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Monday, June 6, 2011

Reno Sparks Indian beaten in Nevada hate crime

Reno Sparks Indian man beaten by skinheads, then victim was jailed by police in Fernley, Nevada, bordertown

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News



UPDATE: Attackers in the Nevada hate crime talked about the attack on Facebook on May 24. Reno Sparks Indian Johnny Bonta was beaten with a crowbar and baseball bats and stabbed during the attack and his son in law suffered a crushed elbow and broken hand.


Josh Janiszewski wrote: Just layed the fists and boots to some 6' 5'' tongan dude. what you got on little guys? May 24 at 3:13pm

When asked if they gave them hell, Josh responded.

Josh Janiszewski Oh we did. That's for sure! :) May 24 at 3:48pm

Then, Jacob Cassell, among three attackers, responded.

Jacob Cassell amen May 24 at 4:07pm

Dee Cassell, the mother of Jacob Cassell, responded. Dee is the wife of a retired Lyon County Sheriff's officer. She asked about 'Jake:'

Dee Cassell wrote: So...who has blood? You guys need to come home to mom? May 24 at 4:48pm

Dee Cassell Better have ur asses at home after I did 1st aid. Don't piss off women - they r worse than men! May 24 at 8:00pm

When asked by another person on Facebook if they got "some good licks" in Josh responded.

Josh Janiszewski wrote: "sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure"

A Reno Sparks Indian man, Johnny Bonta, and his family were attacked by neo nazi skinheads at a Fernley, Nevada, convenience store, east of Reno, on May 24, 2011. Family members were beaten with a crowbar and baseball bats, and stabbed. Listen as Lisa Bonta, Johnny's wife, describes how the three white attackers broke Bonta's nose with a crowbar and knocked him out with a baseball bat. They tried to slit his throat and cut off his braid.
Lisa's son-in-law was beaten and suffered a shattered elbow and broken hand. The Bonta's daughter was threatened with rape. The victim, Johnny Bonta, was then arrested because of the white assailants connection with police. One of the attackers is the son of a retired Lyon County Sheriff officer.
Bonta was denied medical treatment in jail. When the family called the jail, they were told that Bonta "would have to get his Indian doctor" if he wanted to be treated. Bonta was eventually released because no charges were filed.
The convenience store clerk said there is a video which shows the attackers jumping out of the vehicle with baseball bats. The police would not reveal where the family car was towed to, with their documents in it.
Bonta was eventually released from jail because charges were not filed against him.
Fernley is a bordertown located between the Indian Nations of Pyramid Lake Paiute and Fallon.
Now the question remains if the US Justice Department will investigate the case, which includes police imprisoning the victim of a hate crime.
The Bonta family was live on First Voices Indigenous Radio in New York, with Cheyenne River Lakota host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, on WBAI FM New York and broadcast nationwide and on the web, on Thursday, June 9, 2010.

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d.saluskin said...

Sorry this had to happen to one of our 1st Peoples. We had one of our first peoples shot & killed a 1st nations brother. The Seattle police officer shot him 5 times in the back and all that happen is that he got layed off & was lieing under oath in the court room. all that happen is he got asked to resign & not be able to work in washington state. John T. Williams was the brother shot. His brother is Rick Williams carving totem poles on behalf of his brother on the pier 57 down on the waterfront in seattle.Pray for the people of color.they also beat a couple of young African American boys & beat them to death the mothers sons they were brothers. This is also happened in seattle.

Bronwyn and Riaz said...

Thank you Brenda for sharing and exposing this horrendous hate crime.
We'll pray for the victims family.

Valerie Herron said...

Thank you for writing this article. I will pass this information along. My thoughts will be with the victims of this hate-crime.

ActionSpeaks said...

This story absolutely made me furious. I found a petition on to investigate the police department activities involving racism and hate crimes that everyone might be interested in passing along: