Woman attacks 7 people with pepper spray in possible hate crimePosted by Josh Taylor / March 10, 2019
A woman attacked seven people in two Manhattan neighborhoods––Harlem and the Upper West Side––with pepper spray over the span of seventy minutes. Two of the attacks occurred in subway stations. Police spokesperson Detective George Tsourovakas said that the suspect is black and the seven victims were all white. The woman has not yet been identified.
The woman allegedly approached all over her victims without saying a word. The police have declined to state, however, whether they are treating this incident as a hate crime. The incident has all the ingredients of another controversy about race in the United States.
Journalist Andy Ngo has pointed to a number of such false claims of hate crimes on his Twitter feed. Ngo claims that the Southern Poverty Law Center––an organization that has come under fire for its obvious liberal bias––is stoking panic against Trump and Republicans. This could be a political ploy amongst Democrats, a way of bringing attention to causes, or any number of things. Ngo’s Twitter feed compiles a list of hoaxes long enough to convince anyone that these hoaxes are occurring with increasing frequency.
This latest attack, however, inverts the general hate crime formula. We will update you when more information is available.