Target: District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Goal: Demand assault charges be upgraded to a hate crime for man who punched and killed a man after making racist remarks
After announcing that he was going to punch the next white man he saw, Martin Redrick, a black man with a history of assault charges, hit Jeffrey Babbitt, an innocent bystander, so hard that he never regained consciousness. His skull cracked on the ground, and five days later he died in a hospital bed. Mr. Redrick also attacked the two men who tried to help Mr. Babbitt. Currently, Redrick is charged with two counts of assault and one count of felony assault, however, upgrading his charge to a hate crime could entail manslaughter. This man needs to be charged with what his crime was: a senseless act of violence against another person because of the color of his skin.
With a record of violence and several arrests, Mr. Redrick has been charged with many crimes in the past, including assault, aggravated harassment, trespassing, and drug possession. He has previously been to jail for assault after being arrested for throwing a glass bottle at someone’s head and hitting them with it. His brother has also noted that he conflicted with white authority figures when they were children. This points to a clear and dangerous pattern of behavior.
Mr. Babbitt has been lost to Mr. Redrick’s actions, without any agitation other than being white. He was the sole caretaker of his elderly mother, and an upstanding neighbor.
Crimes committed based on the color of someone’s skin cannot stand. Hate crimes need to be identified and tried as such to reaffirm that they are intolerable. Demand Mr. Redrick be charged with a hate crime and seek justice for his victim, Mr. Babbitt.
Dear Mr. Vance,
Recently, Martin Redrick was charged with three counts of assault, one of which being criminal assault, for punching and killing Jeffrey Babbitt. Before the assault took place, Mr. Redrick announced that he was going to punch the next white man that he saw. Without any agitation on his part other than the color of his skin, Mr. Babbitt was struck, his head hitting the ground so hard that witnesses were able to hear it. Now Mr. Babbitt is dead as a result of Mr. Redrick’s targeting of any white man.
It is understood that an investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force is gathering evidence as to whether or not this incident can be tried as a hate crime. Because of the nature of his remarks, as well as his history of violence, we hope that enough evidence for this charge is found. Mr. Redrick’s crime needs to be tried for what it was. We urge you to upgrade Mr. Redrick’s charges from assault to hate crime.
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