(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.
An active duty combat veteran is dead, a victim of black mob violence.
The soldier, Tevin A. Geike, had been celebrating his safe return from combat and his imminent release from the military. He was walking to his hotel early Saturday morning near a Seattle area military base where KOMO-TV news picks up the story:
“A group of men in a car drove by and someone inside shouted a racial comment toward the white soldiers, the Lakewood Police Department said.
“‘One of the soldiers yelled back something about the suspects treating combat soldiers with disrespect,” Lt. Chris Lawler said.’
“The vehicle turned around, and five black males got out of the car and confronted the soldiers, according to reports. As the verbal confrontation ensued, the driver of the vehicle realized the men were actually combat veterans and called his friends off.
“While the men headed back to their vehicle, one of the suspects appeared to have bumped into the victim, witnesses say.
“The soldiers saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away. The victim was bleeding profusely from a stab wound and died at the scene.”
Police are searching for five black men who fled the scene in a midnight blue BMW-type sedan or VW Jetta-type car with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims and low profile tires, said KOMO.
Clint Zimmerman was with Geike when he died. “I don’t understand how anyone could do this,” Zimmerman told KOMO. “He gave his life for people to enjoy the freedoms they have and he was stabbed for no f***kin’ reason. What was it all over: Just because they were some white boys?”
The murder is less of a mystery for people from the area. That part of town is predominately black. And “off limits” for white people day and night, say many local commenters to Tacoma news sites.
One woman, who calls herself Nanamamabjm, describes a recent violent crime against her family nearby: “We had an attempted break last weekend DESPITE a very large and another moderate-sized dog and my mom being home. Black dudes in hoodies I dare to say … but that is the reality of things. They were black, they were wearing gray hoodies. When my husband retires, we’re outta here.”
Many of the readers of the KOMO web site, as well as readers of the Seattle Times, were surprised the newspaper would break with their tradition and report the race of the suspects. Even so, some wondered why the Times would refer to the crime as “racially tinged confrontation” instead of a potential hate crime.
King 5, another Seattle TV news outlet, did not include a description of the alleged assailants. Nor did it include a quote from what the alleged killers reportedly said.
This is the second “racially tinged” stabbing death in the Seattle area in less than a month. In September, a black man stabbed a college professor in the neck and torso as he “tried to defend” his companion. Local press called it unprovoked and random.
It is also the second killing from black mob violence of a member of the armed services since July. Shaquille Hargrove, a 19-year old member of the U.S. Air Force, was shot during an outbreak of black mob violence outside of a Denver night club. Another airman was wounded, but he survived.
Ken McMahon is just one of many Seattle residents who remember the June 1 shooting death of Molly Conley: “She was a 15-year old walking home from her birthday party with friends near Lake Stevens,” said McMahon. “She was attending a Catholic high school in Seattle. When I first read about it, noting where it was, I thought, ‘My God, now whites on meth are doing drive-bys.’ It turned out to be a black man who allegedly shot her for ‘no reason’ … except the usual one, walking while white. And in a semi-rural area!”
In 2010, a video of a group of black people pummeling a visibly pregnant white woman on a Seattle bus went viral.
For all the visible violence in the Seattle area, local public officials are adamant their part of the country is safer. Just look at the statistics, they plead.
That didn’t make sense to Nihan Thai. This Seattle resident was robbed and assaulted in 2012. He soon figured out, so was everyone else in his neighborhood. Many of the victims were Asian. All of the suspects are black.
“I was literally ten steps away from the house. And I felt a hit on my right face and another hit on the back of my neck and on my lower back, and so as I was falling forward I felt hands grabbing my jacket and my bag,” said Thai.
Two months later, not far from where Thai was attacked, another man was grabbed from behind, robbed and beaten. His name was Danny Vega, and he died.
Thai, like Vega, is Asian and openly gay. Before he died, Vega told police “he’d been attacked by three African-American males, all around 18 years of age,” said The Intelligencer. The tenth such attack in that area in two months, all near the corner of Martin Luther King Way and Othello Street.
Police released a video of three black men who are “persons of interest.”
Back to KING5: “Thai started visiting his neighbors, they had a lot to say, and soon he realized he was doing his own crime survey. Thai knocked on 49 doors. 32 people were home. How many of them had been victims of a crime since moving to the neighborhood? All but three.”
Many victims told Thai they’d never reported the crimes to police.
“It happens to them so often that after 2 or 3 times they stopped reporting because they didn’t see any progress,” said Thai.
The three men in the video have been identified and labelled as “persons of interest” because they were seen disposing of Vega’s coat. And one of the people in the video allegedly used Vega’s cell phone to call the welfare department to update his address.
But they have not been arrested.
Leo Knight is a former police officer and security expert. He covers crime on both sides of the border for Vancouver24.
“Black on white racial violence is becoming more and more prevalent,” said Knight. “But no one in the mainstream media wants to talk about it. Yet, as we saw in the Trayvon Martin case, the mainstream media couldn’t stop talking about that. The hypocrisy is palpable.”