San Jose Parking Lot Attack No Longer Considered A Hate Crime

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Authorities say the brutal attack on an East Indian man in a grocery store parking lot in San Jose last year does not qualify as a hate crime.

Atul Lall reported to authorities and the press that he was the victim of a hate crime when he was badly beaten on Nov. 21, 2011.

“They called me a terrorist while they were hitting me,” Lall recounted to reporters last month. “I think they called me other stuff but it’s hard to tell because after getting hit with a bottle…it’s hard to hear what’s going on.”

Since that statement police are no longer saying that what happened in the Lucky lot on the 3200 block of S. White Rd. was motivated by hate. Instead, they have released surveillance video showing Lall’s sports car nearly hitting two men in that parking lot. Detectives now believe that it was that initial encounter that motivated the attack, prompting prosecutors to abandon any plans to file a hate crime enhancement against the 21-year-old man who was arrested last week in the beating.

Emilio Romayor was arrested on March 2 on suspicion of attacking Lall. Authorities made the arrest based on an anonymous tip, and they believe he is one of the two men seen nearly being hit by Lall’s car on the surveillance video.
KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

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  1. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.

    Corrupt DOJ employees tamper with my car. Who do they think they are that they can cause a automobile accident only because I complain about being harassed.

    I parked my car at the Noah’s baggle store in Milpitas. While I went inside one blocked view with her car, another watched me inside the store, while another damaged the interior of my car. In the past they have also pried off wheel weights and also put slices in my tires.

  2. Joh Bin says:

    To the commenter, Lee, your story doesn’t make sense, what are wheel weights?

    This story reported doesn’t jive with me either. First it’s a hate crime, now it’s not. Well obviously from watching the now-released video this is not a hate crime. I see a car approaching two people, nearly hitting them.

    When this was FIRST reported, it was framed as a targeted hate crime. The “victim” claims he saw them in the supermarket and it escalated from there.

    This begs a couple questions… If he saw them while in the store, why then did he drive his car around and UP TO THE PEOPLE WHO LATER ATTACKED HIM???

    The attackers were walking away in a slow, calm, manner. Then a car runs up and nearly hits them. Then the attack takes place. There is no audio, so we do not know what words were exchanged.

    There is something fishy about this story. The video tells one side, and the “victim” tells another. Those two do not mesh well. It seems like he left out some details about how (1) he did not drive away from these people, why not? and (2) the glaring omission that he nearly hit two people.

    Hardly a hate crime! If someone nearly hits me with a car I’m going to be upset too. I guess I hate bad drivers.

  3. Joh Bin says:

    To the commenter, Lee, your story doesn’t make sense, what are wheel weights?

    This story reported doesn’t jive with me either. First it’s a hate crime, now it’s not. Well obviously from watching the now-released video this is not a hate crime. I see a car approaching two people, nearly hitting them.

    When this was FIRST reported, it was framed as a targeted hate crime. The “victim” claims he saw them in the supermarket and it escalated from there.

    This begs a couple questions… If he saw them while in the store, why then did he drive his car around and UP TO THE PEOPLE WHO LATER ATTACKED HIM???

    The attackers were walking away in a slow, calm, manner. Then a car runs up and nearly hits them. Then the attack takes place. There is no audio, so we do not know what words were exchanged.

    There is something fishy about this story. The video tells one side, and the “victim” tells another. Those two do not mesh well. It seems like he left out some details about how (1) he did not drive away from these people, why not? and (2) the glaring omission that he nearly hit two people.

    Hardly a hate crime! If someone nearly hits me with a car I’m going to be upset too. I guess I hate bad drivers.

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