WWII vet beaten to death in Spokane

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    http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/23/us/world-war-vet-beating-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    "An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.

    The motive? Police don't have one. The teens appeared to have picked him at random, authorities say.

    Delbert Belton, a retired aluminum company worker, served in the Pacific. There, friends say, he took a bullet in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.

    He survived that attack.

    But Wednesday night, Belton -- affectionately called "Shorty" by friends for his height -- headed to the Eagles Lodge where he was a regular.

    Police found him in the parking lot, with serious head injuries. He died Thursday.

    "It does appear random," Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths told reporters. "It appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault." "

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    So the teens in the video are AA. The victim looks to be an elderly white male by his picture.

    I wonder if the little punks are caught if they'll launch an investigation for violating the victim's civil rights? For racism and/or elder abuse? Anyone going to march for this one and claim the boys were unjustly videotaped? Or how the old guy provoked them by waiting for a friend because he didn't want her to walk home alone?

    Probably not.
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    I wonder if the vet looked like Obama's grandpa if he had been white.
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    If 0bama had two sons, they'd look like the attackers.
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    Well, for the TM/GZ parallel to hold, the cops will release the suspects after a few hours and posters on TH will start digging up dirt on the victim.

    How about we don't start a new thread aimed at stirring racial resentment - as these same posters accuse Sharpton and Jackson - every time there is a cross racial crime with no relation to the Sanford screw up? Just as GZ was probably not a racist, the Oklahoma trio was 1/3 white (and their location given to police by a black man who says they threatened to kill his son) and we have no evidence that the low life's who murdered this guy had some racial motive. The issue in Sanford wasn't the crime but the reaction of the cops and the system which assume the black guy must have been up to no good.
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    Actually, the issue was the reaction of the public and others clamoring for hate crime charges immediately after the whole thing happened in the GM/TZ situation. You're right, we don't know what their motive was (like it matters), but you can be sure if/when found the excuses will fly all over the place.

    Just tired of the double standard that black on *insert race here* crimes would never have a "racial" component to it, whereas *insert race here* versus black crimes automatically are assumed to have a "racial" component.
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    BTW, Row - apologies. I just saw this incident was posted in the other Oklahoma crime thread. I didn't realize it was already being discussed.
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    Uh ...
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