Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Failure in the Victim/Location/Everything Identification Process

Thanks to Robb Allen, I found this little gem today:

Man to be sentenced for racial incident

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Tue Dec 13, 2011.
COEUR d'ALENE - Self-proclaimed skinhead Daren C. Abbey got knocked out with one punch by a black man on July 3, after telling the man he didn't belong inside J.D.'s bar or in Bayview at all because of the color of his skin.
On Thursday in 1st District Court, Abbey, 28, agreed to be sentenced on a felony charge of malicious harassment from the short-lived confrontation with Marlon L. Baker, who at the time of the incident was wearing a Spokane Boxing Club Champion T-shirt.

Robb calls this a failure in the victim selection process. There is so much more fail that that going on here.

We just had to find the report of the initial incident, as we live on the north part of Lake Pend Oreille, and Bayview is at the south end. Also, we're familiar with the sheriff's office, local color, and cultural idiosyncrasies of the area.

Let's just get this part out of the way. North Idaho has a rather undeserved reputation for being full of white supremacists. Yes, a few were here and were VERY vocal (kind of like the OWS types) but the community made a concerted effective effort to make them feel... unwelcome. Also, there's a lot of North Idaho Rules in play here (comments in italics of course).

Neo-Nazi harasses wrong guy

Thanks, CDA Press, for stating the obvious.

Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:06 am, Fri Jul 29, 2011.
COEUR d'ALENE - When a Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy informed Daren Abbey that he was under arrest in Bayview over the Fourth of July weekend, Abbey's response was, "What, you're arresting the white man?"

Kootenai County sheriff's deputies are unfailing polite. Unless you say something this stupid of course.

Abbey, a 28-year-old transient whose body is covered in white supremacist tattoos, had just been knocked out by Marlon Baker, 46, whom Abbey is accused of confronting and threatening to stab because of his skin color.

Transient = fail. Confrontation = fail. Everyone knows confronting someone up here is a good way to get your ass kicked.

Abbey remains in Kootenai County jail under a $75,000 bond, charged with malicious harassment, a felony.
Events leading up to Abbey's arrest began when both men were inside J.D.'s Bar in Bayview.

J.D.'s? Really? Well it's not like there's that many options in Bayview, but still, it's very dive-y.

Abbey approached Baker and told Baker he was not welcome at the bar because he is black, reports the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

This is not a good way to start out. Most people are still a little sensitive about being perceived as racist. However, just being an asshole isn't enough of a reason to break the universal rule of the area: don't get involved.

Abbey told Baker he would stab him if he did not leave.
Baker left the bar to avoid a confrontation and walked down to the marina, but Abbey followed him and continued threatening him.

At this point we were asking why no one followed them outside (turns out they did). Rural man rules state that when two men decide to take a confrontation outside, they are allowed to work it out themselves without interference. The corollary to that, of course, is that you go out to watch. Especially when you notice a clue the dumbass somehow managed to miss (like, for example, a t-shirt). Bring popcorn, or your beer.

Baker told investigators that Abbey told him blacks were not welcome in Bayview, and "he had better leave before something happened."

1. No blanket statements for the community please. 2. Threats are universally stupid.

Abbey then poked Baker in the chest, and Baker, feeling threatened and fearful he would be stabbed, delivered a single, closed-fisted punch to Abbey's face.
Baker reported to law enforcement responders that Abbey immediately fell to the ground and did not get up.


Several witnesses support Baker's version of what happened.

See? Rural man rules. No intervention necessary. Right guy won without assistance.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, Abbey was laying on the ground unconscious.

They're used to that. Probably took at least a good 15 minutes for them to show up, IF they happened to be patrolling that area. It's not like there's a lot of them. That's okay, residents are pretty self-sufficient, as shown.

Details of the arrest continue to spread across Internet news sites because Baker was wearing a Spokane Boxing Club shirt when Abbey began threatening him.

.... Moron.

Of course, as if choosing the wrong victim, the wrong location, AND the wrong culture in which to do something so stupid wasn't enough, this little detail in the later article is proof of terminal stupidity:

Abbey, who was from Sacramento, Calif., and was living in Coeur d'Alene as a transient...

The moron's from California? And he thought somehow HE would get the sympathy? 

...suffered facial fractures because of the blow from Baker. 

and the numerous unreported kicks from the witnesses on the scene, upon learning he's from California. Honestly, I'm surprised he wasn't thrown into the marina.

For God's sake, if you decide to pick a stupid fight with an ill-chosen victim, at least ATTEMPT to learn the cultural rules of the area you're in. Also, consider that in a small rural county there's a rather high likelihood your intended "victim" is either 1. carrying, 2. heavily muscled and knows how to use it, and 3. might be related to or friends with someone in the Sheriff''s office. Or possibly all 3.