Firefighter Who Attacked Postal Worker, Yelled ‘You’re Nothing But a F*cking N*gger’ is CLEARED of Hate Crime Charges
Earlier this week we reported on a New York firefighter facing hate crime charges for attacking a postal worker and yelling racial epithets at him.
Now, a judge has cleared the firefighter of all hate crime charges, claiming that there is insufficient evidence.
Supreme Court Justice John Ingram found 50-year-old Luke Schreiner guilty of criminal mischief and attempted assault but acquitted him of felony hate crime charges in his attack on 57-year-old Rene Isidore.
“The court finds that this defendant’s remarks and racist diatribe were reprehensible, despicable, disgusting, and demeaning,” Ingram said. “But this court finds that the ensuing language was most likely caused by road rage and is not sufficient to constitute a hate crime.”
This echoed Schreiner’s attorney’s comments in court on Tuesday.
“This has nothing to do with race,” said attorney Robert Gallo. “He would have acted the same if Mr. Isidore was white, black, Asian, or green. If he said the ‘n-word’ it’s reprehensible. But the totality of the circumstances support fully that it was a traffic dispute.”
The incident in question occurred after Schreiner was cut off by Isidore’s mail truck. The 300-pound firefighter reportedly slapped the postal worker, broke his sun glasses, and yelled “You’re nothing but a f***ing n*gger, that’s why you work for the postal service.”
Schreiner had been looking at up to four years in jail if convicted of a hate crime. Now he faces up to a year in prison but will likely only get probation for two misdemeanors.
Schreiner has two previous arrests for assault.