" On the morning of the 14th (sunday) my step son, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps , was out with two other friends off base in 29 Palms CA. One was a Marine the other a Civillian. Steven and the other Marine are both white, and they're mutual friend is black. The three men observed a large group (15-20) African American males walking down the street making a lot of noise, shouting, causing a scene. Many were carryintg weapons, ie...batons, and at least one tire iron.
The mob notices the three men sitting on the porch smoking and talking and proceeded to make they're way up the drive. At this point Steven, the other Marine and they're civilian friend told them to leave. The mob attacked the other Marine first. Steven, seeing his friend being assaulted attempted to intervene. Stevens black friend also stepped in demanding they stop. The mob ignored Stevens black friend and attacked Steven instead. They struck him in the head with a tire iron, punched him repeatedly, kicked him repeatedly and then stabbed him in the right side of his chest. Once they had him on the ground and unconscious they continued to beat him. The other Marine was able to get away while Steven was eventually robbed while he lay helpless and unable to defend himself.
The police did arrive along with an ambulance to transport Steven to the Desert Palms hospital where he received multiple stitches, and staples to his chest and head. It should be noted that the mob that attacked Steven was composed entirely of black men, 15 to 20 of them. At no time did they attack Stevens black friend. All this took place Sunday the 14th following the George Zimmerman verdict.
I have talked to the Sheriffs Dept. and have promised on multiple occasions to have a detective call me back. It has not happened. My wife was able to speak to a detective Silva who stated he didn't see this as a hate crime. Merely gang activity. I gave the authorities information on where my sons stolen credit cards were being used and the only response we have gotten was. "well, it probably is not the person or persons who committed the assault." I am more then a little outraged. How is this not a hate crime? Why are they trying to sweep this under the rug? Have we fallen so far that our Service men and women must now fear for they're own lives on native soil and not be given the treatment and respect deserved? I wont even go into details on the treatment he received from the hospital or how they treated my wife when she called to ask about the condition of her son.
The "Law Enforcement" is this instance is the San Bernardino Sheriffs Dept. "