Buryinging the lede – “Kansas Men” Charged


UPDATE! Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit notes that “Minnesota Men” are also accused of crimes. How should these be reported?

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I’ve never liked the idea that a crime is more important because it is motivated by hate or racial animus.

 I also hate it when folks bury the lede – the important part of the story.

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Two Kansas Men Charged for Attacking Somali Men Because of their Race and National Origin

Omar Cantero Martinez, 31, and Armando Sotelo, 24, both of Dodge City, Kansas, were charged with federal hate crimes for attacking three Somali men because of their race and national origin.  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas made the announcement.

The indictment, which was unsealed today, charges Martinez and Sotelo with three counts of causing bodily injury to a victim because of actual and perceived race and national origin.  The charges are filed under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which criminalizes willfully causing bodily injury to any person because of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The indictment alleges that on June 19, 2015, Martinez and Sotelo caused bodily injury to three Somali men who were lawfully present in the United States and residing in Dodge City.  The attackers are alleged to have used a broken glass bottle in the assault against two of the Somali men. [Emphasis mine. – Dave]

That’s not the entire press release, but the writer included an odd phrase.

“…who were lawfully present in the United States.”

I actually did wonder about that.  Unfortunately we never learn in this release if Martinez and Sotelo are lawfully present in the United States.

From Hutch News:

A federal case is also pending against Omar Martinez for illegal re-entry into the United States after he previously was deported to Mexico.

Several “news” sources omitted that fact, and the press release from the Justice Department ignores that fact as well. Most of the stories refer to Martinez and Sotelo as “Kansas men” or “Dodge City men.”    In fact, most of the news outlets reprinted major parts of the press release verbatim.

 

We were unable to find a picture of the other “Dodge City” men, so I have inserted a file photo of two Dodge City residents.  All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.  Even the guy on the left.

 

 

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4 Responses to Buryinging the lede – “Kansas Men” Charged

  1. crawford421 says:

    The guy on the left was a US Marshal’s sidekick. That’s Chester Proudfoot.

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  2. Paul Krendler says:

    What’s the matter with Kansas?

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    • I don’t think you can blame Martinez on Kansas.

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    • Since they now have concealed carry permits, not too much. Tornados, mostly. They do grow some corn-fed cuties there; I find the women of Kansas are, by and large, quite attractive.

      Did you hear? Silencers are now legal in Iowa, subject to the Federal tax stamp. Big news for my remaining relatives, there. One of my brother-in-laws was on the phone with me, reviewing the procedures to get one, last week.

      For a shotgun. There is only one maker of those, if I am not mistaken.

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