QuoteReplyTopic: 'I'm going to hang you from a tree' Posted: Sep 12 2013 at 10:23am
Man charged with hate crime: 'I'm going to hang you from a tree'
By Rosemary Regina Sobol, Tribune reporter
A Norwood Park man has
been charged with a hate crime after he jumped off his porch and yelled
racial slurs as he chased a woman who works at a nearby hospital,
according to police.
Tom Diamond was also charged with
misdemeanor assault after the incident Saturday evening. In a Cook
County Bond Court hearing today, he was ordered held in lieu of $150,000
bail, said Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra
The woman said she had just finished a 12-hour shift at
Presence Resurrection Medical Center and was walking to a Mexican
restaurant nearby around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The woman said she had
planned on bringing her meal back to the hospital when she was
confronted by Diamond outside his home in the 5800 block of North Oketo
Avenue, she said.
"Hey you stupid black n----- b----, how does it
feel to walk in an all-white neighborhood?" Diamond, 45, yelled from
his porch, according to a police report.
The woman said she kept walking and Diamond yelled, "You hear me? You must be from Englewood," the police report states.
woman, who was wearing a nurse's uniform and had a stethoscope around
her neck, told Diamond, "I'm not from around here” and said she worked
at Resurrection Medical Center.
Diamond, who is white, then got
off the porch and ran after her, screaming, "If I see you in my
neighborhood again, I'm going to rape you and hang you from a tree,''
the police report said.
"He jumped off his porch and chased me down,'' the woman said. He tried to grab her but she was able to get away, she said.
woman said she ran toward Resurrection Medical Center in the 7400 block
of West Talcott Avenue and called 911 as Diamond walked back to his
home. Officers arrested Diamond at 8:10 p.m. at his home, police said.
woman said she lives in Carbondale, where she is a student at Southern
Illinois University, studying to be a doctor's assistant. She travels to
Chicago on weekend to work at the hospital.
"I know that this is
America and the world's not like the way it used to be years ago,'' she
said. "It really didn't disgust me because on a day-to-day basis I help
everyone. White people. Black people. Puerto Rican people. Gay people.
don't think this can happen here. . .coming at you with all that hatred
because of your skin color,'' she said. "But crime can happen
After Diamond was arrested, the woman said she stayed
at the police station until 4 a.m. while officers processed the arrest
but made it to her next her shift that started at 7:30 a.m.
was exhausted. I was overwhelmed,'' she said. "I want people to know he
didn't just target anyone. I am black. I am dark-skinned.''
I see the same white trash lives in the area . I obtain my degree from SIU many years ago . White people would leave the on campus beach area when our people went swimming . My brother in inlaw was the first black male to graduate from the college . I think the evil man should get life in prison before he kills a innocent person . White folks are mad many blacks live in Ewardsville Hick town .
its always the poor white trash who are the most vocal with their hatred. i'm guessing this dude never finished high school, has criminal history and a few children he doesn't care for, yet he blames all his problems on blacks, when in reality, his fellow white man could give a fck about him.
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