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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.

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  • Road rage or not he was wrong calling this man the n word it’s 2014 people make me sick grow the freak up!!!!!!

    • James Balabin

      Excluding what he said, he assaulted a Federal employee in the performance of his duties, therefor interfering with the mail which I believe is a federal crime.

      • Sharon Hagford

        Yup, but it will never happen.

  • Teresa Bulik

    pure racist he needs to be fired! Was the judge paid off!

  • James Balabin

    2 assaults already?! Why isn’t this guy on the police force? (For those of you who don’t recognize it, this is sarcasm! To most of you, sorry I had to point this out.)

  • Kato

    McDonalds with running a special on happy meals and he didn’t want to miss out you know better than to get in a fat guy’s way when it’s time to eat.

  • Larry Liebman

    How is a 300 lb. man a firefighter???

  • Jeffrey York

    How can that fat f*ck pass a physical to be a firefighter? And what city would want a racist pig like that?

  • Chilly

    1st: He has to be retired as how can that fat f*ck possibly be of any use other than cooking for a fire dept (but then it IS New York).

    2nd: He wouldn’t last long where I live. He’d move or be taken away.

  • messejproduction

    THIS GUY STILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A FELONY FOR ATTACKING A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. ATTACKING Federal Officers and Employees is a felony.
    Other assaults are federal crimes simply because the victim is a United States employee. It’s a federal offense to attack a federal officer or employee who is on the job—for example, a postal worker handing out mail or an IRS agent questioning a taxpayer. (18 U.S.C. § 111(a).) It’s no defense that the defendant wasn’t aware that the victim was a government employee.

  • lbarth

    He should have been convicted of the hate crime! You use the words you should live with the results.

  • JANICE52508 .

    NEXT TIME KICK HIS FAT CORN FED BEHIND IN THE FACE….BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT THIS ONE, HE IS GOING TO DIE STUFFING HIS FAT FACE…

  • Sharon Hagford

    This grossly OBESE fathead should be in jail, fired at the least. He probably threatened to sit on the judge.

  • Ralph Byrns

    Try to imagine this dirtball climbing a ladder to fight a fire. You can’t? Neither can I. Two previous assaults? Working with a guy this temperamental and stupid would not be fun. Incompetent and nasty. I bet the guys at his station would vote him out if the rules permitted. So fine him judge. Jail him for a while. Then, NYC should fire him. Good riddance, Jerk.

  • Kennethpytn

    Moreover, how does a human porkchop become a firefighter in NYC?

  • GilGordon

    I wonder what this judge will say the next time, when this racist kills someone of color…in one of his “rages”?

    • Jared Abdullah Garrison

      “this has nothing to do with race” that’s what he will say

  • Unae

    I hope this postal worker sues him for his government paycheck.

  • notadailycaller

    So it’s his 3rd assault . Was there any penalty at all? Disgusting outcome.

  • Jared Abdullah Garrison

    white ppl love to say it aint about race, but are the first ones to call someone racist…while using slurs

    • Jared Abdullah Garrison

      nothing racist about a white, third time offender, acquitted…against a black man…nothing to do with race..but as soon as something happens to a white person and a black did it, racism is the first question

  • michael s

    Another example of white supremacy/racism. Here this fat racist with multiple arrests is ONLY facing probation. Where are the feds to bring charges of violating Renes civil rights? This shows that all the AG Holder haters are wrong. Imagine if detective Walker wouldn’t have defended himself during his road rage encounter with racist criminal Joseph Harvey?