Man Charged in Fatal Park Assault Had Long History of Racial Conflict

Russ Buettner and J. David Goodman, New York Times, September 11, 2013

Throughout his adult life, Martin Redrick bounced from one conflict to the next, frequently showing the potential for violence. He abused drugs, threw bottles and punches at the police and others, struggled with mental illness and was frequently agitated by white people. (Mr. Redrick is black.)

“Martin did not like authority and as we were growing up, the only people with authority were white people,” said a brother, Joseph Redrick, 47. “A lot of times that problem with authority was transferred to white people.”

Last Wednesday afternoon, that trait manifested itself again, according to the police. After finishing a chess game in Union Square Park, Mr. Redrick grew angry at white commuters bumping into him as they left the busy subway station and declared he was going to punch one.

That person was Jeffrey Babbitt, a comic-book enthusiast from Brooklyn whom friends described as mild-mannered and who was leaving the station. Mr. Redrick, 40, punched Mr. Babbitt, 62, in the face, sending him to the ground and causing an injury that led to his death on Monday, the authorities said.

The assault charges against Mr. Redrick had not yet been upgraded to a more serious charge on Tuesday, but new details emerged about his troubled background, one that may have foreshadowed violence, but never apparently rose to the level that might have required lengthy imprisonment or hospitalization.

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Scarlett Thomas, who was married to Joseph Redrick until 2009, said she and Joseph adopted Martin Redrick’s son when the father was in and out of jail. And though Martin Redrick sometimes displayed anger toward white people, both Joseph Redrick and Ms. Thomas , who is white, said he was always kind to Ms. Thomas’s daughter from a previous marriage. “He called her ‘My precious little Snow White,’ ” she said.

But there had long been worries within the family about Mr. Redrick’s behavior, which had worsened with drug use, she said.

“In the ’90s, he smoked something called wet—marijuana soaked in formaldehyde,” she said in a telephone interview from Dallas, where she now lives. “Everybody who knew him knew he was unpredictable and was going to snap one day.”

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After being charged with shoplifting in 2004, he spent time in the Middletown Psychiatric Center, according to Orange County correction officials. Ms. Thomas said Mr. Redrick had received a diagnosis of schizophrenia in 2007 and later cut off contact with his family. She said that early this year she learned he was living in New York City and spoke with him on the phone.

“He didn’t realize he had been missing for three years,” she said. “He thought he had just talked to us last week.”

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He was most recently arrested on Aug. 13, for trying to strike a woman in Harlem and then spitting in her face, the police said. He was recently living in supported housing, a type of residence where people with mental illness can receive special services but are typically free to come and go.

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Michael Benson, 54, said Mr. Redrick occasionally hinted at a violent past. “I ever tell you the time I knocked this guy out?” Mr. Benson recalled Mr. Redrick telling him.

On Wednesday, the two played several games and Mr. Redrick lost all of them, but did not seem angry about the losses, Mr. Benson said. Mr. Redrick stood up, walked over to the steps next to the busy subway entrance, and smoked a cigarette. Mr. Benson said he heard Mr. Redrick yell that he was tired of white commuters bumping into him and not saying “excuse me.”

“The next white person who runs into me, I’m going to knock them out,” Mr. Redrick said, according to Mr. Benson.

“And that’s what he did,” Mr. Benson said.

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  • SaggyGenes

    I don’t see any racial conflict in the story. I do see a lot of anti-white hatred and violence. If the murderer were white and his victim black, which terms do you think the media would use?

    • Spartacus

      This is why the “moderates” annoy me – our enemies want to exterminate us, they don’t care what anybody thinks, but we’re supposed to be careful not to look like “extremists”…

      • Beetlejuice

        I’ve heard ‘oh, we must rise above them’ or ‘not sink to their level.’ ‘Their level’ being murderous intentions against whites.

    • ncpride

      No better way to put it. There never was any ‘racial conflict’ with this thug…. just pure hatred of White people, probably the police (White Authority) for not allowing him to run amok with his criminal intentions.

  • Spartacus

    “Scarlett Thomas, who was married to Joseph Redrick until 2009, said she
    and Joseph adopted Martin Redrick’s son when the father was in and out
    of jail. And though Martin Redrick sometimes displayed anger toward
    white people, both Joseph Redrick and Ms. Thomas , who is white, said he
    was always kind to Ms. Thomas’s daughter from a previous marriage. “He
    called her ‘My precious little Snow White,’ ” she said.”

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    Race-traitor whore ! You’re not fit to be soap !

  • mgs166

    ….”the only people with authority were white people,” said a brother, Joseph Redrick, 47.”

    There’s a reason for that.

  • mgs166

    Chess?

    • Spartacus

      That’s probably their codeword for mugging.

    • gemjunior

      Dat whut da bruthaz play but dey use da red and black circles instead of all doze kings and queens and sheeit dat white people use fo’ chess. Black folks like to be keepin’ it real, and we don’t have privilege like white folks having bishops and pawns an’ whatnot on da board dat why we just use da other kind but da white folks be callin’ it checkers but it black people’s chess, gnomesayin?

