The incident on the Queens bus shocked the residents of New York City, sparking an investigation by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force.
On July 9, 2022, Jill LeCroix, a 57-year-old white woman, the only white person, was riding on the city bus when three black teenage girls approached her and started assaulting her.
It initially started with verbal abuse and derogatory anti-white statements from the three females, such as “white trash,” “white skin cracks,” and more. One of the women, when the southbound Q52 MTA bus started passing St. John’s Cemetery on Woodhaven, stated that she would bury LeCroix at that cemetery, screaming, “I hate white people.”
Out of the three women, the one with the green hair accused LeCroix of being a Donald Trump supporter, to which LeCroix stated that she loved Trump, a man often recognized for his decades of racist action against the Black population.
According to a witness, upon hearing that, the green-haired woman started beating up LeCroix with an unknown object stating that she hates white people.
When the bus stopped at Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, some passengers sat LeCroix down while the three assaulters escaped unscathed from the bus’s back door. LeCroix had a head injury and lacerations. Because she was bleeding fast, they took her to the Jamaica Hospital, where the medical professionals stapled her wounds to stop the blood flow.
On July 26, 2022, local law enforcement authorities tracked and arrested two of the three suspects on hate crime charges for brutally assaulting an innocent civilian.
According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), the two girls, 15 and 16 years old, were caught in the confines of the 102nd precinct, and are now facing two counts of assault for their hate crimes.
The NYPD stated that the Hate Crime Task Force is conducting investigations. They also released a CCTV picture of the three suspects and requested the public to call on the NYPD’s crime stoppers hotline for any information about the whereabouts of the third suspect, the black girl with the green hair.
Although overall crime saw an increase in the five boroughs by 27.8%, the number of hate crimes reduced by 10%, compared to the same period last year.
Last year, rabid Trump supporters (primarily white people) stormed U.S Capitol in a political move undermining democracy in the country. Among the violent scenes in Washington DC, there were racist white supremacist flags and posters. Statistics revealed that more white women supported Trump in the losing 2020 election than in 2016, a group often categorized as swing voters.
There are more than 7,300 hate crimes reported to the FBI each year in the United States. Fortunately, victims of hate crimes can seek compensation for crime-related expenses. A qualified personal injury attorney can help recover compensation from the following sources:
Directly from the perpetrators
Worker’s compensation for violent crime at work
Special state compensation programs, such as the Office of Victim Services in NYC
State crime compensation programs help pay for medical care, mental health counseling, and lost wages. Every state has different types of benefits and compensation for crime victims.
The United States has faced a decades-long, arduous battle against racial and religious discrimination and has come a long way since then. Ehline Law and our attorneys are always ready to stand with violent crime victims and protect their rights while helping recover financial compensation for the damages.
If you’re a victim of aggravated harassment or any other violent crime, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation with our legal experts, as you may qualify for compensation.