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    Authorities Determine Wisconsin Hate Crime Never Occurred

    Authorities Determine Wisconsin Hate Crime Never Occurred

    Bernstein told her story on Good Morning America, the NFL celebrated her, and Meghan Markle called her.
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    Althea Bernstein, 18, of Madison, WI, claimed four white men spewed racial slurs at her, threw lighter fluid on her, and set her on fire.

    Authorities determined no such incident occurred.

    This crap really ticks me off. No wonder so many people have doubts when people cry hate crime.

    Bernstein told her story on Good Morning America, the NFL celebrated her, and Meghan Markle called her.

    A thorough investigation found that no one attacked Bernstein. The Madison Police Department stated:

    The Madison Police Department dedicated significant resources to this case. The investigation was led by the MPD Violent Crime Unit, with support from the Forensic Services Unit and Central District. Detectives conducted numerous interviews, reviewed extensive video, and analyzed physical/digital evidence during the course of the investigation. MPD was assisted in these efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

    Case findings were also reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Both independently evaluated the facts and reached the same conclusion as MPD.

    The MPD released the case documents and photos along with a timeline, statements, and video of the timeline.

    Reporting officer Bailey Olson could not find any evidence while reviewing city cameras. Bernstein could not provide “exactly which street she was driving on when she came to the red light” nor could she recall the exact time.

    Olson could not “locate Bernstein or the four male subjects described by Bernstein on city cameras in the area or time that Bernstein stated the incident occurred.”

    From NBC15:

    The Madison Police Dept. noted that it “dedicated significant resources” to investigating Bernstein’s allegation, with detectives conducting numerous interviews, reviewing video, and analyzing physical and digital evidence.

    “I think when you look at the materials and sort of the summary timeline that we provided, that really speaks for itself, but we weren’t obviously able to determine what did happen so there certainly were questions that we weren’t able to answer during this investigation,” Acting Madison PD Chief Vic Wahl told NBC15.

    A statement from MPD stated Bernstein “was treated with dignity and respect at all times during the course of the investigation.” It also released a statement attributed to her family thanking police for their efforts.

    “Althea Bernstein and her family appreciate the detailed investigative efforts by all involved in this case. Althea’s injuries are healing and the support of our community has been invaluable in that regard. We continue to maintain our family privacy and will not be granting interviews at this time,” the statement read.


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    Arminius | October 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    The police statement about “insufficient evidence” is a little unsatisfying but I suspect there’s a reason for that.

    To review, the pertinent details of the “hate crime” she reported to police:

    “Althea Bernstein had told police that on June 24th at around 1:00 a.m., she was stopped at a red light in Madison when she heard someone yell a racial slur and a group of four men appeared and starting dousing her with lighter fluid through the open window in her car.”

    But the area she reported the attack is well covered by city surveillance cameras as well as private security cameras to which the police have access. She’s not on any of those cameras. Neither are her purported assailants.

    In fact, the only surveillance camera video of Althea Bernstein and her car (BTW the arson dog found no trace of lighter fluid in it) at around 1:00 a.m. is from Middleton WI, which is seven miles away. She’s sitting in her car at a stoplight with the windows rolled up (detail’s in the linked article).

    Around 1:00 a.m., remember. Around being the operative word. All times are approximate.

    Still, it looks like SOMETHING happened to her. She does have burns on her face. The hospital did treat her for burns as opposed to kicking her out for lying about being injured. How, pray tell, could she have gotten those marks on her face?

    Hmm. Tis a complete mystery. A befuddlement. Perhaps some other event, perhaps even a completely different crime, could solve the riddle. And perhaps the police are waiting until they have sufficient evidence of that other crime to issue a more satisfying statement.

    “…About 1 a.m. Wednesday June 24, a man tossed a firebomb into the City County Building, 211 S. Carroll St., which houses the 911 call center, the Madison Police Department and other city and county offices. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the firebomber…

    All sarcasm aside, Althea Bernstein looks like the special kind of stupid who’d file an obviously false police report imagining that such a fraud would throw the local, state and fed LEOs off her trail. She also looks like the special stupid is strong in her, strong enough that if she thinks if she lies about being the victim of a RACIAL!! HATE!! CRIME!! she can’t be charged with being a leftist arsonist.

    Ralph Wiggum | October 7, 2020 at 3:09 am

    She probably spilled a buffet steam tray on herself while trying to take it back to her table.

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