How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are one of the oldest types of crimes throughout human history. The drive to inflict harm upon others specifically because of race, gender, or religious views has been a practice only recently punished by the law. However, these crimes do continue to exist and can happen right in your own backyard.
In St. Petersburg, Fla., a man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a man after learning the man is a Muslim. Before the September 11 attacks, there were about 400 to 500 hate crimes reported each year. One month after the attacks, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), received more than 700 reports of hate crimes.
According to an article in WPTV News, 52-year-old Bradley Strott was speaking to Sam Ebadi about religion. Ebadi told Strott he was a Muslim and Strott became upset, grabbed the victim by his shirt and stabbed him in the neck with his pocketknife.
The police report states that Strott claims “Muslims are the root of all problems.” Ebadi was taken to an area hospital where he has remained since the attack, according to the article.
Strott has been charged with aggravated battery and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday night. He bonded out Saturday, according to the article.
The Tampa Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations have stepped in and are talking with the FBI about this attack. According to spokesperson Ramzy Kilic with the organization, the FBI is working with local law enforcement to see if they can upgrade the charges to a hate crime. Ebadi is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.
Aggravated Battery Defense
If you have been charged with aggravated battery, be sure to consult a criminal defense lawyer. However, if you have been charged with a hate crime, a criminal defense lawyer is just about the only person that can help you through this process. Because the FBI will undoubtedly be involved, you would need a criminal defense lawyer who has a good track record, and knows what he’s doing.