A mob of black teens surrounded Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami in their vehicle as they stopped at a red light four blocks from their jobs, as reporters for The Virginian-Pilot. Rostami locked her door and one of the teens threw a rock at her window. That is when Forster jumped out of the car to confront the rock thrower. Bad idea. He was descended upon by the mob and beaten. Rostami attempted to pull him back into the vehicle when someone grabbed her hair and punched her head. She pulled back, after receiving a "bloody scratch on the surface of her eye", as reported by the Virginian-Pilot.
She called 911 and could not get through until the third time, when she just screamed, "Church and Brambleton," which was the intersection where the couple was attacked. The horrifying experience fortunately did not cause life-threatening injuries. However, they were both out of work for a week and imagine how they feel just walking down the street now? What type of emotional trauma does an experience like this cause?
How Did the Police and Local Media Respond?
The police arrived and did not take information from witnesses who came forward. "The responding officer coded the incident as a simple assault, despite their assertions that at least 30 people had participated in the attack." The story continues to say that the police told the couple that the attackers were "probably juveniles" and this is just what they do on the weekends. The police officer said, "What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?"
The following day, Forster checked Twitter to see if there was mention of the attack. He found it.
"I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person.
"I don't," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"
The incident was not reported until two weeks later, where it got attention, thankfully, from Bill O'Reilly, who was critical of the police response. The editor of the paper said that the story got "blown out of proportion" and that it was a "street altercation and not a mob attack". He continued to say that there was "no evidence that it was a racial attack" despite the police report saying that it appeared to be a racially biased attack. A reporter for Fox News found witnesses who seemed to back the "mob attack" claim, as well as the "racially biased" claim.
This callousness from the police and media is reminiscent of a story about Nick Stokes, a man who was pulled out of his truck and stabbed by a black motorcycle gang in broad daylight. The police in his case initially shrugged off his complaint, stating that they "don't mess" with the gang. His story was barely covered, not even by local media who initially said that it was not "newsworthy" until the American Thinker found the story and "shamed" them into reporting it (while actually criticizing "conservative bloggers" in the story!) No arrests seem to have been made in that case, either.
The couple has received death threats since the incident and have been forced to hire security. The couple filed a formal complaint have against one of the officers. Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has decided not to get involved in the investigation. When a mob of black teens beats up a couple, just minding their own business, it is newsworthy and it should be investigated. A 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the crime.
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