http://www.redsticknow.com/2013/06/...isappears-with-no-commentary-from-kip-holden/ [video=youtube;lxByAanKcZc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxByAanKcZc&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video] The vicious beating that took place this past Motherâ€™s Day on Plank Rd. has managed to slip into the history books without being deemed an official hate crime by the FBI, without any comment from our Mayor and no disciplinary action to the lead investigator on the case who appears to need a refresher in accurately charging suspects with the proper crime. On May 12, 2013, a family of 3 white people was severely beaten and hospitalized by 3 black people after one of the black people told them that they were in the wrong neighborhood and were not going to make it out. From there the 3 white people, including a 14-year-old female were beaten so severely that 2 of them lost consciousness and all 3 had to be transported to the hospital. The 3 black men that committed this heinous act were all captured a short time after the incident and all confessed to the police about their involvement. The lead investigator on the case, Detective Butler, who is also a black man, arrested Donald Ray Dickerson and charged him with 2nd degree battery. As far as the other 2 assailants, Detective Butler charged them both with simple battery, issued them misdemeanor summonses and sent them on their way. One of the 2 issued a summons, Devin Bessye, was on parole for another crime, according to his Facebook page. Tiger Droppings, a popular local discussion forum, has dug up and posted the information for Bessyeâ€™s parole officer. Bessye was arrested as recently as January of last year by the US Marshalâ€™s Office for unknown reasons. Shortly after the incident social media sites and the internet in general were abuzz demanding an explanation as to how a convicted felon on parole could beat a 14-year-old girl badly enough to send her to the hospital, yet only receive the equivalent of a ticket and be released. Many citizens were outraged that this was not deemed a hate crime and wondered had the shoe been on the other foot would it be investigated as a hate crime. RedStickNow.com received at least 2 anonymous tips which stated that Donald Ray Dickerson admitted to Detective Butler that he used a racial slur towards the victim, but Butler chose to ignore it. Interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Carlton Dabadie released a statement a few days after the incident citing his regret that Detective Butler only issued misdemeanor summonses to 2 of the assailants. The chief described this as an â€œerror in judgementâ€ as opposed to a detective who simply doesnâ€™t know the description of the statute for 2nd degree battery or, perhaps, a detective that has more of an interest in downplaying violent crimes committed by certain perpetrators. The Baton Rouge Police Dept has obviously chosen not to take any disciplinary action against Detective Butler, which translates to this Department being tolerant of officers that are assigned to specialized divisions yet do not possess the skill to perform their job correctly and determine which crime has actually been committed. Second Degree Battery, the same crime that Detective Butler charged Dickerson with, is very easily defined as a battery when the offender intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury . The State statute goes on to describe serious bodily injury as â€bodily injury which involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement.â€ When a 25-year-old man repeatedly punches and kicks a 14-year-old girl knocking her to the ground and sending her to the hospital, its pretty safe to say that passes the smell test for serious bodily injury, but not for Detective Butler of the BRPD. To him that is simple battery, which is what you could legally be charged with for merely touching another person without their consent. Given all the negative press about Baton Rouge that this incident has generated across the nation with its racially motivated implications and pure violent nature, we were very surprised that our own Mayor, Kip Holden, did not even take a moment and share a few words relative to either the incident or the poor handling of the incident by the investigating detective. For a guy who ran for Mayor last year and claims that â€œCrime is not out of controlâ€œ, this comes as a complete surprise. Then again, for a guy who has reached his term limit as Mayor, perhaps its not so shocking.