Was it a hate crime? A fourth suspect has been charged in the beating death of Richard Daughenbaugh, 40, who was attacked by a mob of teens, who also assaulted witnesses who tried to help.
Katherine Klingseis of the Des Moines Register reported on Friday that "Le'Prese Derrion Williams, 21, of Des Moines was arrested and charged on Friday with first degree murder..." Williams was arrested a mere two years ago for "Intimidation With A Dangerous Weapon" and "Trafficking In Stolen Weapons," yet was not in jail. Instead, he was free to take part in the vicious beating that left a husband and father dead.
In this case, Williams "had also been charged on Aug. 30 with willful injury of a witness who was trying to prevent the assault, according to the release."
Gather reported previously on the details of the horrific attack, reporting that the suspects did not know the victim and there was no robbery.
According to reports, the mob attack on Richard Daughenbaugh started as an "altercation," but no further details were given.
What should be national news has barely made it past the local news in Des Moines, where the beating took place in a parking lot. It is horrific enough that a man was beaten to death, but the fact that so many people were actively involved in the attack makes it even more newsworthy.
The lack of media attention is not surprising, nor is the complete lack of speculation as to whether this murder was racially motivated. It is frustrating that the hate crime designation is endlessly debated in interracial crimes, as long as the victim is not white.
It is reminiscent of what a police officer recently told the mother of a beating victim in New Jersey, "hate crimes don't happen to white people." Is this a common sentiment among law enforcement officials? Is it shared by the mainstream media?
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