If it weren’t for phony hate crimes, would there be any hate crimes at all? This seems to be an epidemic across the nation and has become worse since Donald Trump was elected. The media always rushes to judgment when these bogus crimes allegedly happen, then the stories are buried once the “hate crime” unravels.
Azhar Hussain, an assistant professor at ISU has been arrested on charges alleging he made false reports of anti-Islamic threats against him and even reported an attack authorities say did not happen.
Hussain, 56, faces a felony charge of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. He was booked into Vigo County Jail at 4:51 p.m. today and is scheduled for a Monday appearance in Vigo County Superior Court 6. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash.
The university in a news release said Hussain, an assistant professor of aviation technology, has been suspended from teaching duties.
The charges stem from a series of emails that were received on campus containing anti-Muslim messages and threats of potential violence against members of the Muslim community, according to the university.
The first report of the emails occurred on March 8. The messages specifically mentioned Hussain as a target.
On March 24, Hussain reported an assault in the College of Technology in which he said he was attacked from behind as he was entering his office early that morning. He told police he was thrown to the floor.
He said he had not seen his attacker, and no words were spoken. ISU Police at the time said four people in the vicinity were unable to corroborate his story, saying they’d seen no suspicious activity or people.
The university on Friday said Hussain had been notified recently by Provost Mike Licari that he would not be reappointed to his faculty position beyond the 2017-18 academic year due to his inability to fulfill the conditions of his original appointment.
“Based upon the investigation, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by becoming a victim of anti-Muslim threats, which he had created himself,” said Joseph Newport, ISU’s chief of police.
Is the authorities start handing out 20-year sentences for this nonsense it’ll probably stop. Yet it won’t stop the media from rushing to judgment every time this fabricated incidents occur. It’s become an epidemic, yet the media doesn’t seem to want to dig deeper as to why.
Database FakeHateCrimes.org keeps a running tally of false reports, but many fraudulent cases that remain unsolved are likely to slip through the cracks.
“The motivations are, first of all, they’re usually trying to solve some personal problem,” forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz told Fox News earlier this week. “The way they try to solve it typically involves their seeking attention for themselves or their appearing to be the victim, because they want the benefits of the victim role.”
Psychiatrist and author Judith Orloff says people who continuously take on “victim roles” fail to take responsibility for their actions and look to others for affirmation.
“People are always against them, the reason for their unhappiness,” she explained. “They portray themselves as unfortunates who demand rescuing.”
In the age of social media, that affirmation – often followed by outrage – is only a click away. In many cases, supporting evidence isn’t needed.
Prior to the 2016 election, a Delaware woman posted on Facebook that “four males, all of whom were Caucasian” shouted racial slurs and threatened to shoot her during an altercation at a gas station. She claimed they voiced praise for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Charges were filed…fugitives were caught,” Ashley Boyer wrote in a now-deleted post on the social media site. Police in Smyrna debunked the story, confirming that no reports related to the incident were filed and the alleged victim hadn’t contacted them.
Last November, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student told police that two white men ripped off her hijab in a campus building. Twenty-four hours later, she redacted her story.
A 58-year-old man from New Jersey was charged with vandalizing several homes and vehicles in Philadelphia following the November election. William Tucker, an African American, spray-painted racial slurs on cars, walls and storefronts.
The same month, a 20-year-old Massachusetts man admitted to police that his tale of being approached by two white men who proclaimed it’s “Trump country now” never happened.
As we said, makes examples of all of them and this nonsense will stop for the most part.