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    EmptyTimCup
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    A beating at Church and Brambleton




    A beating at Church and Brambleton


    Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim.

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    Many stories that begin this way end much worse. Another colleague recently wrote about the final defendant to be sentenced in the beating death of 19-year-old James Robertson in East Ocean View five years ago. In that case, a swarm of gang members attacked Robertson and two friends. Robertson's friends got away and called for help; police arrived to find Robertson's stripped, swollen corpse.

    Forster and Rostami's story has not, until today, appeared in this paper. The responding officer coded the incident as a simple assault, despite their assertions that at least 30 people had participated in the attack. A reporter making routine checks of police reports would see "simple assault" and, if the names were unfamiliar, would be unlikely to write about it. In this case, editors hesitated to assign a story about their own employees. Would it seem like the paper treated its employees differently from other crime victims?

    More questions loomed.

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    The officer pointed to public housing in the area and said large groups of teenagers look for trouble on the weekends. "It's what they do," he told Forster.

    Could that be true? Could violent mobs of teens be so commonplace in Norfolk that police and victims have no recourse?

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    The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack.

    One post chilled him.

    "I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person.

    "I don't," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"


    Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, died after being shot by a community watch captain with white and Hispanic parents, George Zimmerman, in Florida.

    Forster and Rostami, both white, suffered a beating at the hands of a crowd of black teenagers.


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    EmptyTimCup
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    Did the Media and Police Ignore Mob Beating of Two White Reporters?


    Notice the rub in the story? Both the victims are reporters. Specifically, reporters for PilotOnline, the website of the Virginian Pilot, where the story first broke. Except it didn’t break in a news story – it broke in an opinion piece. Indeed, the Pilot appears to have completely ignored the story, despite it involving their own reporters, and having multiple angles.

    This decision seems even more bizarre when you realize that one of those angles is arguably police negligence. See also the Pilot article’s description of how both victims were treated when police arrived on the scene:

    Forster and Rostami wondered if the officer who answered their call treated all crime victims the same way. When Rostami, who admits she was hysterical, tried to describe what had happened, she says the officer told her to shut up and get in the car. Both said the officer did not record any names of witnesses who stopped to help. Rostami said the officer told them the attackers were “probably juveniles anyway. What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?”

    The officer pointed to public housing in the area and said large groups of teenagers look for trouble on the weekends. “It’s what they do,” he told Forster.

    Could that be true? Could violent mobs of teens be so commonplace in Norfolk that police and victims have no recourse?

    So this story involves a cop who is, at bare minimum, insensitive, a seemingly completely random yet racially motivated beating, and a pair of reporters. And it hasn’t been covered by the paper they worked for. What gives? WorldNetDaily thinks there might be a political correctness component to this:

    The newspaper is coming under heavy criticism today from residents in the greater Norfolk area, known as Hampton Roads.

    “It is unbelievable that the Virginian-Pilot would BURY this story for two weeks for politically correct reasons. That is sad and disgusting,” said David Englert of Norfolk. “Someone should be fired or resign over the decision not to report this attack. It is a sad enough commentary on our society and community to read about how the responding police viewed this crime, but for our only newspaper to decide that they will hide from the truth rather than report the truth is PATHETIC! Any attack by a mob of people on any innocent victim should be put under a bright spotlight for all involved to be judged and exposed as appropriate, and to make sure that the criminal justice system does its job to protect those who obey the law.”

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