Opie and Anthony weigh in
WAFB just announced due to large outcry from public in reference to the crime this thread is about, that BR City Police has changed it's policy about misdemeanor offenders being arrested. All offenders brought to jail. Also the public was asked to have patience because the hate crime is still being investigated!
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on WAFB tonight:
Basically he just spoke with Karin Chawla on the phone. She relayed what he said.
Basically, he was at the gas pump, but of course the gas pump wouldn't work :headbang:, so he had to go to what she termed..'the window.'
While at the window the thugPOS told him that line..you're in the wrong 'hood...the guy said, look i'm just trying to get some gas"...the thugPOS then said..'you're not making it out.."
the guy thought surely he's just joking...then the next thing he knows he thought the guy was walking away but no...that's when the punches started...
they did show a picture of the guy's face from nose up...looked awful...i mean the eye socket..bad shape..of course the broken nose..really bad.
The family did not want their names released just yet. Their attorney said an interview will come at a later time.
I think he's just so beat up right now. He stated his wife has staples in the back of her head.
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The suspect arrested for the attack, Donald Ray Dickerson, has previously been convicted of sex crimes, and has been charged with four counts of armed robbery. He was convicted on three of those counts and sentenced to 10 years total back in the 1990's.
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) -
Three people, including a teenager, were sent to the hospital on Mother's Day after they were attacked at a local gas station. Officials say the incident was unprovoked and do not believe it was a robbery attempt.
Officials say the victims - a 36-year-old male, a 41-year-old female and a 14-year-old female - stopped at a gas station located at the intersection of Scenic and Plank at roughly 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. As the man was pumping gas, he was approached by the suspect.
Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department say the suspect, Donald Ray Dickerson, 41, walked up to the man and said "you're in the wrong neighborhood." Dickerson then began to punch the victim in the face.
The majority wanted to know why the suspect, Donald Ray Dickerson, was not charged with a hate crime given that the victims were white and he stated “you’re in the wrong neighborhood and you’re not going to make it out.”
“Nothing racial was said between the victim and the suspect,” Cpt. Tommy Stubbs, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained. “We have not gotten any information that any racial statements were made and the legal statue is clear; you have to target someone based on race or sex.”
Cpl. Stubbs also provided a new piece of information that was not readily available in the original arrest report.
“The argument began between the victim and the suspect over a pink shirt,” he said. “The victim was wearing a pink shirt and the suspect didn’t like it.”
He noted that it was after that initial confrontation that Dickerson made the statement about being in the wrong neighborhood.
Setting aside the issue of whether or not there should be a charge for a hate crime, many were also concerned regarding the two individuals who were released after being issued a misdemeanor summons. The reason for concern is due to past statements that the agency would process all offenders, whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony.
“That directive came out under Chief Dewayne White,” Cpl. Stubbs said. “Our new police chief has given us discretion on whether or not we book individuals for a misdemeanor offense.
“What that means it that the officer assesses the totality of the issue,” he continued. “For example, if there is a shortage of manpower, the officer may not feel it’s reasonable to book someone for a misdemeanor charge.”
However, some brought up the recent booking of LSU football player Jeremy Hill for the exact same misdemeanor charge.
“I can’t explain why one was booked and the other wasn’t,” Cpl. Stubbs said. “I do not know the thought process investigators used, but the decision they made they are capable of making.”
Finally, some have noted that at least two individuals called for police assistance when the attack occurred. They reported that there were upwards of 20 people involved.
“There were multiple witnesses at the scene,” Cpl. Stubbs said. “But only three of those individuals were suspects and involved in the altercation. If you are someone passing by, it could look like a lot of people were involved.”
Sources close to the family say that the mother is a cancer survivor and the daughter laid on top of her mom to protect her, she was kicked in the head and may have a broken jaw.
This post was edited on 5/15 at 3:13 pm