Congratulations to Madison, Wisconsin’s 17-year-old Jay’von R. Flemming, who earned a “battery as a hate crime” charge when, on Sunday, he and two others began teasing an 18-year-old man on a public transit bus about being gay. When Flemming got up to exit the bus, he punched the man; the assault was captured on the bus’ security camera. Why the attack? Well it seems Flemming and his victim lived in the same foster home back in 2009, and Flemming had told him if he ever spotted the man outside the foster home he’d “hit him in the mouth.”
According to the police report:
The victim is gay, and has been bullied in the past by one of three teens who taunted him on the bus. He did not know the other two, and says all three boarded the bus he was on sometime around 5:00 p.m. As the trio left the bus at Alhambra Place, one punched the victim in the ear, while the teen with whom the victim is acquainted delivered a blow to the nose. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The MPD has tentatively identified one suspect, but he has not been located.