We now live in an America so hypersensitive to all things race that even the slightest perceived slight by a white person “against” a person of color can be met with charges of racism, white supremacy, and — at the extreme, “hate crime” allegations.
I have mixed feelings about the whole “hate crime” narrative — crime is crime, regardless of the color of the attacker or the attacked — but in line with the “hate crime” narrative, what allegedly happened to a white disabled U.S. Army veteran in a supermarket parking lot in Louisville on Mother’s Day would be — by definition — a hate crime.
Or was it?
Police are reportedly investigating after Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown, whose husband is black and children bi-racial, claimed she was called a “white bitch” before being physically assaulted by a group of black women on Mother’s Day.
Brown told Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE 3 News the incident happened as she was leaving a Kroger store. As she was backing out of the parking spot, she said she noticed another vehicle directly behind her, blocking her in. Brown told police how the incident went down:
“I get out and I say, ‘Do you guys need any help?’ and she said, ‘F**k you, you white bitch.’ I said, ‘Hold on, you don’t even know me,’” Brown said. “I said, ‘That’s fine. If you don’t need anything, that’s fine. I’ll get back in the car.’”
After one of the occupants in the other car threw a cup at her, Brown said, four young black women allegedly attacked her physically.
“They were beating me, and I was in a fetal position, covering my face, making sure they didn’t get my eyes,” Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown told WAVE 3 News. https://t.co/GQAH30DGUi
— wave3news (@wave3news) May 13, 2021
Before I forget, can you imagine the left-wing meltdown if Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown were black and her attackers, white? MSNBC race-hustler extraordinaire Joy Reid? CNN stooge twins Fredo Cuomo and Don Lemon? The list is long.
Brown told the station the incident — in which she suffered a broken nose — was broken up by other customers, as opposed to Kroger security personnel. Brown’s husband Edward told WAVE 3 the attack left the family feeling helpless.
“It’s hard for us because we all feel like, well what if we would have been there? It makes you feel helpless. It was terrible for them and for me to have their mom come home in that condition.”
Brown said she went back to the Kroger on Sunday to speak to Louisville Metro Police Department officers and tried to retrieve security footage. Nada. Tuesday, her daughter called the police multiple times to obtain security footage to no avail. No dice.
“They told her, ‘You could have got the video from Kroger the first day.’ And then he followed that up with, ‘Well, a detective has it, so you can’t get it from Kroger.’ So which was is it? His response was to hang up on her.”
It appears that LMPD is investigating the incident — as an assault, not a hate crime.
“We’re gonna collect all the evidence, present it in court and they will decide,” an LMPD police spokesman previously told the Independent Chronicle, weighing the potential for hate crime charges. “A hate crime is an enhancement; in this case, … an assault is where we are at at this time.”
The Army vet told the station that while she has been experiencing anxiety and nightmares since the alleged attack, she’s grateful she was able to safely reunite with her family — but other potential victims might not have been as fortunate.
“I could have been killed, but I know how to protect myself. It doesn’t mean everybody is this strong.”
And there we are. The question is, did Brown give an accurate account of the incident to the police? Have the suspects been located and if so have they given statements?
WAVE-3 isn’t so sure.
We’ve received comments from viewers and web users that this alleged fight was not completely as advertised. One of the persons contacting us says the woman we interviewed was the aggressor. We’re working hard to get surveillance video of where this happened and have calls in to police.
Again, the question.
Various Twitter threads are flooded with tweets condemning the alleged attackers, while fewer commenters have gone after Brown, asking her, in effect, “Where’s the beef?”
Where is the evidence?
Personally, until all of the relevant facts are in, I’ll reserve judgment. As the case was clearly demonstrated in the aftermath of the 2020 election, predisposed biases and positions tend to wreak havoc on judgment, objectivity, and worst of all, truth.