28 thoughts on “Wash. Times on UVa Attacks”

  1. The local media are incompetent. It is up to the people to ensure that justice is meted out. I read about the support groups being formed for those arrested … what about the victims?

  2. From The Daily Progress, Feb. 9:

    “Authorities have charged nine minors, including a girl arrested Friday, and one 18-year-old with various crimes in the string of attacks between September and late January.”

    Read more carefully, Anonymous.

  3. Not you, dickhead. The other Anonymous — the one who said the local media had reported only six attacks.

  4. Why doesn’t the Regress archive their stories!?

    I wonder if it would be lawful for any of us to re-post their daily stories here — like George Loper does on his site (link on this page, to the left).

  5. Why don’t you all just get registered accounts on cvillenews.com and save the rest of us some confusion?

    :)

  6. Nothing like a group of anonymous cowards calling each other “dickheads.” Gotta love the high-level intellectual debate here.

    Must be Va Tek students.

  7. Good that someone is doing something to spur this on and get justice. It’s a shame that it’s David Duke’s racist bunch.

    -jd

  8. I wonder if it would be lawful for any of us to re-post their daily stories here — like George Loper does on his site (link on this page, to the left).

    Because we do not give ourselves the power to erase stories at cvillenews.com, it wouldn’t actually have any legal impact on us (erasing comments just can’t and won’t happen), but it could be bad for you. Slashdot went through this with Microsoft a couple of years ago, and ended up (IIRC) winning, because they were acting as common carriers of comments (like the phone company) and not editors of comments (like the newspaper.)

    Anyhow, it would be A Bad Thing for you, legally, so I do encourage you to refrain from reposting copyrighted materials beyond what is permitted under copyright law.

  9. I’ve got a question. Have the media reported information for all ten persons arrested?

    From the news reports in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02) and the Cavalier Daily (2/4/02) we know that ten people have been arrested.

    We know six of them have been charged:

    1) a 17-year-old female with robbery and felony assault

    2) a 17-year-old female with robbery and misdemeanor assault

    3) a 17-year-old male with robbery and felony assault

    4) a 16-year-old male with felony assault

    5) a 16-year-old male with malicious wounding

    6) a 18-year-old male with felony assault

    Who are the other four?

    I suppose we could infer that they perhaps haven’t been charged yet (Wash Times: “Some of those [10 arrested] teens could still face charges, but police believe they have arrested all of the teens who took part in the actual beatings” ) but the police didn’t show any reluctance previously to give the age (and even school affiliation, race) of those they arrested. And how long can one be arrested (and held?) without a charge being brought?

    SOURCES:

    Washington Times (2/14/02) Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02) Cavalier Daily (2/4/02)

  10. I’ve got three more questions:

    1. Has anything been reported about the first two attacks in this series of six?

    2. How have the police linked these first two attacks to the latter four?

    3. And if there haven’t been details disclosed, why not? Or have the local media not been asking these questions?

    For further reference, here’s the sequence of events as compiled from on-line news stories. Perhaps others here could add (or correct me) with info from Daily Progress articles they have on-hand, or other sources (for example, I’ve forgotten the name of the adult charged and which incident involved a victim being thrown before a moving car):

    DATE: sometime in September 2001

    TIME: not reported

    PLACE: not reported

    ASSAILANT(S): not reported

    VICTIM(s): not reported

    CRIME/INJURY: not reported; “The first attack, which police called a ‘spontaneous, unplanned event,’ occurred in September.”

    SOURCE(S):Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02)

    DATE: not reported, but news stories report six attacks in total, which leaves one to be located between the “earliest” assault and the most recent four in January

    TIME: not reported

    PLACE: not reported

    ASSAILANT(S): not reported

    VICTIM(S): not reported

    CRIME/INJURY: not reported

    SOURCE(S): Cavalier Daily (2/12/02) and Washington Times (2/14/02)

    DATE: January 12, 2002

    TIME: “around 11 [PM]”

    PLACE: somewhere between Maury Ave. and Clarke Court

    ASSAILANT(S): four black males

    VICTIM(S): first-year, male student

    CRIME/INJURY: “[A]n 18-year-old told police he was attacked and punched by three black males who had been standing along Maury Avenue. The attack left him with black eyes and sore ribs.” “According to police, he suffered two black eyes and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.”

    SOURCE(S): Cavalier Daily (1/30/02) and Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02)

    DATE: January 12, 2002

    TIME: “Later [after the 11 PM attack] that same night . . .”

    PLACE: Madison Ave.

