A Canadian family stands accused of committing a hate crime against itself, attacking its own business with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and Maxim Berent, 29, have all been charged with public mischief after telling Canadian officers swastikas had been drawn on the walls of their restaurant,” according to Daily Mail.
The family owned the BerMax Caffé in Winnipeg.
All three told police that one of the owners was assaulted while alleged neo-Nazis busted into the store and graffitied the walls. The story turned out to be completely false, with police calling it “the most brazen” hate crime hoax in the city’s history.
The family denies that it committed the attack against itself.
“We didn’t, because we don’t joke about swastikas on our walls,” one family member said. “My grandmother’s family, they died in the Holocaust. Just her and her little brother survived, the whole family. We don’t joke about that.”
Another family member spoke out, too.
“We didn’t do it,” he said. “We had no reason to do it. This is not good for our Jewish community, this is not good for us.”
Hate crime hoaxes have been at the forefront of political debate since “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was accused of staging a hate hoax against himself. He was charged with 16 felonies, which were subsequently dropped under mysterious circumstances.
Chicago Police were outraged when prosecutors let Smollett off the hook.
Big League Politics reported:
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and a group of suburban police chiefs joined together on Thursday to give a vote of no confidence to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office let Obama-connected actor Jussie Smollett walk with no charges after he lied to police to create a hate hoax.
“People standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx’s lack of prosecution has cost our members and police officers … an enormous amount of problems,” FOP President Kevin Graham said. “Not to mention the fact that the people in Cook County are depending on prosecutors to put people in jail and charge them accordingly.”
Graham joined a group of roughly 30 suburban police leaders in calling on Foxx to resign. She has no plans to do so and continues to deny any wrongdoing despite pulling this miscarriage of justice in broad daylight.
“I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice,” Foxx said in a public statement. “I’m proud of my record in doing that, and I plan to do so through the end of my term and, if the people so will it, into the future.”
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