So here’s another crime you likely won’t hear much about.
In San Jose, California, on Wednesday, prosecutors charged six men as being part of an organized crime ring that committed more than 70 robberies, burglaries, thefts, and other assorted crimes in the San Francisco area.
The charges were the culmination of a year-long investigation, according to authorities. In a press release, city police described the crew as “prolific,” and added that the “apprehensions of these dangerous individuals” also led police to confiscate several guns.
The suspects specifically targeted Asian women, said police, noting that “Asian females were frequently the targeted victims and many were injured during the robberies.”
Accordingly, they were charged with hate crimes. Prosecutors maintained that the evidence showed “ethnic slurs were allegedly used against some of the women,” and that the alleged robbers “targeted Asian women because they believed [Asians] ‘don’t use banks’ and would be carrying cash,” according to the website SFist.com.
In the press release, the Police Department said it wanted “to send a strong message to our AAPI [Asian-American Pacific Islander] community members: Criminals who wish to target you because of your ethnicity, or your gender, will be met with the tenacity of the finest police officers, detectives, and attorneys in the nation, and this case is a great example of that.
“We are sensitive to the hate aspect targeting Asian females,” San Jose police Chief Anthony Mata said, adding that the suspects were “predators.”
“I commend District Attorney Jeff Rosen for pursuing hate crime enhancements,” Mata said.
Now, the reason you won’t hear much about this is that all six suspects are black.
The evidence for that: while there were a slew of stories in the local media about the arrests, and even one in an outlet called The Switzerland Times, a Google search of the terms “San Jose,” “robbery,” and “Asian,” yielded only one response from the national media.
That came from The Daily Beast – which offered a two-paragraph recap of the arrests, which noted “the gang allegedly targeted Asian Americans,” but which did not mention the race of the suspects.
Imagine the media reaction if the suspects had been white.
Instead, from the media, we get a replay of blackout of the Waukesha tragedy – which has fallen so far of the national media’s radar that not even first lady Jill Biden’s visit this week could rekindle interest in the murder of a half-dozen people.
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