A new hate crime hoax has surfaced in Buffalo, New York, and is one of a number in a string of hoaxes following the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Clifton Eutsey, 18, claims to have been a victim of a hate crime with his BMW X5 spray-painted with homophobic and racist slurs, including the N-word and a series of anti-Black Lives Matter messages. In addition, the alleged perpetrator spraypainted a message supportive of President Donald Trump and the letters “KKK.”The alleged perpetrator also put sugar in the purported victim’s gas tank.
Following reports of the apparent hate crime, WGRZ reported that it reached out to the Erie County Republican officials requesting comment due to the message in support of President Trump.
In the month following the initial story, which made local media headlines, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that Eutsey is now being charged with multiple crimes in relation to the alleged hate crime.
WGRZ reported that Eutsey was charged with:
● Insurance Fraud in the Third Degree, a Class “D” felony
● Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor
● Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor
● Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor
Eutsey faces up to 7 years in prison for the crimes and is set to report to court on January 11, 2021. He has since posted bail and was released from bail following his arrest.
In an unrelated incident, Eutsey faces another felony charge, according to WGRZ.
“It is alleged that on October 24, at 9:00 p.m., Buffalo Police officers saw Eutsey leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running outside of a home on Erskine Avenue,” the outlet reported. “Eutsey returned and drove the vehicle on Erskine Avenue toward Suffolk Street when he was stopped by Buffalo Police. Officers allegedly found he was driving without a license and had two loaded, illegal firearms on his person, according to investigators.”
“He was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche on two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Class ‘C’ violent felonies. He was also charged with vehicle and traffic law violations for driving without a license and leaving a motor vehicle unattended,” WGRZ continued.
The most prominent case of the hate crime hoax trend involves “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, whose career went off the rails when he manufactured a hate crime hoax against himself, involving two Nigerians in MAGA hats, a noose, and a bottle of bleach.