    ASSAILANT(S): “a group of about eight black males and females”

    VICTIM(S): three University students

    CRIME/INJURY: assault; “[T]hree U.Va. students reported being jumped from behind.” “One victim suffered a broken cheekbone that required surgery. Another had two knots on his head and a swollen finger. The final victim escaped nearly unscathed.”

    SOURCE(S): Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02) and Cavalier Daily (1/30/02)

    DATE: January 18, 2002

    TIME: 11:40 PM

    PLACE: 300 block of 15th Street.

    ASSAILANT(S): “a black male between five feet nine inches and six feet tall, and appeared to be approximately 20 years of age”

    VICTIM(S): one female University student

    CRIME/INJURY: “The student reportedly was struck several times . . .”

    SOURCE(S): Cavalier Daily (1/30/02)

    DATE: January 25, 2002

    TIME: 10:15 PM

    PLACE: corner of University Way and Rugby Road

    ASSAILANT(S): “The attackers reportedly were two black females and three or four black males.”

    VICTIM(s): three second-year, male students

    CRIME/INJURY: “The assailants, ‘ran up from behind, hit them, kicked them and then ran off . . . The sudden nature of the attack left the victims capable of only vague recollection of the details of the violent assault and its perpetrators. ‘We tried to escape and ran about five meters,’ said one of the victims, who asked to remain anonymous. ‘About three or four people started kicking me in the head. From then on, it’s just a haze,’ he said. ‘I won’t be going to class for a couple of days.’ One of the three students was admitted to University Hospital and has been released. The others sustained scrapes and other minor injuries and refused medical attention.” “[A] group of four men and two women, all black, approached three U.Va. men walking along Rugby Road. The group punched and kicked the U.Va., students, other students said, giving one 19-year-old a concussion.”

    SOURCE(S): Cavalier Daily (1/30/02) and Richmond Times-Dispatch (2/3/02)

  11. WINA described here the adult male arrested as: “18-year old-Gordon Fields, [who] has been a football star at Charlottesville High.”

    In this cvillenews.com thread the registered cvillenews.com poster “will” described what he knew of the male “athlete” charged: “The athlete of the two was also one of the most mild-mannered people I’d ever met, and I simply cannot bring myself to believe that he was involved in this thing because he hated white people. None of the three ever gave the slightest indication of racism. In addition, the police claim that he was the one who repeatedly stopmed his booted foot on one victim’s face, breaking their cheek bone. I don’t believe that for a second.”

    That would make Gordon Fields one of the assailants in attack number four (for which he has been charged with felony assault) right?

  12. WINA Story originally filed on: 02/04/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/10/airdesk/turner1.html

    HEADLINE: A TOWN MEETING TONIGHT ON RACE-RELATED VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

    RACIALLY-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A MARCH AND RALLY TONIGHT ON THE UVA CORNER. THE 7 P.M. “TOWN MEETING” ACROSS FROM CRAZY CHARLIE’S IS BEING CO-SPONSORED BY THE UVA BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE AND THE UNIVERSITY UNION. RICK TURNER, DEAN OF AFRO-AMERICAN AFFAIRS AT UVA, SAYS CHARLOTTESVILLE NEEDS SUCH EVENTS TO BATTLE RACISM IN THE COMMUNITY:

    THIS EVENING’S FORUM WAS PROMPTED BY A JANUARY 22ND INCIDENT AT CRAZY CHARLIE’S IN WHICH A BLACK ASSISTANT MANAGER WAS ASSAULTED BY SIX FRATERNITY BROTHERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI. IT HAS BEEN ALLEGED THAT THE ATTACK WAS RACIALLY-MOTIVATED. AT 8 O’CLOCK TONIGHT, UVA PRESIDENT JOHN CASTEEN AND OTHERS WILL ADDRESS THE “TOWN MEETING” ON THE UNIVERSITY AVENUE SIDE OF THE ROTUNDA.

  13. WINA

    Story originally filed on: 02/02/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/02/airdesk/martens2.html

    HEADLINE: THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING RACIALLY-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE

    THE CITY COUNCIL HAS ADOPTED A RESOLUTION THAT CONDEMNS RACIALLY-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE. A MULTI-RACIAL GROUP KNOWN AS “THE FORUM FOR HOPE AND HEALING” IS UPSET ABOUT A JANUARY 22ND INCIDENT ALONG THE UNIVERSITY CORNER. ACCORDING TO SPOKESWOMAN CHARLEEN MARTENAS, RACIALLY-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE CAN’T BE TOLERATED

    MARTENAS SAYS SHE DOESN’T WANT TO DENY THE MISSISSIPPI STUDENTS THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. AT THE SAME TIME, SHE WANTS A DECLARATION THE CITY WON’T TOLERATE SUCH ACTS.

