does making a threat.... 5 replies, 12503 views

8/29/2005 5:35:00 PM
against a handicapped person constitute a hate crime (because they are a minority)?.....this stems from a squabble between the band Byzantine and a tour promoter (the handicapped fella) who kicked them off a tour for no reason. The tour promoter decided to start whining about hate crimes when byzantine said people should take a baseball bat to him....and he then threatened to go to the "authorities".
8/29/2005 5:42:00 PM
if thats true, xbox could take half this site to court.
8/29/2005 5:43:00 PM
he didnt specify....but in the "threat" that was mentioned, there was no mention of him being handicapped, no address...basically no specifics. just a general "if you see him, kick his ass". he was the one who brought up mention of his handicap, and was going to use it to his advantage, it seemed.
nick danger
8/29/2005 5:43:00 PM
It would be a hate crime because authorities know what you are thinking and can prove it and punish you for it.

And yeah, it could be played off that way easily.
8/29/2005 5:47:00 PM
you have to proove that you commited the crime directly because of ther persons disability/race mathew shepard was targeted because he was gay. but jamal johnson who robs a store, cant say he was arrested for a hate crime just becasue he was picked up by a white cop. he could try but he probably wont win the case, its very hard to proove hate crimes.
8/29/2005 5:52:00 PM
i doubt he has anything to prove it....other than the threat written on an internet site. but without specifics and no crime committed, i couldnt see how he could claim that.
plus, using his handicap to make the threat seem even more severe deserves a beatdown. here's the story, by the wayclick here for link