Drudge and others linked to the story of two black men beating a man in the head with a hammer in Midway, Florida just miles from where Trayvon Martin was shot a month earlier. The 50 year-old victim is in critical condition after Julius Bender and Yahaziel Israel attacked him in his SUV, dragged him into the woods, and stole his car.
While most of the bigger media outlets covering the case seemingly eraced the victim, the Sanford Herald provided a link to the 911 call in which the caller mentions a white victim and two Hispanic attackers. The Herald had reported on the eyewitness account of the call several days before:
Deputies were called to the area of Beardall Avenue and Lincoln Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a man was being beaten by two other men with blunt instrument. Deputies found the victim, a 50-year-old white male, inside the woods on the north side of Lincoln Street near Beardall Avenue. He was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.
Investigators are searching for two Hispanic males, both approximately 20 years of age. One of the men was 5’8” and wearing blue denim shorts and no shirt. The second man was 5’10.”
I don’t know what to make of the caller stating that the attackers were Hispanic. One of the suspects (Bender) is a light skinned black man; the other (Israel) is pretty dark. Police have said that forensics evidence from the car ties both of the accused men to the crime. That, plus Midway, Florida
is listed as being just over 1% Hispanic, 67% black, and 30% white. My inner cynic tells me that the caller wanted to help the victim but didn’t want to pin the crime on two black men. Of course, take that with a grain of salt.
As seems to be the pattern here, both of the suspects have open Facebook profiles. There isn’t a whole lot to be gleaned from either – no admissions of guilt or other chatter alluding to a crime – but one of the suspects, Israel
, appears to have spent time in prison for battery. Last year, he posted:
Booking No: 201000002066
Name: YAHAZIEL ISRAEL
Arrested By: Seminole County Sheriff`s Office
Arrest Date: 2/18/2010
Account Balance: ($-764.10)
THE CHARGES ARE
ORDER OF TRANSFER (BOND IS CASE LEVEL)
HOLD FOR J.D.C. CANCELLED (SEE EVENTS)
N.I.C. GRAND THEFT
N.I.C. HIT AND RUN LEAVE SCENE OF ACCIDENT
N.I.C. TRESPASS GROUNDS OR FACILITIES OF SCHOOL
no privacy this shit was on google and people ask y we dont get jobs SMH.
The history of grand theft and battery are germane to this case. The last line there is also noteworthy but for other reasons. It fits the prevailing attitude of many in Israel’s demographic that the world – the Illuminati, the Man, or Google – is out to screw up their fortune. To Israel, he can’t get a job because Google exposes him for what he is – a felon. To him, his inability to find a job has nothing to do with his being a violent criminal.
Question: if it’s racist for whites (or white Hispanics) to criminally profile young black men, is it also racist for blacks to victimizationally profile whites? I get the sense that blacks sometimes target whites because they know (or observe) that whites have material items worth stealing and because whites are less likely to fight back. The National Crime Victimization Survey compiled by the Department of Justice
found that in 2008 100% of robberies of blacks that ended in injury were committed by blacks. In the same year 61.6% of whites who were injured during robbery were attacked by whites (though DOJ lumps Hispanics into the white category) while 25.5% were attacked by blacks. This suggests that some blacks racially profile their victims.