The Weekly's intrepid investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley and I were confused when word came down today that a white supremacist had been sentenced to eight years in prison for an unprovoked assault on a black male outside a Costa Mesa store last December.
Last December? Didn't that incident happen a few years ago?
Turns out we were confusing our unprovoked assaults by white supremacists on black males outside stores in OC's first "Rule of Law City."
See, 23-year-old white supremacist Ronald Bray of Huntington Beach punched the face of an African American man who was confined to a wheelchair outside a Costa Mesa convenience store in 2006. (See here.)
White supremacist Ronald Allen Bramlett is 65, his victim was a 16-year-old black boy and they were outside a CVS Pharmacy at 1835 Newport Blvd.
The kid and three friends were standing outside there about 8 p.m. Dec. 29 when Bramlett, whom the group did not know, approached and called the 16-year-old derogatory racial names, including "dirty nigger."
The white-trash transient also claimed to be a member of a white supremacist gang and that, as such, the 16-year-old had no right to look at him because he has blond hair and blue eyes.
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A witness intervened and tried to stand between the boy and Bramlett, telling the old cracker to back off. But Bramlett instead challenged the 16-year-old to a fight, whipped out a knife and threatened the lad by saying, "I'm going to cut you up into little pieces, boy."
Fortunately, the 16-year-old got out of there, the witness' wife called police and Bramlett was arrested at a nearby store.
Hey, maybe it was Bray's convenience store.
Guess we better get used to the confusion when it comes to cases like this: Costa Mesa cops let it slip during reporting on the first assault that several white supremacist gangs operate in Rule of Lawsville.