Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator based in Oakland, California.
“Despite recounting the details of the story with crystal clarity and even helping to find the perpetrators, Adal was shocked when he received a call from the investigator a few weeks later telling him that District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s office would not pursue the case. The act of spitting on the car, and the confused online commentary of one of the witnesses in the case, the investigator argued, muddied the attack and would make it an unsuitable hate crime for O’Malley’s office. Adal has a simpler explanation for the DA and OPD’s disinterest, however. “There wasn’t a single white person involved in this case,” he recounts with a sober air of resignation. “I’ve looked at our attackers, I’ve looked at the witnesses. The witness is black, our attackers are black, the two girls that they were with were black, my friend that got beat up is black and I’m Mexican.”