On Friday, June 26, ABC’s Good Morning America and World Information Tonight boasted an “unique” report of an alleged “hate crime” in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. A biracial teenage lady claimed to have been doused with gasoline although her automotive window and set on fireplace. Althea Bernstein’s case drew extra consideration after she received a phone call from Meghan Markle. Rep. Joe Kennedy spoke about it on the Home ground. Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted “these injustices should finish.”
Now it seems police cannot discover any proof to corroborate the costs right here. Will ABC make amends for this? Discover how this Alex Perez report would not embrace the phrase “alleged.” Why do they at all times rush to consider the worst?
ALEX PEREZ: 18-year-old Althea Bernstein says she was on her solution to her brother’s home round 1:00 AM Wednesday morning. She says she was stopped at a purple mild and listening to music when she heard somebody yell the N-word. Based on the police report her driver aspect window was down and he or she heard somebody yell out a racial epithet. She regarded and noticed 4 males all white. She says one used a twig bottle to deploy a liquid on her face and neck after which threw a flaming lighter at her inflicting the liquid to ignite. She drove ahead and patted out the flames.
ALTHEA BERNSTEIN: I do not even like bear in mind something, however your mind nonetheless has that battle or flight response that takes care of you so I made it house. I referred to as my mother. I went to the, I drove myself to the ER.
ALEX PEREZ: Now an lively and ongoing investigation, Madison’s Mayor saying whereas we’re nonetheless studying extra concerning the particulars, present data suggests this may increasingly have been a premeditated crime focused towards folks of shade, which makes the incident much more disturbing.
ALTHEA BERNSTEIN: It is undoubtedly a studying alternative and I am very, very hopeful that these males type of see all of the responses and that they know that they damage me. And that that is one thing that’s going to have an effect on me for some time, and I actually hope that they select to enhance themselves.
ALEX PEREZ: And authorities say they’re reviewing surveillance pictures from close by cameras hoping for any clues which may assist them monitor down the attackers. Cecilia?
An exhaustive search of video from city- and privately owned surveillance cameras, nevertheless, turned up no proof of the assault, and the investigation recognized a quantity inconsistencies in Bernstein’s story…
A evaluate of 17 metropolis cameras within the Downtown space from 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. discovered no teams of white males matching Bernstein’s descriptions.
Police additionally didn’t discover any fireplace injury within the [Hyundai] Elantra, in accordance with police studies, and a canine educated to smell out accelerants didn’t discover proof of them of within the automotive.
A forensic evaluation of the shirt she reported carrying on the time of the assault did flip up proof of a “medium petroleum distillate,” akin to charcoal lighter, some paint thinners or an natural solvent, in accordance with the police investigation. However no such proof was discovered on the shorts she was reportedly carrying on the time, nor on swabs taken of the car.
The police investigation additionally discovered proof that Bernstein had her window rolled up on the time of the alleged assault and hadn’t stopped at stoplights the place it might need occurred. It additionally decided she had been driving in a unique lane than she instructed police and was unsure about the place precisely the incident occurred.
File this away for when ABC reporters snarkily declare the Republicans are making expenses “with out proof.”
Sexton says it is apparent the cops and the FBI do not consider this assault ever occurred, however there are not any plans to cost Bernstein with submitting a false report. Her household is now refusing to speak to the media, placing out this assertion:
“Althea Bernstein and her household respect the detailed investigative efforts by all concerned on this case. Althea’s accidents are therapeutic and the assist of our neighborhood has been invaluable in that regard. We proceed to keep up our household privateness and won’t be granting interviews presently.”