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A black teenager is facing charges as an adult for what authorities are describing as the revenge arson of the home of a white woman and her two children. And his arrest, and that of a juvenile, may be just the tip of the iceberg, authorities say.
Already, Thaddeus Shields, 18, is facing a court hearing this week on the count, and a 17-year-old whose name was not released is facing juvenile court. Authorities, meanwhile, say their investigation continues and more perpetrators may be arrested and charged in the attack in Middletown, Ohio.
The alleged black-on-white crime earlier this week culminated a campaign of terror against the mother, according to a report by WCPO-TV.
The station reported that the victim, Jennifer Chitwood, came into conflict with members of a local gang about Thanksgiving last year when her home was burglarized.
“I caught them coming out … with my TV – my flat screen – and they threw it,” she told the station.
She reported the incident to police, and two weeks later her home was again hit by burglars.
“We took my daughter to school and back, and they were going around my house with my flat screens,” Chitwood reported.
As a result, according to Middletown Police Lieutenant Scott Reeve, a 16-year-old was charged. And that, Chitwood said, brought on the harassment.
“They don’t like you calling the police on them,” Chitwood said. “They said, ‘If you guys call the police we’re coming back for you.’ Every time I walk down the street I get called names by girls and guys. (They say), ‘You’re the one that called police on my brother. You’re the one that put my cousin in jail.'”
On Monday night, Chitwood, who fled the home before the fire with her sister and her children, a 4-month-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, reported to police that the gang had been harassing her again.
She said they were “jumping in and out of my yard, throwing things at my window.”
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
Then, she said, “they started throwing flares, and kicking my door.”
That was when she decided to flee for her family’s safety through a back window of the home.
Three hours later, the fire was reported. It gutted the home, destroying all of the family’s belongings.
Police described the arson as an act of retaliation, and although the local news reports included images of the woman and the alleged arsonist, none appeared to mention the racial factor.
Here’s one report:
A surging number of black mob attacks, mostly on white victims, has been in the news for several years, and specific incidents have been documented in author Colin Flaherty's book, "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
The incidents include random mobs attacking neighborhood visitors, people walking down streets near their own homes, and attacks at public events such as festivals and fairs. Among the attacks are those described as the "Knockout Game," in which an attacker randomly targets a person with a powerful blow to the head.
Multiple fatalities have been reported, police confirm. And now, apparently, arson is in the mix.
"This is just one of many examples around the country where victims of black mob violence and mayhem are threatened, beaten, harassed and even killed if they cooperate with police. As a result, many crimes involving black people are unreported or dropped," said Flaherty, author of "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
"MNSBC host Melissa Harris-Perry pulled the curtain back on on this indifference to crime on her show last year: 'We have an under-reporting of rape and domestic violence in African American communities,' said Harris-Perry. 'Because we know the violence enacted on black men by police, so we often don't call.'
"And for black defendants who do go to trial, studies show that black juries are reluctant to convict. Remember that the next time that Eric Holder says the criminal justice system is unfair towards black people," Flaherty said.
Chitwood said: "(I was) really, really scared. I've never been that scared in my life. I thought they were going to come in and kill me and my kids. That's what I thought."
Authorities reported firefighter Brent Hughes suffered smoke inhalation battling the blaze and was hospitalized overnight.
Chitwood confirmed there is more to be worried about than a couple of individuals.
"I'm glad the two have been arrested and something is finally being done it's a big relief," she said,. "But I still don't feel safe since there was about 30 outside my house."
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
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