We in St. Louis have taken our licks of late, but the story of a Bosnian woman being pulled from her car by three black men and being beaten took the cake. Â The St. Louis Metropolitan Police – that’s the city itself – called this incident a hate crime…until they found surveillance video:
Investigators say surveillance video from a nearby video store showed she simply got out of the car and laid in the street, making up the incident.
Minor problem. Â Yeah, you can’t do that in the United States. Â It’s called lying. Â After ten days, though, the damage is done and it looks to the world that there are hate crimes being perpetrated against the Bosnian community in South St. Louis. Â The only crime in this case, it seems, is the class B misdemeanor of filing a false police report.
The Bosnian community of South St. Louis came to the United States as refugees from the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Â For the most part, they are regular European-type immigrants, although Muslim. Â There have been other reports of crimes against members of the community of late.