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Democratic Strategist on Chicago Torture Video: 'We Cannot Callously Go About Classifying Things as a Hate Crime'
- A Democrat strategist and former press secretary for Bernie Sanders is waving aside a suggestion that the taped torture of a man held captive in Chicago was a hate crime.
Symone Sanders was interviewed on CNN Wednesday evening. "I can't say that it's a hate crime because Chicago police won't say it," CNN host Don Lemon said. "They're saying they're still investigating. They're not done with their investigation."
During a press conference held Wednesday, Chicago police said the "traumatized" victim may have been held hostage for 48 hours. Whether or not the suspects will be charged with a hate crime remains to be seen, said a police commander: "Kids make stupid decisions - I shouldn't call them kids, they're legally adults, but they're young adults and they make stupid decisions. That certainly will be part of whether or not a hate crime is - seek a hate crime and determine whether or not this is sincere or just ranting and raving."
"So, first I want to say this is absolutely sickening," Sanders replied. "It's unfathomable that so much anger and hate can fill up a person where they go out, and they think this is OK."
"And it was stupid to do it on Facebook Live, but that's a whole 'nother story," she added.
"So this is sickening," she continued. "But I'm going to say something that's probably not very popular. We cannot callously go about classifying things as a hate crime. Motive here matters."
Sanders suggested the suspects who allegedly held and tortured their victim may have been motivated out of "hate" for statements Trump made, which makes the attack politically motivated and thus "not a hate crime."(Excerpt) Read more at: breitbart.com ...
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