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Thursday, December 16, 2010

ABC Weather Bimbo: Hispanic Men Are Good Suspects

According to one network weathercaster, Hispanic men are good for more than cutting the grass or delivering lunch. They make good suspects -- convenient targets to blame -- when you want to make up a story for the cops.


A weather forecaster for ABC's New York flagship station WABC-TV, Heidi Jones admitted to cops that she lied to them and made up a story about a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s trying to rape her while jogging in Central Park, according to the New York Post. 


Ms. Jones was charged criminally with filing a false report. According to the Post report, she has admitted to making up the allegation.


Ms. Jones' actions are reprehensible for two other reasons. First, she had no hesitation to implicate and cause the harassment -- or imprisonment -- of entirely innocent, anonymous men by making a false report.  This also diverted police resources from real victims and put innocent people at risk.  A separate WCBS-TV report claims that one man fitting her fake description was actually stopped and questioned.  Ms. Jones' lie exposed innocent men to the risk of being stopped and questioned for no good reason.

False accusations have the potential to deny innocent people their rights and their freedom, and cause all sorts of unjust collateral damage -- and they are rightfully prosecuted.


Secondly, she identified her imaginary attacker as a Hispanic male. Her choice of perpetrator characteristics shows an explicit and intolerable prejudice. It implies a belief that men fitting that description are believably criminal, and that by choosing that population segment to blame, she thought she would be believable and get away with her lie.


As a Hispanic male in that age range, who happens to run competitive races and train in Central Park, I am concerned and outraged.   I do not want to be pulled over and questioned...for jogging while Hispanic!


As Ms. Jones has admitted her guilt, one needs not reserve judgment. The ABC network appropriately suspended Heidi Jones without pay on Wednesday.  Her narcissism and subtle prejudice should end her professional career in New York.
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Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer who handles strategic and legal issues for business, political and individual clients.  Mr. Dixon has been a practicing attorney since graduating from Yale Law School in 1994.  Mr. Dixon has an interest in investigating incidents of wrongful accusations.  He may be reached for comment at 917-696-2442 and via e-mail at edixon@NYBusinessCounsel.com.

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