Federal investigators together with state and local law enforcement spent hundreds of hours investigating Althea Bernstein’s claim she was attacked by four racist white men and found no evidence to back her story up but tons to suggest she lied about the attack.
Rather than charge Bernstein for wasting hundreds of police man-hours which could have been spent tackling the Black Lives Matter crime wave the feds are simply dropping the case.
This is what real “privilege” looks like.
Althea Bernstein claimed 4 white racists set her on fire in Madison, Wisc. An extensive investigation involving federal, state & local investigators failed to corroborate her shocking claims. She’s not commenting now & her family asks for privacy #HateHoax https://t.co/3dsTGkOU5L pic.twitter.com/KuRUeXEgbr
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 2, 2020
CASE CLOSED: On June 24, Althea Bernstein said she was lit on fire by 4 white men while sitting in her car at a red light in downtown Madison.
Today, detectives say they were unable to corroborate her story or locate any evidence consistent with what she reported. pic.twitter.com/QJSUEdeBjE
— Brittney Ermon (@Brittney_NBC15) October 2, 2020
Detectives were unable to find any surveillance video that shows the alleged attack taking place, but they did find footage indicating [Althea Bernstein] wasn’t in the city at the time she says she was attacked, according to investigative reports.
Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she was attacked by four white men while driving through a protest in downtown Madison around 1 a.m. on June 24. Bernstein said she was stopped at a red light when she heard someone yell a racial slur [the N-word] and one of the men sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open window and threw a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire.
She drove away, put out the flames, and was treated for burns at a hospital, she said.
A team of federal, state and local investigators probed the allegations as a possible hate crime. On Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Madison issued a statement saying the investigation was closed without charges filed.
The statement said investigators conducted extensive interviews as well as an exhaustive review of traffic and surveillance cameras as well as digital and forensic evidence, and couldn’t establish that the attack occurred.
[…] Madison police on Friday released more than 150 pages of reports detailing the investigation. Traffic and surveillance camera footage shows Bernstein’s vehicle stopped only once and that no one was around the car. The footage also shows that her window was closed throughout and that she was traveling in the right lane, not the left as she told investigators.
None of the cameras picked up a group of four white men that matched Bernstein’s descriptions, the reports said.
But footage does show her in Middleton, a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Madison, just before 1 a.m. GPS data from her phone corroborates that as her location, the reports said.
An arson dog found no trace of a lighter or other incendiary device in her car and investigators found the car wasn’t damaged. Tests did reveal a substance consistent with lighter fluid on her shirt, however, and her medical records indicate she was treated for burns hours after the attack allegedly happened.
When confronted by Detective Justine Harris in August, Bernstein said she didn’t understand why there wasn’t any evidence of the attack. She said she was worried about what might happen when the reports were made public, saying she had been threatened on social media and that investigators were treating her like a suspect.
“She stated, ‘I know what happened to me,’” Harris wrote.
What a joke.
Here’s the full report.
She should be criminally charged and thrown in prison for this hoax. Instead, in a few years she will be canonized as a victim of white racism just like Mike Brown.
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