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Huntington Beach Police Department & Orange County District Attorney Press Release



WESTMINSTER – A transient Caucasian man has been charged with a hate crime battery and assault for yelling racial slurs at a Hispanic woman, spitting on her, and trying to run her over with his bicycle. Jonathan Michael Schmidt, 31, transient, is charged with two felony counts of hate crime battery and one felony count of hate crime assault.Schmidt has a prior prison conviction for false imprisonment in 2003. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison. The People will be requesting Schmidt be held on $50,000 bail at his arraignment this afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at the West Justice Center in Westminster. The time and Department are to be determined.

At approximately 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2011, 36-year-old Jane Doe and her sister were stopped at a stop sign in Huntington Beach near Main Street in a car driven by Jane Doe on their way to a chocolate shop. The victim and her sister are Hispanic.

Schmidt is accused of riding on his bicycle and approaching the open driver’s side window of the victim’s stopped vehicle. The defendant and the victim do not know each other. Schmidt is accused of yelling racial slurs and profanity at the victim including, “F****** Mexican, go back to Mexico.” Without provocation, he is accused of then spitting in Jane Doe’s face through the open window.

Jane Doe drove away and reached her destination a short distance later. She parked her car and the victim and her sister got out. While outside of the vehicle, Schmidt is accused of again riding up to Jane Doe and yelling more racial slurs and profanity before spitting on the victim’s back. Schmidt is accused of riding away and returning moments later. He is accused of riding his bicycle directly at Jane Doe, forcing her to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

The Huntington Beach Police Department, who investigated this case, responded and arrested Schmidt at the scene. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.


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16 thoughts on “White transient charged with hate crime for attacking a Latina in H.B.”
  1. He does not look too white to me.

    I am sure he would not pass Adolf Hitler’s standard.

    Hate crime?

    Gave me a break.

    I am waiting when Mexican will get arrested for hating the white.

    May be these demonstrations will resolve the hate crime crapola too!

  2. The Justice department has wide latitude in how they comply with the Hate Crime Statistics Act. Accordingly, it has bent the data toward its own ends by omitting categories for ethnic offenders. Thus, Hispanics cannot be hate criminals, only hate victims. When a Hispanic commits a hate crime, he is counted as white. When he is a victim, he becomes Hispanic. In this way the FBI pads the number of white offenders.

    In a similar manner Admin. flip-flops between categorizing himself as either white (caucasian) or hispanic – depending on whose ox he next intends to gore.

  3. I never said any of those things – and as I have told you before dipsh*t – leave my family out any of this.

  4. Admin. said: ” is your wife really “Spanish,” as you have said, or is she really just another Mexicana?”

    You have identified yourself as a xenophobe Admin.

  5. As I said before …. never mind – you are hopeless and a dumb-f*ck and a real piece of sh*t. Please do not sanitize my comment this time.

  6. American Heritage Dictionary:


    A native or inhabitant of Mexico.

    Of or relating to Mexico or its people, language, or culture

    English Dictionarywww.dictionaryboss.com


    adj. 1. Of or relating to Spain or its people or culture.
    2. Of or relating to the Spanish language.
    n. 1. The Romance language of the largest part of Spain and most of Central and South America.
    2.(used with a pl. verb) The people of Spain.

    American Heritage Dictionary:



    adj. 1. Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America.
    2. Of or relating to a Spanish-speaking people or culture.
    n. 1. A Spanish-speaking person.
    2. A U.S. citizen or resident of Latin-American or Spanish descent.

    [Latin Hispānicus, from Hispānia, Spain.]

    USAGE NOTE Though often used interchangeably in American English, Hispanic and Latino are not identical terms, and in certain contexts the choice between them can be significant. Hispanic, from the Latin word for “Spain,” has the broader reference, potentially encompassing all Spanish-speaking peoples in both hemispheres and emphasizing the common denominator of language among communities that sometimes have little else in common. Latino-which in Spanish means “Latin” but which as an English word is probably a shortening of the Spanish word latinoamericano-refers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin. Of the two, only Hispanic can be used in referring to Spain and its history and culture; a native of Spain residing in the United States is a Hispanic, not a Latino, and one cannot substitute Latino in the phrase the Hispanic influence on native Mexican cultures without garbling the meaning. In practice, however, this distinction is of little significance when referring to residents of the United States, most of whom are of Latin American origin and can theoretically be called by either word. • A more important distinction concerns the sociopolitical rift that has opened between Latino and Hispanic in American usage. For a certain segment of the Spanish-speaking population, Latino is a term of ethnic pride and Hispanic a label that borders on the offensive. According to this view, Hispanic lacks the authenticity and cultural resonance of Latino, with its Spanish sound and its ability to show the feminine form Latina when used of women. Furthermore, Hispanic-the term used by the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies-is said to bear the stamp of an Anglo establishment far removed from the concerns of the Spanish-speaking community. While these views are strongly held by some, they are by no means universal, and the division in usage seems as related to geography as it is to politics, with Latino widely preferred in California and Hispanic the more usual term in Florida and Texas. Even in these regions, however, usage is often mixed, and it is not uncommon to find both terms used by the same writer or speaker. See Usage Notes at Chicano.

