Belleville Attacker Flashed Gang Signs After Beating Kid On Bus
Where’s Al Sharpton?
A white high school kid was beaten on a Belleville West bus by a group of black students.
His crime– He sat in the wrong seat:
Prosecutors told the court today that one of the students flashed gang signs after beating the white student on the bus.
The Post-Dispatch reported:
The second attacker of a 17-year-old student on a Belleville West bus flashed apparent gang signs after the beating, a prosecutor argued today in court.
The first attacker, a 14-year-old, appeared before St. Clair County Judge Walter Brandon late this morning for a detention hearing. Authorities argued for holding the attacker until trial.
“This is shocking in its violence and its brutality,” said William Clay, an assistant state’s attorney. Clay did not offer further explanation about the gang signs.
Brandon released the teenager to his father’s custody, who is a pastor, on a 24-hour curfew. The teen must get a court order if he wants to leave his father’s home for something other than attending school.
Both boys were charged with felony aggravated battery on Friday. The first attacker pleaded not guilty this morning in a Belleville courtroom, where Brandon found probable cause for the counts of aggravated battery.
Illinois law shields the disclosure of the names of juvenile offenders because they are minors.
Video of the attack was released last week by Belleville police. It showed a 17-year-old student being beaten on a school bus at various times by two other students while other passengers cheered . Police initially said the attack was racially motivated, but they later recanted. The victim is white and the suspects are black.
The local NAACP leader B.T. Rice suggested that people may be resentful of having a black man for a president.
We can only imagine the state-run media outrage if this would have happened to an innocent minority student on his way to school.