No--that is not my definition of a hate crime, but it is an indication of the investigation thus far into any role that race may have played in this crime. Frankly, the crime, as revealed by facts currently known, mystifies me--not because I have excluded race as a factor--but because I do not see any evidence one way or another. Evidence that might support a hate crime might include prior statements--particularly if they had anything to do with going out to kick some white behind, or words to that effect. In essense, if they victim were black--would the actions of the perpetrators be the same or different? Every black on white crime is not a hate crime, just as every white on black crime is not a hate crime. There are in fact crimes motivated by hatred of a group--some physically violent and some more harassing. There is a difference between spray-painting someone's garage, and spray-painting a threat against an ethnic group on the garage of someone belonging to that group. Beating up someone to take their wallet is different than beating up someone because they just came out of a gay bar." No one has been charged with a hate crime. The police have investigated whether the attack was preceded by racist remarks on the part of the victim, but they have dismissed that possibility".
Reader, is that your definition of a hate crime ?
You think racist remarks on the part of the VICTIM make it a hate crime? What about the Perps, they are the ones that would be looked to for making racist remarks before they killed the victim in this case. How did the police determine if the perps made any comments prior to getting out of the car? Hate crimes are thought crimes and how democrats want to punish thought is pathetic. A 23 year old was killed but according to democrats, it was not a hateful act, it was just a beatdown the resulted in good old fashioned murder, not hate.
Frankly, the crime as described currently to my mind has an unexplained motive. Perhaps the primary cause was an objection to being called a "dick" by someone just almost run over. Perhaps drugs or alcohol were an enhancement. Perhaps there was an earlier contact that we don't know anything about yet. Maybe the perps were out cruising for white students (or gays) to beat up on. My only point is that I don't know--ande if others think that they do, I ask that they share what fuels that knowledge.