    MEANWHILE, HER GROUP WILL HOLD A RALLY AND MARCH AGAINST RACISM ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THE RALLY WILL START AT 7 P.M. ON THE GRASSY AREA ACROSS FROM “THE CORNER”, AND MOVE UP TO THE ROTUNDA.

  14. WINA

    Story originally filed on: 02/05/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/02/airdesk/martens2.html

    HEADLINE: U-V-A & COMMUNITY LEADERS CONDEMN A RACIALLY-CHARGED INCIDENT

    ABOUT TWO HUNDRED LOCAL RESIDENTS AND U-V-A STUDENTS HELD A RALLY LAST NIGHT ACROSS UNIVERSITY AVENUE FROM “CRAZY CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT.” THEY CONDEMNED LAST MONTH’S ATTACK ON HOWARD WEINBERGER, A BLACK U-V-A STUDENT WHO WORKED AT THE RESTAURANT. RECENT U-V-A GRADUATE YUSEF JACKSON WAS AMONG THE SPEAKERS. THE SON OF THE REVEREND JESSE JACKSON SAYS THESE KINDS OF ASSAULTS ARE NOT ISOLATED CASES, AND SHOULDN’T BE “BRUSHED OFF”

    U-V-A PRESIDENT JOHN CASTEEN ALSO REFERRED TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

    THE CITY POLICE HAVE CHARGED SIX WHITE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI STUDENTS WITH ASSAULT AND BATTERY. MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL GROUP “FORUM ON FAITH & HEALING” ARE GATHERING PETITIONS ON A STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE ATTACK. THEY WANT TO SEND COPIES TO THE GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI, AND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI.

  15. WINA

    Story originally filed on: 02/08/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/02/airdesk/martens2.html

    HEADLINE: TWO UVA STUDENTS ARE ATTACKED OVER THE WEEKEND

    TWO UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA STUDENTS WERE ASSAULTED IN SEPARATE ATTACKS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY–HOURS AFTER A RALLY WAS HELD ON THE UVA CORNER TO PROMOTE RACIAL UNITY. IN EACH CASE THE VICTIM WAS WHITE AND THE ASSAILANT BLACK BUT POLICE SAY THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE THE ATTACKS WERE RACIALLY MOTIVATED. THE FIRST ATTACK OCCURRED AT 9:15 PM FRIDAY WHEN JAMES ANDREW IRWIN, A 22 YEAR OLD GRADUATE STUDENT, TOLD POLICE THREE MEN APPROACHED HIM AS HE WALKED FROM THE MATH/ASTRONOMY BUILDING TO A BUS STOP AT UVA. AS HE ANSWERED ONE PERSON’S QUESTION, ANOTHER IN THE GROUP STRUCK HIM IN THE HEAD, KNOCKING HIM UNCONSCIOUS. HIS BACKPACK, BOOKS, KEYS, ID, AND WALLET WERE STOLEN. THE WALLET CONTAINED MONEY AND A CREDIT CARD. THE FOLLOWING NIGHT POLICE ARRESTED 20 YEAR OLD RICKY C. CAREY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND 18 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER T. JOHNSON OF FORK UNION AS THEY TRIED TO USE A CREDIT CARD TAKEN FROM IRWIN. THREE HOURS LATER ALONG PRESTON AVENUE, 19 YEAR OLD BRETT MICHAEL HALLSTEIN WAS SURROUNDED BY FOUR MEN, THROWN TO THE GROUND AND BEATEN SO BADLY HIS JAW WAS BROKEN IN TWO PLACES

  16. WINA

    Story originally filed on: 05/25/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/02/airdesk/martens2.html

    HEADLINE: A TRIAL IN CITY DISTRICT COURT INOLVING SIX OLE MISS STUDENT

    THE TRIAL OF SIX KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY MEMBERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI IS GOING ON IN CHARLOTTESVILLE DISTRICT COURT. THE SIX OLE MISS STUDENTS, WHO ARE WHITE, ARE ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY AGAINST A MANAGER OF CRAZY CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT, HOWARD WEINBERGER, WHO IS BLACK. WITNESSES TOLD AUTHORITIES AT THE TIME OF THE JANUARY 22ND INCIDENT THAT THE ALLEGED ATTACK HAD RACIAL OVERTONES. DURING HIS OPENING ARGUMENTS IN THE TRIAL, ASSISTANT CITY PROSECUTOR CLAUDE worr-ELL’ DESCRIBED THE ALLEGED ASSAULT:

    SEVERAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CASE. ONE OF THEM, FRED PAYNE, SAID THE WRONG PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED:

    THE KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY HAS BEEN BANNED FROM OLE MISS CAMPUS ACTIVITIES UNTIL AUGUST FIRST. FRATERNITY MEMBERS SAY THE INCIDENT WAS NOT RACIALLY-MOTIVATED AND INSTEAD CENTERED AROUND AN UNPAID BILL.

