As Seen on The Kelly File: More Horrible Violence

What’s happening to our Culture?  Have we lost all of our value for other human beings?????

One person has been charged with a hate crime after a group of black teens in Brooklyn, New York beat a husband and wife. The group of at least 10 teenagers allegedly yelled out racial slurs, including, “Get those crackers.”

Trace Gallagher reported that three others were arrested, including a 12-year-old girl. It started when Ronald and Alana Russo were driving along an intersection in Brooklyn. When they had the green light, the group of teens stayed in the street, so Russo honked his horn. That’s when the teens allegedly began punching and kicking the car. When he got out of the car to check the damage, Russo and his wife were beaten.

Tonight on The Kelly File, Judge Andrew Napolitano said to charge the 18-year-old with a hate crime means police believe they can prove to a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the victim was targeted because of race.

He said charging the others with a hate crime will be tricky because the law requires that the victim was selected because of race, and not that a racial slur was simply said during the confrontation.
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Here is additional information posted on the NewYork Daily News:

Group of 10 Black Youths Brutally Attack White Couple in Brooklyn, NY in Hate Crime …“Get those crackers!” … “Get that white whore!” … “White motherf*ckers!”
Hate crime in Brooklyn as a white couple was brutally attacked by a gang of black teens ranging in age from 12 to 18.

According to the NY Daily News, the attack occurred at 7 p.m. Monday at Avenue U at E. 58th St. near Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin when the gang of black youths crossed the street in front of the vehicle of Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alanna. Russo had the green light, honked the horn for the group to get out of the way. That is all it took for these punks to go off  into a racial attack.  Ronald Russo was dragged to the ground,  punched and kicked in the head.  His wife was yanked to the pavement by her hair as the the black gang repeatedly shouted the racial slurs,“Get those crackers!” … “Get that white whore!” … “White motherf*ckers!”


A group of 10 black youths — one of them a 12-year-old girl — surrounded a white couple’s car in Brooklyn, viciously beating the husband and yanking the wife to the pavement by her hair as they peppered the two with racial slurs, authorities said.

“Get those crackers!” some of them screamed, according to court papers. “Get that white whore!”

The confrontation erupted about 7 p.m. Monday, as the marauding group crossed Avenue U at E. 58th St. near Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin.

Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alanna, apparently had the green light and the husband honked at the group to get out of the way. The rowdy kids started kicking the car, according to the criminal complaint. Ronald Russo got out to check on potential damage to his vehicle.

And that’s when all hell broke loose.

Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were unavailable for comment.

UPDATE I: Four teens have been arrested so far for the incident.

Four teens have been arrested so far for the incident. Kashawn Kirton, 18, has been charged with gang assault, harassment and menacing charges, all as hate crimes. Daehrell Finch, 17, has been charged with gang assault, assault, menacing and harassment but does not face hate-crime charges.Two more teens, a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, have also been arrested, but their names have not been released.

Kirton, who is a freshman at St. Francis College, told the News that he had nothing to do with the attack, and was inside a Lowe’s store when it occurred: “I have relatives who are white. Cousins and stuff,” he said. “My school is mainly white. More than half my friends are white. I wouldn’t use words like that.” He added that he believes he was arrested because he was wearing the same outfit as one of the assailants.



15 responses to “As Seen on The Kelly File: More Horrible Violence

  1. This is outrageous to hear. Racism is still here in America unfortunately. The group of teenagers that did this are the next generation of society who will be in the real world working and this is not how they should carry on. This is scary to hear because what if one day I marry someone white or have a kid that is white and gets beaten for the color of his or her skin. We need to change and it starts at home with parents and then the community.

  2. It’s sad to think that racism is among us in society today. Racism should be a thing of the past and people should look to each other as equals. Every race has those people that make their race look bad, so quit judging and start living.

  3. Its bad enough that the incident happened, but why do we still have and continue to be racist. There is something wrong with this. This generation should be the one to create change not continue to bring up and repeat what has happened in the past.

  4. Rosamaria Valdez-Lopez

    I know that racism will always be a problem because there will always be the “traditional” family who will never change their way of thinking because they will not be open minded. But of course, our society will never stop striving to stop this problem, and I thank them for that.

  5. It’s just so sad to think that racism still occurs today and it’s even more saddening to think that racism may never go away.

  6. Racism is over rated. I feel like everyone has excepted each other. Times aren’t the same as before.

  7. It’s not uncommon that I see racism and stereotyping when I fish at the lake. Regardless I always make an attempt to stand up for those whom are constantly being put down. This should not happen, plain and simple.

  8. Racism is a despicable thing. I as a parent can do my part by raising my children in a way to not see the person by the color of their skin but by worth as a human being. They can also learn by watching me as an example. I wish more people took initiative to do such things.

  9. I cant believe people are still racist these days.

  10. This really pisses me off. If a group of white kids did this to a black family, the community would be in an uproar! There would be headlines everywhere you looked about how these white kids committed a hate crime. The polarization of the community would be enormous. But instead, since in fact the roles aren’t reversed, the DA is having a hard time even saying it was a hate crime. Sad

  11. Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, don’t want to speak about it and keep ignoring it, but if…………………….., they would jump out of bed to comment.

  12. What a horrible disaster. I don’t think the honking is what really set the teenagers off. One of them must have already been having a bad day. And as one started attacking, the others ensued. It’s quite unfortunate. We could all discuss the could’ve beens but at least nobody was killed. That’s something to crack a smile on. Hopefully there will be justice in this case.

  13. It is upsetting to know that racism still walks on these grounds. Something has to be done. Students should be taught about these types of things so that they are aware of them and to teach them that these types of actions are not ok.

  14. This is a jaw-dropping story! Racism has been here long before my time so I know it is not going anywhere. Although it has been here, there are different levels to racism. According to this story, It got turned up to another level. In my opinion, The couple were driving in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time and ran into a click or gang. Its sad to hear that this married couple had to suffer for just honking a horn. This story can project a bad name for other black teens all because of one small group of ignorant teenagers.

  15. Looks like racisim here in the US is here and alive.

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