  • kjh64

    He wasn’t mentally ill. He was just another low IQ, violent drug using Black, with all too typical paranoid Black thinking, bolstered by the constant barrage of anti-White media, causing him to lash out at imaginary racism. Seriously, what is it about Black thinking? I realize all races have their nut jobs but the percentage of Black loons is so much higher.

    • MBlanc46

      Smoking formaldehyde-laced pot and goodness knows what else could seriously screw up someone’s brain. (See Reisling’s post below).

    • rowingfool

      “what is it about Black thinking”

      A lot of the blame can be laid at Obama’s feet. He had a chance, as president, to take racial relations in America in a new direction. He could have taken a stand and spoken out against Black on White violence but he did not. Instead he has inserted himself in the debate in his highly questionable remark about Trayvon and his hypothetical son. And this from a man who supposedly earned a law degree. With his racialized politics he has, if not outright endorsed B on W violence that at least given it a tacit wink and nod. Far from promoting open discussion, he has conspired in the coverup of the real statistical data that he could have presented to the American public and thereby informed them of the true vector of violence between races.

      He should, as a Man, step up and apologize on behalf of his Black brothers and sisters for their barbarous assaults upon civility in general and White people and their Culture in particular. Had he done this, then maybe he would have left a positive enduring legacy as the nation’s first black president. But he has chosen the easy path, the path of weakness, and this reveals his true character.

      • vladdy1

        Bingo.

  • CoweringCoward

    Somehow whites, myself included usually kinda get a chuckle out of “intended” racial slurs against us. Really don’t we consider the source?hehehe

    “Snow White” eh? Better than $hit Brown there Sambo.

  • bigone4u

    Walking while white (WWW), it’s the newest crime, punishable by the death penalty, administered by the likes of Mr. Redrick, but the crime itself was legislated by the likes of the SPLC and liberals in government, who push the integrationist agenda. If driving while black is punishable by a fine, walking while white (WWW) incurs the ultimate penalty since whites deserve it because of their evil racism.

  • LostDue2Incompetence

    Enough excuses for this pos. He was a RACIST! He committed a racist hate crime! Yes, BLACKS are the biggest racists of all, despite the claims of the “race baiters”.

  • Luca

    The only racial conflict this sub human had was on his side of the fence.

    Whites are racists but according to the media blacks have racial conflicts. Don’t you love the way liberal journalists water down the descriptions for the negroids so they sound like victims?

    Any mental problems this negroid had were due to DNA issues related to low IQ, high testosterone, lack of impulse control and exacerbated by chronic drug abuse.

    And you wonder why organizations were formed to control wild animals and administer street justice in the south.

  • mobilebay

    Why do we continue to call people like Martin Redrick “Mr?” Doesn’t it grate on anyone else’s nerves? How about Mr.(Charles) Manson or Mr. (O.J.) Simpson or Mr. (Ted) Bundy. Let’s drop the title.

    • RoyBaty

      Blacks are big into titles. Doctor Martin Luther King, Rev. Jesse and Rev. Al, President Obama. Provides instant authority and respect.

      • TheAntidote

        Yes. They’re also big on “gentleman”. The baboons on The Jerry Springer show are all gentlemen. A filthy, drunken bum in the street hauled in for stealing oranges from a Korean greengrocer is also a gentleman.

        And all the black broads have made up Anglo-sounding, hyphenated surnames: Rasheema Cheeseboro-McChesterton; Volora Monkton-Sweller.

        • alex

          ….Screwisha Attenborough-Jenkins.

      • dukem1

        “That’s DOCTOR Sinatra, you bimbo!!!”

    • IstvanIN

      I thought the same thing while reading the article, so you are not alone.

    • dukem1

      It’s in the NYT style book…I read an article there a while back about the singer Meat Loaf…They called him Mr. Loaf.

  • White Mom in WDC

    This society is falling apart at the seams. We need to put it back together. Mentally ill people with a history of violence need to be locked away.

    That being said, many blacks today suffer from an environmentally cultivated sense of entitlement where they think all of their failures are due to whites. They are given every opportunity and still many f$&k up. Their problem. They don’t recognize that if they would just relinquish the victim complex and take control by taking responsibility, they would make progress. There is no other way.

    Whites must now take responsibility for our well being and disengage from the USA. We must unify with our European kin and forge ahead a new land. The US and Europe are toxic. Time to cut the cord

    • Sloppo

      … and go where?

    • Beetlejuice

      We don’t need to put it back together it is too far gone. This sick society needs to be completely destroyed down to the last molecule, including every memory that it ever existed. Whites will need to completely separate from this anti-white culture and start over making sure that Whites and ONLY Whites be allowed in White homelands, just like Israel. We build walls and use DNA tests to keep out others.
      We either do that and fight to the death or face the genocide this NWO government and its enablers have planned for us.

  • IstvanIN

    So he’ll get off because he is mentally ill.

    • dukem1

      He won’t get off…It just won’t count.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    Oh I’ll bet he was “kind” alright.

  • Beetlejuice

    How predictable. Here come the excuses. Adopted. Mentally ill. Brain fried from wet.

    “He was recently living in supported housing, a type of residence where people with mental illness can receive special services but are typically free to come and go.”

