The Changing Face of “Hate Crimes”

Those are the words Kevin Raspberry used to describe the hateful ordeal he lived through on Saturday night. Raspberry was beaten, kicked and smacked repeatedly with a bamboo stalk in a Logan Heights alley.

His attacker is still on the loose.

Raspberry says he was walking by the trolley stop off Imperial Avenue when a man walked up to him and began violently beating him for no reason.

“Put a big knot right here on my eye, and kicked me,” he said. “And I was knocked out, and I don’t remember anything else.”

Police said while it happened, the attacker used racial epithets to express his dislike of African-Americans.  The suspect left the area but returned a short time later.

“How could this happen to me I wasn’t doing nothing to anybody?” Raspberry said.

The 56-year-old was hospitalized with several injuries. He got out of the hospital Monday night with two black eyes, a torn ear and an aching leg.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot-5 inches to 5-foot, 8-inches tall, clean shaven, wearing a blue hat, blue t-shirt, blue shorts and low top shoes. He had two tattoos on both calves, possibly an “S” and “D.”