  17. WINA

    Story originally filed on: 05/26/93

    http://www.wina.com/news/archive/93/feb/02/airdesk/martens2.html

    HEADLINE: THE CASE AGAINST SIX OLE MISS STUDENTS FALLS APART

    A CHARLOTTESVILLE DISTRICT JUDGE HAS DISMISSED CHARGES AGAINST SIX UNIVERSITY OF MISSIPPI FRATERNITY BROTHERS IN THE CASE OF A RACIALLY-CHARGED BRAWL WITH A BLACK RESTAURANT MANAGER LAST JANUARY ON THE U-VA CORNER. JUDGE BILL BARKLEY SAYS HE’S STILL CONSIDERING SANCTIONS AGAINST THE CITY COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR PURSUING CASES AGAINST DEFENDANTS WITHOUT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE. HE’S ALSO CONSIDERING A DEFENSE ATTORNEY MOTION TO RE-IMBURSE ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS FOR HIS EXPENSES SINCE HE WAS NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN (YESTERDAY’S) TESTIMONY. ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY CLAUDE wuh-RELL SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED WHEN NEW NAMES OF ATTACKERS CAME FORTH IN COURT (YESTERDAY) WHICH HE HAD NOT HEARD BEFORE:

    THE CASE TOOK A BIZARRE TURN LATE (YESTERDAY) WHEN DEFENSE ATTORNIES ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAD JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT A MANY MONTH OLD FRAUD WARRANT OUTSTANDING AGAINST THE VICTIM IN THE CASE. CITY POLICE BLAMED THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEYS FOR THE FAILURE TO SERVE THE WARRANT. POLICE SERVED THE WARRANT TO HOWARD WEINBERGER AT THE START OF (YESTERDAY’S) TRIAL. wuh-RELL BALKED AT IMPLICATIONS FROM DEFENSE ATTORNIES THAT HE WAS PROTECTING THE CREDIBILITY OF HIS STAR WITNESS OR CONTROLLING TESTIMONY BY “SITTING ON” THE WARRANT:

    WEINBERGER’S WARRANT WAS FOR FAILURE TO RETURN ABOUT 140-DOLLARS WORTH OF RENTAL VIDEOS LAST YEAR.

  18. I just want to take this opportunity to point out how very impressed that I am with WINA for putting up such a tremendous archive of their news. This is a fantastic historic resource, on par with the Cavalier Daily, and they should be proud.

  19. I’ve got another question:

    Were three persons injured in the first two attacks in this series of six?

    The compendium of news reports about the six attacks provides information about only EIGHT persons injured. However, according to the Washington Times (2/14/02):”Lt. Gibson said 11 persons, both male and female, were left with superficial wounds and sore ribs to a broken cheekbone in the six incidents.”

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  20. An inconsistency in the total number appeared in yesterday’s Daily Progress article by Reed Williams:

    “Most of the 10 assault victims are UVa students, police said.”

    So what was it — 11 or 10 victims?

    And another related question: from the compendium above, we spot eight UNIVERSITY student victims. Who were the other two or three victims in the first two attacks?

    And why won’t the police disclose where these attacks took place. Again from the same article:

    “Authorities have declined to release the details or locations of two of the attacks. The others occurred on Rugby Road, Maury Avenue, Madison Avenue and 15th Street.”

    WHY ALL THE SECRECY?!

    The absence of further reporting and media investigation into the basic essentials of the story create conditions (media distrust, lack of faith in politicians, loss of confidence in the police and justice system) into which extremist, inflammatory political groups insert themselves.

    This story also has the potential to be developed into larger inquiry about how crimes are reported in the sometimes discrete but other-times overlapping geographic areas the three responsible police departments (city, university, county) serve. There is enough built-in confusion there to make the crime statistics each department is required to report utterly unreliable — even deceptive. Many local news outlets report on the release of crime statistics from these various organizations. Why not question and analyze what these organizations provide?

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