    This is what needs to be addressed. A violent, mentally-ill schizophrenia, yet free to come and go. Hope the family finds a pit bull lawyer and the city is sued.

  • ncpride

    There’s something fishy about this whole incident. Why won’t the Charlotte PD release the dash-cam video? Because it tells a whole different story than what the NAACP has been claiming, according to the cop’s lawyer. Some of the other cops are even saying their colleague is being thrown under the bus because of the black/White issue. However, I only heard that once on the local news, and no more. I’d bet they were threatened to keep their mouths shut.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      I smell a racial balancing act rat. This poor officer does not stand a chance in these post St. Skittles days. The race pimps will see to it that he is crucified.
      Big burly black guy running toward the police, subject possibly jacked on a violence potentiating drug as they so often are, dark night, didn’t stop when tasered, also common when blacks are high. The case has all the earmarks of a justified shooting.
      I have a visceral twinge the black guy was up to no good at 0100 hours. As a cop will tell you, nothing good happens on the streets at that hour of the morning.
      As for the 911 calling woman. Were I home alone at night, someone pounded vigorously on my door, I would not have opened it. But, thinking it was an impatient husband, she reflexively opened for him, only to see a frenzied, large black man standing on her porch.
      Understandably, a panicky call to 911 with adrenalinized police response based on her urgency.
      Those who work in public safety know what it feels like to function on a high level of adrenalin. Sometimes one acts first to save a life, reasons it out later.

      • Luca

        I hate to mention this, but it is the truth. Why does the cop have to pump out 12 rounds? The suspect was hit with 10 of them. From what I heard the cop fired those rounds with 2 pauses: 5 shots – pause, 5 shots – pause, and then the final 2. His two partners never even drew their weapons. This looks bad.

        I know the media and race hustlers are clearly exploiting this but if the cop had only shot once or twice I don’t think this would have been such an issue.

        I know the other side of the story, the suspect was banging on doors setting off a burglar alarm, acting in a deranged manner and charging the cops at 2:30 AM. The media won’t play up that part.

        These cops need to use a little more self control and just squeeze off one or two.

        • ncpride

          We’ll see, Luca, but the lawyer of the black guy’s family is the one who is claiming there were pauses during shots, and several black ‘witnesses’ also claimed the cops never gave verbal commands for him to stop where he was, and the guy had his hands in the air. ALL of that is completely NOT true according to the cop’s lawyer after viewing the dash-cam footage. I agree with you that 10 shots is excessive in any case, but there is more to this story than is being told. It’ll be interesting to see the toxicology report on the black guy… Why in the world would he not just stop when told, especially after being tasered if he was so injured from the car accident? Just more curious questions than answers right now.

        • itdoesnotmatter

          “I know the other side of the story, the suspect was banging on doors setting off a burglar alarm, acting in a deranged manner and charging the cops at 2:30 AM.”

          You just said it: “acting in a deranged manner and charging the cops at 2:30 AM.”
          Nothing was stopping this guy. I know from experience working with deranged blacks how quickly a situation as this can move from containment into “overkill.”

          • Luca

            At the end of the day, sadly, it is excessive force. I say “sadly” because it will be exploited to the hilt.

        • vladdy1

          Speaking of self-control, perhaps if the criminals had more, the cops would need less.

  • bilderbuster

    It’s kind of like when Obammy’s mammy’s mammy used to call her little pickaninnie
    “My little Sambo”.

  • dd121

    Notice how the Navy Yard shootings of two days ago is already being pushed down the memory hole by the left? No gun propaganda to gain, the guy used a shotgun. No way to blame it all on white racism (except I’m sure the guy saw himself as a victim all his life). No way is the leftist media going to blame the guy for what he really was: a racist, white-hating bigot who had a temper tantrum. And the guy could only blame his professional incompetence and life-failures on whites, not himself. We’ve already seen a number of similar incidents. Brace for the excuses, there will be more incidents in the future.

    • Luca

      It’s wasn’t his fault, the guns knew he had mental issues, they knew he was a victim of white disrespect and they started talking to him, egging him on.

      It’s was those damned guns again.

  • MystiKasT

    We are at war, people.

  • Luca

    It’s not his fault, the guns knew he had mental issues, they knew he was a victim of white disrespect and they started talking to him, egging him on.

    It’s was those damned guns again.

  • saxonsun

    Since it’s white men who had the power to stop this hell and instead ushered it in, blaming white women is truly passing the buck. But you white males have been doing that for a long time. Why stop now?

    • HaroldWesterling

      This is true to a certain extent…but you can’t deny that in the modern era women have had a major role in promoting liberalism/victimization ideology. It is a rampant mindset among the female 18-34 demographic, who helped elect Obama for a second term.

      • The only demographic of white women that voted Obama were white women under 25. I should add that white men under 25 also voted Obama.

  • FormerlyEdNY

    Or as one of my old buddies from Alabama used to say “Had we won the war, none of us would have to tolerate this B.S.”

  • vladdy1

    By excluding 50 per cent of the white race, some make successful solidarity more difficult. It IS hard to get complaints from both the black race and white men.