A black man was arrested in Aurora, Colorado and is facing charges for a hate crime, and attempted murder after stabbing a white man walking down the street.
The arrest affidavit said that Steve Sinclair, 30, stabbed Michael Conner, 29, who appeared to be running away from him, and apparently tried to fight back with a stick.
Witnesses say that prior to the stabbing, Sinclair approached Conner and said “I’m going to kill you and your dog.” CBS Denver reported that multiple witnesses saw the attack, and confirmed that Sinclair attacked Conner while he was running away.
Conner told police while at the hospital that Sinclair shouted “Black Lives Matter” prior to stabbing him.
Conner was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries, including a collapsed lung.
The victim suffered serious injuries, and his family told CBS Denver that he is not able to work for the next 6 weeks while recovering. A GoFundMe campaign has been created to help the family, as Conner was their main provider.
Records from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation described the hate crime charge as “felony ethnic intimidation”.
The first officer on the scene reported that Sinclair continued to say “Black Lives Matter” to police when they arrived. The officer also reported that Sinclair refused to sit down, had his hands up and said “I stabbed him, I’m a psychopath”.
Sinclair also reportedly insisted that police should shoot him, though he was arrested without incident.
Why was he asking officers to shoot him? Was he just a mentally unwell person, or was he trying to be the next martyr for the Black Lives Matter cause?
New polls have shown that support for the Black Lives Matter movement has been declining steadily, most likely due to the riots.
Another Black Lives Matter Attack
Sinclair was not the only attacker this week to use Black Lives Matter as a justification for unprovoked violence against a white person.
A video was uploaded to Instagram earlier this week, captioned “white lives don’t matter”. In the video, a black man can be seen sneaking up behind an older white man who is walking down the street, minding his own business. He then smashes what appears to be a brick over the man’s head, knocking him out.
A man and a woman can be heard in the video laughing at the incident. It is unclear whether they were involved, or whether they just happened to witness the hate crime.
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh shared the video on Twitter (warning, graphic content):
The man who uploaded this video to Instagram is @ traysavage_. He captions it “white lives don’t matter.” I don’t know if this scumbag is the guy who carried out the attack or if he just found the video. He’s a scumbag either way. pic.twitter.com/8T5erjyKRk
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 31, 2020
A “concerned citizen” called the police and said that they heard two men arguing, then one man hit the other in the head with a brick. The statement about an argument occurring is being questioned, as it is not shown in the video of the incident.
When police arrived on scene, the man was nowhere to be found. All that was left on the sidewalk was a pool of blood. The victim still has not been located.
Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello made a statement about the incident: “It should go without saying that the complete depravity to human life illustrated in this video is absolutely disgusting and should be investigate[d] and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”