If a white man murdered a black jogger and said he doesn’t like “those people” it would be the biggest story in America, tax cheat Al Sharpton would be on the march and the media would be hysterical.
But since this is a commonplace crime it’ll barely register on the radar.
The confessed killer of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano told detectives he hated the victim’s predominantly white neighborhood of Howard Beach, leading cops to believe race played a role in the murder, sources told The Post.
“I don’t like those people over there,” said Chanel Lewis, 20, who is black and split time between homes in the largely impoverished neighborhoods of East New York and Brownsville, according to sources.
Lewis made the statement to a black detective when asked why he killed Vetrano, whose body was found strangled in Spring Creek Park. His comment caused cops to believe race was a factor in Vetrano’s slaying, sources said.
A white detective initially tried twice to get Lewis to talk and he refused, according to sources.
But when the black detective, Barry Brown, interviewed him, Lewis waived his Miranda rights and gave two videotaped statements, confessing he’d “hit” and “choked” the jogger on Aug. 2.
Brown is known as a highly skilled officer and the “best detective in Queens for getting confessions,” sources said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Vetrano’s grieving father, Phil, visited his daughter’s murder site, spending time at the makeshift memorial he’s created with rocks taken from the path of his child’s final run. He expressed his relief that cops have caught his daughter’s alleged killer in a Monday post on a GoFundMe page set up in her honor.
“As you all know by now we have caught this piece of s–t,” the father wrote. “As we expected he is a loner loser. He will pay for his crime. I want to thank all of you who have supported us so long.”
Weird how racial grievance groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center are strangely unavailable for comment. It;s not a bogus hate crime, so they have zero interest.