Craig Jones, lawyer for the family of murder victim Eddie Nelson Jr., made a pretty extraordinary statement today. Here is the video from the Columbus, GA news station WLTZ, along with a transcript of his remarks. It’s well worth watching the whole thing. This is the sort of reporting you’re not getting in Atlanta:
New details are emerging about what happened inside the Muscogee County Jail early Saturday morning when Eddie Nelson was allegedly beaten to death by his cellmate Jayvon Hatchett. Nelson was picked up for a probation violation on September 1st and then housed with the hate crime suspect. [snip]
Nelson’s family is demanding answers about why her son was placed inside the same jail cell as Jayvon Hatchett, the suspect accused of stabbing a white Auto Zone worker after watching police shootings on Facebook. According to court testimony, Hatchett wanted to kill white people after watching those videos of police brutality and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. “If this mentally imbalanced individual had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, they would not have put him in a cell with a black person. If he was a rapist, they wouldn’t have put him in a cell with a woman. If he had bombed a synagogue they wouldn’t have put him in a cell with a Jewish person. If he had been that white kid up in Wisconsin that shot those demonstrators they would not have put him in a cell with demonstrators. I mean this is either sheer stupidity or meanness that’s the only way I can explain it,” Attorney Craig Jones said after reviewing details about the incident. [bold added]
Eddie Nelson, Jayvon Hatchett’s Second White Male Victim
Jayvon Hatchett told the court that he specifically set out to attack a “random” white male. He nearly killed one random white man in an Auto Zone, then murdered Nelson when they were placed in the same cell. Hatchett claims to have been inspired to kill white men because of the BLM movement: he told police he was watching videos of cops killing black men when he made the decision to kill white men.
Among the many terrible things about hate crime laws, the most terrible thing is that they mirror the thinking that drove Hatchett to get a knife and seek out victims based on their skin color. By making justice about identity instead of equality, hate crime laws encourage tribalism; they literally write tribalism into the code of criminal justice. Hate crime laws create a zero-sum game, according the solemnity of hatred to some crimes while stripping it from others, no matter how hateful, or heinous, or violent, or personal the latter.
All criminal justice is politicized when someone (usually activists and journalists pressuring prosecutors) is deciding which parts of criminal justice is to be subsumed under hate crime politics and which is to remain “neutral.”
What do we do in Georgia, now that our careless and craven elected officials — with precious few exceptions — have enshrined Jayvon Hatchett’s prejudices into the fabric of our criminal justice system? All we can do now is demand that the state prosecutes every single instance of actual hatred as hate crime … and it starts with Jayvon Hatchett.
Actually, it started much earlier. The several elderly women sexually violated by men who crept into their homes or attacked them on the streets since January are all victims of hate crime. Why isn’t sleazy House Speaker David Ralston talking about these crimes of gender-bias hate? I mean, besides his side-gig freeing rapists by abusing his legislative powers? Why isn’t Kenny Obyron Whitehead being charged with gender-bias hate crime for the murder, rape, and necrophilic violation of a Macon woman in May? There’s more to come: I have dozens of victims who should have been, by the letter of the law, afforded the dignity of being declared victims of hate crime but were not, because hate crime laws aren’t really about opposing hate, or bias, or prejudice: they’re about feathering certain types of people’s certain types of political nests. They’re the ultimate measure of the death-grip of identity politics strangling our justice system.
Inconvenient, elderly female victims need not apply.
I’d certainly like to know how House Speaker David Ralston, Bill Nigut (behind-the-scenes mover of the hate crimes racket), hysterically dishonest bill sponsor Chuck Efstration, turncoat Lt. Governor Jeff Duncan, slur-spewing Renee Untermann, agitprop AJC editor Kevin Riley, former Governor Roy Barnes, and former GBI Chief Vernon Keenan (more on him soon) justify Kenny Obyron Whitehead not being charged with gender bias hate crime for attacking a woman’s genitals, murdering her, and then violating her female parts again after death.
Let’s ask them. If you want their phone numbers, contact me.
And there’s this: why didn’t Governor Kemp bring state guard troops to the Capitol to restore order before the legislative session ended? I was going down to the Capitol to testify against this bill, but, having been the public face of opposition to hate crimes legislation the last time, and personally knowing a lot of the people in the hate crimes movement, and receiving a phone call from my hotel telling me to not come to Atlanta because the rioters were controlling the streets, I decided it wasn’t safe for me to come downtown. And believe me, I’m no wimp: I worked in the worst projects in Atlanta in the early 90’s.
If the GOP leadership didn’t bother to stop rioters inside the Capitol, why should I assume they were going to protect me outside the Capitol?
Because of mob violence, we never had a real debate about hate crime laws. And that is so delightfully ironic, it actually still makes me a laugh.
Would you want to walk through this, Governor Kemp?
Grandstanding Chuck Efstration and Roy Barnes, oops, sorry, Brian Kemp
Barnes, Keenan, Efstration: Call and Ask Them About Love-Necrophilia
But Very Concerned That SHE Has Been a Victim of Hate Words.
Too bad there’s no rape-kits for words.
Jeff Duncan and Mentor David Ralson