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9.05.2007

drowning death not a hate crime?

In Chicago, 31-year-old John J. Haley has been charged with first-degree murder in the drowning death of a Vietnamese man who was pushed into Lake Michigan while fishing at Montrose Harbor: Suspect is charged in harbor drowning.

Yesterday, it was thought that Doan Du's death might have been the result of a hate crime. Police are now saying the assault was not a hate crime, but simply a random violent outburst. And the other guy this group picked a fight with that same morning just happened to also be Asian? I'm supposed to believe this was a random attack? Something about this is just plain foul.

It gets really weird when we start learning a little bit about Haley's background. He apparently identifies himself as part of a movement known as SHARP, or Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice, which sounds ridiculous. I guess we can assume that SHARP is not necessarily against violence towards old Asian men who are minding their own damn business.

Haley claims he simply "bumped" Du, but didn't push him. More here: Suspect In Drowning Speaks Out After Release. I'm not buying any of this. Hell, I'll say it anyway: That's racist! Yeah, that's right.