Perhaps in this case, the recorded material on his cell phone was enough to sway authorities to seek the hate crime charge. But I thought it was an interesting turn of events, that a crime popularly associated with African-Americans would be charged as a hate crime when allegedly perpetrated by a white man on a black. I'm not trying to say that this charge is unfair or unevenly handed out. I don't know the specifics of this or other attacks. But this case could set a precedent, and it may increase the demand for other knockout attacks to be treated as hate crimes, especially there's a racial component involved.