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White Teen Beaten by Two for "Enslaving Our People"

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

September 22, 2010

SEATTLE – Two men accused of beating a teenager and blaming it on white oppression were charged Tuesday with a hate crime and first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors allege Ahmed Mohamed, who is black, and Jonathan Baquiring, who is Asian, had blood on them when an officer stopped them shortly after the May 25 attack.

The Washington State Crime Lab returned the DNA test results to a Seattle Police detective Sept. 8. Baquiring was booked into King County Jail at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Mohamed is at large with a warrant for his arrest, prosecutors said late Tuesday.

The victim, Shane McClellan, 16, told police he was walking to his West Seattle home from a friend’s house about 2 a.m. the morning of the attack when he saw two men at the top of some stairs. They asked him for a light. As he got closer, they surrounded him and took items from his pockets. McClellan tried to push them off and was punched.

“Officer (Ryan) Blake noted in his report that Mr. McClellan was dazed and that his face, hands and shirt were covered in blood,” Detective Suzanne Moore wrote in a probable-cause document. “He also noted Mr. McClellan(’s) face, ears, head and back were swollen and covered in welts and that his teeth were chipped in several places.” does not typically name juvenile assault victims. But McClellan spoke about the attack with our news partner, KOMO/4, and his family has identified him through several Seattle media outlets.

McClellan told police the suspects forced him up the stairs to a dead end and held him against his will for several hours.


Photo shows Shane McClellan after the assault.

“During this time they beat him with their hands and feet, whipped him with his own belt, burned him with a lit cigarette, poured energy beer on him and urinated on him,” Moore wrote.

The teen told police that if he yelled, the Asian man would display a knife and threaten to slit his throat if he kept screaming.

“Mr. McClellan said during the assault both suspects made comments like, ‘the white man has kept us down’ and ‘this is for enslaving our people,’” Moore wrote.

The teen never saw a gun, but told police his attackers threatened to “‘cap’ him” if he looked up, according to court documents. He eventually looked up from the area where they shoved his head and noticed they were gone. McClellan walked to the street, where he found someone to help him.

Blake, the responding officer, went to the dead end in the 7700 block of 14th Avenue Southwest and found blood smears on a guardrail, cigarette butts and an empty Four Loko energy beer.

As he was driving from the scene, he saw an Asian man and a black man in their 20s walking together in the 1600 block of Southwest Holden Street, about two blocks from the crime scene.

One tried to conceal a Four Loko energy beer in his jacket pocket and one had a pack of Marlboro Reds, the same type of cigarette found at the attack site, police said. Both had dried blood on them.

McClellan couldn’t identify them then because he had been taken to Harborview Medical Center. Days later, police say he picked Mohamed out of a lineup, saying he looked about 65 percent like the suspect. He identified Baquiring from the lineup immediately, according to court documents.

The crime lab test confirmed the blood removed from Baquiring’s hands matched McClellan’s blood profile, according to court documents. Police say the swab collected from Mohamed’s hand was a mixture from two individuals.

“Shane McClellan is included as a potential contributor in this mixture,” Moore wrote. “Based on the U.S. population, it is estimated that 1 in 8.6 thousand people could be a contributor to this mixed profile.”

Prosecutors say the only motivation for the defendants appears to have been money and McClellan’s race.

Mohamed was convicted this year for carrying a concealed weapon but his sentence was deferred, according to court documents. Baquiring has no known criminal history.

Mohamed is 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, according to court documents. Seattle police have not released photos of the suspects.

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    over 4 years ago


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    over 4 years ago


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    over 4 years ago


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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    This is indeed a shame. the young teen will be in my prayers. In terms of the boys that did it, this does not correct or fix what happened in the past, it actually gives ignorant White people an excuse to talk about reverse racism-which does not exist. Blacks an dother people of color can be discriminatory...for we have No structural or systematic power that they (White people) possess. Many have spoken about mental enslavement...well that comes from th ephysical enslavement, wounds that have never been fixed. It is surprising that there haven't been more cases like this. I am not condoning this act, and never will, but there are still an overwhelming amout of RACIST, White powerful people that oppress all people of color daily. And indirectly too, with their White privilege and nonchalant attitudes about our financial and basic human needs. Our education has been robbed. We aren't taught our REAL history until college-the truth of injustices, and seeing that college isn't for everyone, and all of us can't and won't (for a number of reasons) go, many won't learn that history, thus perpetuating hate and ignorance. Until we heal our community, no one can play the blame game. The history of Whites in this country has a lot to do with this case. They overwhelmingly murdered people of color and continue to do so-police brutality, ghettos(that they constructed and sanctioned us too through politics). Such a complicated issue. Wish it could change overnight. But hundreds of years of damage will NEVER change overnight.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I wonder when people are going to realize that reverse racisum does exist in this country and beyond that is a world wide problem because everyone hates the guy at the top. What ever happened to protection and rights for people of all "Races" and why is that not including the majority.

    Equality does not exist when someone can wave a race card in your face. When someone can abuse it as a shield or use it to get a job you need to survive. When 9-10 they will not even show up for work the first day. And be late any day they do show up.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    i wanna see em try to jump this white boy

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    If this turns out to be true, these pos's deserve to have THEIR ass's beat and I would gladly volunteer to do it. While slavery was a horrible thing, but black people need to get over it as well as quit using the N word and then getting upset if anyone does that, white or not. Enough is enough and while I am older now I am still good to go on the mat as well as the street of course and would whip some young ass if they tried that stuff with me. No, I am not a tough guy but I am a capable guy.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    Probably another street scum that converted to islam while in the joint. Shoot on sight.

  • Clone_trooper_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    These two will ultimately be hailed as innocent victims of white man's justice. Sharpton and Jackson will defend them. Makes me want to puke.

  • Picture_002_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    how about the death penalty? It would make a big statement to do so.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    I wonder of Mohamed there understands that the African Muslims were the #1 providers of black slaves to America. As far as I'm aware there was never a #2 supplier. America never enslaved, we only bought the slaves that others aquired.

    In addition, the first American slave owner (many believe - there's a little debate on it) was... a black man, owning a black slave. Anthony Johnson was his name, and his first slave was named John Castor.

    Now I'm not saying in any way, shape, or form that it was ever right. I am simply stating how history records we aquired said slaves.

  • Hernandez_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I hope these fools get the book thrown at him! I do question why his parents were OK with him being out alone at 2am at only 16??? Nothing good ever happens arount 1-4am when alone!

  • Sf_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    *Scratches Head

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 5 years ago


    This type of conduct inflicts greater individual and societal harm.... bias-motivated crimes are more likely to provoke retaliatory crimes, inflict distinct emotional harms on their victims, and incite community unrest.

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