posted on Jul, 11 2011 @ 10:50 AM
Gotta love hate crimes...but this one also includes the worse form of police brutally too...
Full Story here
Johnny and Lisa Bonta, a Native family from the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, became the latest victims of a hate crime on May 24 when they were
attacked at a gas station along I-80 in Fernley, Nevada, a border town between the Fallon and Pyramid Lake Indian reservations.
“I was pumping gas at Quick Stop on our way to Reno to look for another job when these skinheads in a blue car drove by real slow and checked us
out. The driver jumped out with a baseball bat, and I asked them ‘why you holding a bat?” said Bonta. “He said ‘let’s do this’ and tried
to pick a fight. I don’t know how to explain what happened—we didn’t do anything to them.”
Trying to avoid the confrontation Bonta gets his family back in the car and off they drive... yup you guessed it, those skin heads were hot on their
heels. before they could make it to the freeway on-ramp, and safety those skinheads cut Bonta off forcing him to crash into them...
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” said Lisa Bonta, in an
interview from Washoe Medical Center, where she was in treatment for seizures she suffers.
Now this fight broke out at 1pm just as people were returning from lunch, on the side of a very busy interstate mind you... No One... stopped to
Lisa and her daughter, Alyssa, were terrified watching the brutal and bloody fight as her unarmed husband and son-in-law tried to fight off the
three young men in their 20s.
“I saw one of them hit my husband in the head with a bat, and the other one was trying to cut off his braid with a knife. Johnny was covered in
blood and they just kept hitting him with a crow bar. They even tried to slit his throat,” she added.
Lisa Bonta is outraged that their attackers were all released at the scene of the crime and were not charged despite the fact they bragged about it on
Facebook on May 24, the day of the attack.
Johnny Bonta, (Lisa's Husband) bleeding and barely standing after being hit in the knees with a bat, was arrested on the scene and taken to jail. He
said he was not allowed medical treatment for six days while he was in the county jail, all the while uncertain about what charges had been filed
At first they said there was a bench warrant for an unpaid $367 fine, and when we made arrangements to pay that, they charged him with battery
with a deadly weapon, even though it was those boys who had the weapons. The booking papers say we owe $30,367.00. ”
The Bontas said since this happened, at least four other Native families have told them they too were harassed and attacked by skinheads in nearby
border towns. But people told her they don’t report the incidents because they don’t believe police will help them. These follow an April 2010
attack on Vincent Kee, Navajo, in Farmington, New Mexico, where three men took Kee from a McDonald’s and shaved a swastika symbol on the back of his
head and branded him with the symbol using a coat hanger.
Since the story broke supporters have started a petition at
Governor of Nevada to address the situation along with other hate crimes in Nevada. A Facebook page was also created in support of the Bonta
family.Justice for Johnny Bonta and Family