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2002 Hate Crimes Back In The News. Wednesday September 27, 2017. (Comment)

"Charlottesville Police arrested a man for an attempted robbery on Emmet Street. 33-year-old Vernon Howard was arrested Monday in the parking lot of the 7-11 on Hydraulic Road.

"The victim reported that he was confronted by Howard who waved a gun at him and demanded money in the parking lot of a business in the 1800 block of Emmet Street. The victim said he didn't give up any money and was able to provide a description to police.

"Howard is charged with attempted robbery and a fire arm charge. His case was continued in court Tuesday morning, he will be in court again in November." (Newsplex: Police arrest man for attempted robbery. Sep. 26, 2017.)

Latest on former CHS football player Vernon Howard:

  • In 2002, Howard made news off the field for beating up white and Asian UVA students, and was sentenced to six months house arrest.
  • In 2007, he was charged with 10 felonies for allegedly firing a gun into an occupied minivan in Culpeper, and according to court records, appears to have served 10 days on a disorderly conduct charge.
  • Howard is back in the arrest reports again, picking up public drunkenness charge May 22, and a trespassing charge May 31. (The week in review. The Hook. Jun. 5, 2012.)
Councilor Szakos Dismisses Race Violence As Conspiracy Theory. June 3, 2012.

"I was appalled at The Daily Progress’ decision to run syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell’s rant about the 'race war' against whites ("One side of race war is being censored," May 18)." (Szakos' Letter.)

(Hawkins' Analysis) "In 2002 a predominantly black gang targeted people near the University of Virginia if they "looked white." The story made national news. Mayor Blake Caravati lost sleep over it. Locals wrote letters to the editor calling for a double standard: restorative justice for the attackers, not equal justice under the law. [...] There are no white gangs cruising around looking for random blacks to attack. But there are black gangs targeting whites. Everybody knows about it. And I do mean everybody."

Statues & At-Large Remain From Segregation. Essay of newspaper articles first published Dec. 29, 2016.

Blair Hawkins.

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