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Transgender Being Investigated for Hate Crimes After Allegedly Spraying Chemical on People

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When it comes to “hate crimes” investigations, some victims are more equal than others.

Any American who’s watched the parade of overblown, extremely questionable, or outright fraudulent reports of “hate crimes” since President Donald Trump took office knows the mainstream media has displayed its interest in building national hysteria if alleged crimes fit the liberal narrative.

But when the victims and suspects aren’t the stuff of liberal stereotypes? The treatment isn’t anywhere near the same.

The latest incident to show the trend took place last week in New York, where a clearly disturbed individual is accused of a series of attacks apparently targeting victims based race – and the suspect is a transgender “of color,” as the liberals say today.

According Fox News, 37-year-old Thomas J. Heard – whom the report described as a “transgender woman” – is in custody, suspected of a series of assaults on apparent strangers.

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According to WABC, Heard was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Friday after threatening a woman with a sharp object.

After Heard was in custody, she became a suspect in several other attacks earlier in the day, including one where she kicked a stranger, identified by WABC as Denise Gannaway.

“All of a sudden, I hear this woman yell at me from behind, ‘I hate you, you expletive expletive!'” Gannaway told WABC.

After Gannaway screamed for her boyfriend for help, the attacker chased both of them, WABC reported.

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“I saw her pull something out of her pocket. I didn’t know if it was a gun, I didn’t know if it was a knife – I didn’t know what she had,” she added.

“She says ‘I’m gonna pepper spray you’ and she came around and she actually got me across my face,” Gannaway’s boyfriend, Joe Barbuto, told WABC.

She then followed Barbuto around a corner “and then she pepper sprayed him in the eye. He ran after her,” Gannaway told the station.

Before the attack on Gannaway and Barbuto, Fox reported, police suspect Heard was involved in another incident in which an attacker sprayed a man with a pepper-spray like substance in a subway station, then ran into the street and sprayed five more people.

Check out this compilation of surveillance video from WABC.

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All of the victims in the case were white.

“Heard was charged with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime, harassment as a hate crime and assault with criminal possession of a weapon,” WABC reported.

It’s important to remember that Heard is innocent until proven guilty. It’s also important to consider that there’s a strong likelihood of mental illness playing a role in these incidents.

But it’s just as important to note that this story has gotten minimal media attention, and it’s impossible to think that the race and sexuality of the accused – black and transgender – and the race of the victims – all white – does not play a role in that.

If the races had been reversed, there’s no question this story would have been treated differently.

The talking heads on CNN would ascribe it all to yet more racial hatred unleashed by the Trump presidency. MSNBC would have been in overdrive with it all weekend.

Every one of the 7,654 Democrats currently seeking the presidential nomination would likely have been holding grandstanding news conferences and publishing fiery tweets to denounce the rampant racism of the Trump era.

But it was just white people being assaulted, and the suspect is a black transgender. And the media shrugs.

Clearly when it comes to “hate crimes” and the mainstream media, some victims are more equal than others.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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