Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced an East New York man to up to three years in prison on Aug. 7 following his conviction on a string of hate crimes against white men.
Kevin Raphael, 40, attacked three people while shouting anti-white expletives, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, who used the sentencing as an opportunity to bash President Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric.
“As hate-fueled speech continues to emanate from the highest levels of government, leading to despicable acts of violence, it is important to set a different tone in Brooklyn where we will not tolerate hate crimes against anyone,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “This defendant attacked his victims based on the color of their skin. There is no place for discrimination or violence against anyone based on race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or religious practice. The defendant has now been held accountable for threatening our residents and their safety.”
On July 29, 2018, Raphael walked up to a man and his pregnant wife at Empire Boulevard near Rogers Avenue, when he shouted, “What are you looking at? What are you looking for? I kill white m—-r f—–s like you,” while motioning to his waistband, making the man think that Raphael was carrying a weapon. He then said: “I will kill every white m—-r f—-r around here,” according to the authorities.
The next day, the defendant approached a law student sitting on a B25 bus near Fulton and Bond streets, punching him in the face, and screaming, “I hate all you white m—-r f—–s. You’re a f—-t.” Raphael then got off the bus, leaving behind his bruised victim.
On the following day, he walked up to a doctor on the B41 bus at Flatbush Avenue and Kings Highway and punched him repeatedly, while snarling, “You white m—-r f—–s think you got it like that. You white m—-r f—-r,” leaving the victim with a concussion and bruising on his face and eye.
Raphael was arraigned in September 2018 and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault as a hate crime on May 1, for which he will spend a minimum of one-and-a-half years behind bars, after which he will be eligible for parole, according to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.