(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.
Police are still trying to figure out why a black mob beat to death a Des Moines, Iowa, man at a popular downtown fishing spot one week ago.
Richard Daughenbaugh, a father of six and construction worker, did not know his killers, say police. But at 1 a.m., he found himself exchanging words with members of a mob that numbered in the dozens.
“The suspects allegedly beat Daughenbaugh using no weapons other than their own bodies while others in the group tried to stop anyone from helping, police said,” the paper reported. “A woman fishing nearby tried to step in and stop the assault and was struck, police said. Her companion was attacked as he jumped in to defend her. And when the woman tried to call 911, two women from the group allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it. She eventually retrieved it and called 911.”
Translation: Several people beat Daughenbaugh. Several people beat the fishermen who tried to help. And several people beat the witnesses who tried to dial 911. And lots of others watched and cheered.
Richard Daughenbaugh died soon after.
The Register picks it up again, quoting a police spokesman: “The phrase ‘mob mentality’ is probably accurate here. Once the assault began, acquaintances of the suspect jumped in.”
The book documents “Beat Whitey Night” and contains QR codes that enable readers to watch videos of racial violence as they read about it in the book.
Thomas Sowell weighed in at National Review on “White Girl Bleed a Lot”: “Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities.”
Like Des Moines, local police officials and media around the country are loathe to talk about the race of the attackers – or victims.
People who work for the police department in Des Moines have learned to be careful about how they refer to racial violence. The last one to do it got fired. Her name was Lori Lavorato. She was the uniformed spokeswoman for the Des Moines police department during “Beat Whitey Night” at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. When reporters asked her if the attackers were black and victims were white, she told the truth and said they were.
Soon after, she was fired: Sent down to traffic division.
The Register reported: “Police commanders later said they found no credible evidence the fights were racially motivated.”
“I had some real concerns with us making that leap and making a remark like that publicly,” (Police Chief) Bradshaw told The Des Moines Register in an Aug. 26 interview. “That’s a huge statement that, quite frankly, can provoke emotions on both sides of the issue.
“People are very sensitive to remarks like that,” the chief continued, “so I had some real grave concerns about us stepping out, and I wanted to make certain that we were right to message the State Fair events that way.”
No evidence? Other than a police report – now posted at Smoking Gun – saying the people were shouting “Beat Whitey Night”? Other than the fact that all the attackers were black and all the victims were white? Other than the fact it happened several nights in a row? Other than the fact the attacks are on video?
There was “no evidence.” In other words, the attackers did not issue a press release or carry signs with racial slogans prior to the attack.
On Friday, police charged three black men with murder of Richard Daughenbaugh. They also issued warrants for several other people for theft and assault. There are no charges pending on those who watched and laughed shouted encouragement.
The family of Richard Daughenbaugh unsuccessfully tried to make sense of the crime that took away a father, a friend, a husband, a neighbor. Residents of Des Moines wonder what kind of place their city has become.
Police issued warnings for residents to stay safe by walking in groups in well lit places.
Several more questioned why the police chief and local press was so hesitant to identify the attackers by race: “Yet the black-on-white murder of Daughenbaugh is a ‘random’ crime,” said Greta Simmons. “Un-f—ing-believable.”
Some readers said anyone who noticed all the attackers were black and the victims were white is racist: “I see nothing in this article that makes me believe that they killed this man because he was white,” said Chris Doyle at the Des Moines Register. “They beat him to death because he was there and nothing more. … You are no better then Jesse [Jackson] and Al [Sharpton] when you point to race first.”
Said Greta Simmons: “What a bunch of liberal platitudes. These guys didn’t kill this man because they were poor. They did it out of hatred, out of racial animus. If poverty really breeds violence (that tired old Sociology 101 meme), why does Clay County, Ky. – one of the poorest counties in the United States – have such a low murder rate? Could it be because it’s 93-percent white?”
Outside of Iowa, others are surprised to hear about the episodes of black mob violence in a place they thought to be the epitome of the quiet rural life.
“If it is happening in Iowa,” said one guest on a WHO radio talk show in Des Moines, “what do you think is happening in the rest of the country?”