  7. Hate crime
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.[1]

    A hate crime is a legal category used to described bias-motivated violence: “assault, injury, and murder on the basis of certain personal characteristics: different appearance, different color, different nationality, different language, different religion.”[2]

    “Hate crime” generally refers to criminal acts that are seen to have been motivated by bias against one or more of the types above, or of their derivatives. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail).[3]

    A hate crime law is a law intended to prevent bias-motivated violence. Hate crime laws are distinct from laws against hate speech in that hate crime laws enhance the penalties associated with conduct that is already criminal under other laws, while hate speech laws criminalize speech

  8. White people
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    White people (also called ‘Caucasian’) is a term which usually refers to human beings characterized, at least in part, by the light pigmentation of their skin. Rather than a straightforward description of skin color, the term white denotes a specific set of ethnic groups and functions as a color metaphor for race.

    The most used definition of a “white person” is a person of European ancestry.[1] However, the definition of a “white person” differs according to geographical and historical context, and various social constructions of whiteness have had implications in terms of national identity, consanguinity, public policy, religion, population statistics, racial segregation, affirmative action, eugenics, racial marginalization and racial quotas. The concept has been applied with varying degrees of formality and internal consistency in disciplines including: sociology, politics, genetics, biology, medicine, biomedicine, language, culture, and law.

    White skin:

    Map of indigenous skin color distribution in the world based on Von Luschan’s chromatic scale.
    White people are archetypically distinguished by light skin. Europeans have lighter skin (as measured by population average skin reflectance read by spectrophotometer at A685) than any other group that was measured. Southern Europeans (measures taken from Spaniards) show a skin pigmentation in parts of the body not exposed to the sun similar to that of Northern Europeans and, in some cases, even lighter.[26] While all mean values of skin reflectance of non-European populations are lower than Europeans for the groups represented in this study, there is significant overlap between populations.[27] This observation has been noted by the Supreme Court of the United States, which stated in a 1923 lawsuit over whiteness that the “swarthy brunette[s] … are darker than some of the lighter hued persons of the brown or yellow races”.[28] The epidermis of light skinned people is not white nor free of pigment. The underlying layers of collagen and adipose tissue are white in people of all races. In lightly pigmented people, the epidermis is an almost transparent layer of film. Consequently the epidermis allows the underlying white tissues to become visible.[29] Blood vessels interlaced between the adipose tissue produce the pale pink color associated with light skin. Pigments known as carotenes found in the fat produce a more yellow effect. In darker skinned people the epidermis is filled with melanosomes that obscure the underlying layers.[30][31][32]

    Origins of light skin:

    The main hypotheses which attempt to account for white skin suggest it is an adaptation to inadequate ultraviolet radiation. As humans moved out of the tropics, a conspicuous latitude gradient of skin tones follows the out of Africa dispersion, it is argued natural selection for sufficient ultraviolet penetration to enable vitamin D production gave rise to the evolution of skin pigmentation by the mechanism of evolution by natural selection. Deleterious health effects of insufficient vitamin D are also pointed to as confirmation that skin lightening was in response to strong selection pressure for maximizing vitamin D.[33][34][35] A variation of the vitamin D argument is that humans lived in Europe for several thousand years without their skin lightening and that it only became white after they adopted agriculture.[33][36] It is suggested that in Europe the latitude permitted enough synthesis of vitamin D combined with hunting for health, only when agriculture was adopted was there a need for lighter skin to maximize the synthesis of vitamin D , therefore it is suggested the elimination of game meat, fish, and some plants from the diet resulted in skin turning white several thousand years after modern human settlement in Europe.[37][38]

    Skin color is a quantitative trait that varies continuously on a gradient from dark to light, as it is a polygenic trait, under the influence of several genes. KITLG[39] and ASIP[40] have been found responsible for skin colour variation between sub-Saharan Africans and non-African populations. SLC45A2,[41] TYR[42] and SLC24A5[43] have been positively shown to account for a substantial fraction of the difference in melanin units between Europeans and Africans, while DCT,[44] MC1R[45] and ATRN[41] have been statistically indicated as possible sources for skin tone differences in East Asian populations.

    A 2006 study concluded that light pigmentation in European and Asian populations evolved independently of each other via different genetic mechanisms, meaning that light skin probably arose some time after the initial migration out of Africa after the separation of the M and N mtDNA haplogroups.[46] The mutation resulting in the light skin version of the SLC24A5 gene has been estimated to have originated in Europe between 6,000 and 12,000 years ago, indicating that at least one of the genes responsible for pale skin colour in Europeans arose relatively recently.[47]

    Mutations in the MC1R gene have been shown to cause variations in human hair colour and skin tones such as red hair and pale skin that doesn’t tan. Studies have shown no evidence of positive selection for these alleles in modern day humans, and they do not appear to be associated with the evolution of fair skin in current European populations.[41][48]

  9. On the census forms, Mexican-Americans are of the white race category.

    But in answering the question of race, everyone was allowed to write in what they considered their race.

    1. Yes you did. I remember it very clearly. As you are a viejito I assume that you are simply exhibiting normal forgetfulness. Try fish oil pills.

      Now are you going to answer the question? Is your wife a Mexicana? Or did she really come here all the way from Spain?

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