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Mountain View man charged in Palo Alto hate crime

Original post made on Apr 24, 2013

A man police say described himself as a "white supremacist" allegedly assaulted a black man in downtown Palo Alto last week and has been charged with a hate crime, Cindy Hendrickson, Santa Clara County supervising deputy district attorney said on Tuesday.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hope he gets what he truly deserves ,,,,, to rot in hell.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

>> Barrett is a "three-striker," with two prior prison sentences. He has been charged with a felony because he struck the victim in the head, Hendrickson said.

>> He could have faced 25 years to life in prison if convicted of this offense. But because the current assault is not a "strike" offense, under new sentencing guidelines Henderson estimated Barrett could receive a maximum of 10 to 12 years in prison.


So much wrong with this. First, with someone like this it's a shame to have to wait for three strikes. Second, why is provoking a physical fight and hitting someone in the head NOT a 3-strikes offense? Finally, who could possibly think that this guy deserves to walk around in the public, a timebomb ready to go off at any time?

I feel sorry for anyone who has to be around this guy, even in prison. It certainly sounds like he needs to be isolated from other people for good.

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Posted by Mug Shot
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

Mug shot of this lowlife scum?

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

10-12 years sounds steep for starting a fight/mugging somebody. Punishment should fit the crime.

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Posted by Mug Shot
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

This wasn't a mugging. This was a hate crime.

Matt: are you white?

If so, imagine a non-white accosting you on the street, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF YOUR SKIN, and kicking the s(no)t out of you, just because he is a lowlife, ignorant, bigoted scumbag with absurdly high anger issues.

This wasn't a fight. This was a statement made with physical violence. A statement meant to go beyond the one person he was beating up.


Hate crimes are an established part of the law. Do you disagree with them?

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Posted by saw
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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Bad news: someone had to suffer racial and physical abuse
Good news: he will be put in jail for a very long time. Forever would be good with me but 25 years will do

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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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our tax dollars at work. . .

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Posted by bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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Matt said:
> 10-12 years sounds steep for starting a fight/mugging somebody.

Well, maybe for a first time offender starting a fight, but mugging someone is a different thing.

If you want to discuss something fairly you need to be clear on what you are discussing, not move the target all over the board to mix my metaphors.

The first piece of information was that this guy was a Nazi.
The second that he was a previously violent Nazi.

He was also a third-striker. He also struck the man without provocation and called him a racist name. Now, I am not big on the hate crime thing, being white if someone slugs me, I think it is just as bad as if they slug another guy and call them a name ... but there are occasions where the idea of a hate crime does make sense.

Now do you understand or are you just going to make it into some kind of unrecognizable situation to make it look like this guy is an angel in disguise? I think we should be far less lenient for violent people, and that includes bullies in school or rapists too.

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