District Attorney Decides to Not Prosecute Alleged Hate Crime

Sage Frank and his mother April stand in front of the Shasta Lake City convenience store near their home where swastikas were painted hours after the attack on Frank by an alleged white supremacist. Photo by Marc Dadigan.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office has decided to not prosecute Shasta County resident Charles Petrisevac, 36, for alleged hate crimes against Sage Frank, an 18-year-old American Indian.

The district attorney office decision followed a two-week investigation into the incident that occurred on Aug. 23, said Kelly Kafel, senior deputy district attorney.

Kafel told anewscafe that no charges will be filed against Petrisevac nor Frank, who accused the alleged white supremacist of “sucker punching” him and yelling racist slurs at him.

The district attorney’s office received the case with instructions to consider potential charges against both Frank and Petrisevac.

“We performed a complete review of all the documents,” Kafel said.

She added that for the crime to fit the legal hate-crime definition, it must be motivated by race, or it is not considered a civil rights violation.

“There has to be a specific intent to violate the victim’s civil rights,” Kafel said.

“Our job is to ferret out the truth, even if it doesn’t follow popular opinion.”

Click here for a link to a story by reporter Valerie Taliman in “Indian Country – Today Media.com” about the incident.

Bill Siemer grew up on a farm in Lassen County, played basketball at Shasta JC, went to Vietnam, became a newspaper reporter and then a lawyer and now considers himself a champion of the story that needs to be told. He lives on the bank of the river and takes pictures.

Bill Siemer
Bill Siemer grew up on a farm in Lassen County, played basketball at Shasta JC, went to Vietnam, became a newspaper reporter and then a lawyer and now considers himself a champion of the story that needs to be told. He lives on the bank of the river and takes pictures.
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6 Responses

  1. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    Are assault & battery still crimes?

  2. Avatar name says:

    Hmm – "racist slurs" swastikas are not a hate crime? Is cross burning legit now too?

    Seems like the DA is only taking the easy cases…

  3. Avatar Kim says:

    I agree. Someone needs to define what constitues a "hate crime." Does anyone wonder why hate crimes are likely under-reported. When verbal racial slurs and symbolism aren't enough, what is?

  4. Avatar Guenn says:

    how very disappointing.

  5. Avatar James May says:

    DA is a racist, DA will not prosecute any crimes against Indians. You can steal from Native Owned businesses and rest assured that you will not be prosecuted. But if your brown lay on the grown and hope they don't shoot your going to jail.