to say that this doesn’t have to do with race is just incomprehensible,” Schlender said.