Woman hit in head with pellet gun in alleged hate crime while walking through Central Park: police
The 36-year-old victim told the Daily News she was attacked early Monday by a group of black youths who screamed that 'all white people suck.' The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
From the NY Daily News: Statement Analysis is added to the article in bold type.
A 36-year-old woman walking through Central Park was shot in the back of the head with a pellet gun in an apparent hate crime, police said Saturday.
The shaken victim told the Daily News she was leaving the park at W. 60th St. and West Drive about 12:05 a.m. Monday when she strolled past a group of black youths.
The two men and three women — all in their late teens or early 20s — said nothing as they passed by. But moments later, the woman felt a “horrible pain” in the back of her head.
“My hand went up to my head, and there was blood gushing everywhere,” said the woman, who asked to be identified only as Hanna.
Please note "my hand went to my head" is passive language. This removes her from the responsibility of controlling her hand.
“I turned around, and I said, ‘What are you doing? Why are you doing this to me? What's wrong with you people?’”
One of the women immediately unleashed a barrage of racial epithets.
“F---- you, you f------ white b----,” the woman hissed, Hanna recalled.
Did "Hanna" actually say the woman "hissed" these words?
Then one of the men popped his head out from behind a tree and joined in the racially fueled verbal attack.
“All white people suck,” the man hollered. “F--- white people.”
The group fled, leaving Hanna bloodied and in tears.
Police released surveillance footage of three of the suspects and a sketch of one in the attack in Central Park at W. 60th St. and West Drive early Monday.
“I was starting to go into shock,” she said. “There was a lot of blood.”
She was only "starting" to go into shock, not that she went into shock.
"I bled a lot" is personal. "There was a lot of blood" is passive. This is distancing language.
After a crew of cops and paramedics arrived, Hanna was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The police on Saturday released surveillance footage of three of the suspects and a sketch of one of them. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
"It's a hate crime — for no reason at all,” Hanna told The News.
It is was a hate crime, hate is the reason. "for no reason" is emphasized with "at all."
Police should question this woman's actions.
“I was just walking by. There was no sort of eye movement. There was no altercation, confrontation, anything like that.”
She does not say
"I was walking by" but "just" walking by. The word "just" is used when comparing two or more things. What is she comparing it to?
Why was she there?
She compares walking by with something and police need to know why.
Note that within an attack, the woman tells us what did not happen and this non event is quite specific: eye movement. Most people say "eye contact"; for her to be there long enough to note "eye movement" tells me that there is more that happened than what she is saying. Someone was looking at something that caused a problem. Drug purchase? I don't know, but there is more here than what she is saying.
There is more to the account. Did she say something racist? Time for Hanna to take a polygraph.
Hanna, who lives in Manhattan with her husband and works in human resources, described herself as “a typical New Yorker.”
“I've lived here for awhile. I have not had these types of issues,” she said. “I have friends and family of all backgrounds. That’s what I find so amazing, that people are that hateful.”
“There’s no room for hate here,” Hanna added.
“We all bleed red blood. There's no room for hatred. Not in New York. Not anywhere.”
Note the preaching attitude of the victim.
There is enough here for police to doubt her account. Did she antagonize the attackers? The passivity suggests that, perhaps, there was more to her story than what she has said and police will have to learn what else this woman said, and why she feels the need to remove herself from something quite personal.
It may be that there was something that preceded the confrontation