This past June, 15-year-old Jason Gardener was severely beaten near his home in New Haven, Indiana. Before blacking out from the punches and kicks, Jason clearly heard his assailants call him the “N-word”, and yelling “Go back to Africa where you came from”. The assailants weren’t charged with a hate crime, because Indiana is one of 5 states that doesn’t have hate crime legislation on the books. And the family’s search for justice only exposed them to more racism from their community.
BuzzFeed reporter Albert Samaha joins Morning Shift to talk about the story and what the lack of hate crime laws mean for Hoosiers looking for relief from the police and the courts.