Police: Man attacked elderly woman in Cambridge while yelling anti-Semitic epithets at her

Cambridge Police report arresting Jarrett Harris, 62, after an incident at Inman and Harvard streets around 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

According to police:

[T]he suspect, without any provocation, physically assaulted a 66-year-old individual while repeatedly making anti-Semitic statements directed at the victim. The suspect reportedly pushed the victim against a wall and placed his fist against her throat.

Harris, who lives in the building outside which the incident happened, was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 and assault and battery to intimidate (hate crime), police say.

Innocent, etc.

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LMFAO

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In racist ass Missichusetts!? This is a real shocker says only white people and others who don't recognize the racism that is as prevalent in this state as the most racist places in this world. And no it being covert doesn't make it better than some other, so called very racist place.GTFOH Only part of Boston was screaming that Boston Strong BS.

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This is not a contest to see

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This is not a contest to see which cities are most racist. Comparing cities is a waste of time. Instead, we should compare ways of dealing with the problem.

Our focus should be on eliminating causes of hatred of this kind, and punishing acts based on that hatred.
How can we best do those things?

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Please don’t attack all white

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Please don’t attack all white people in your comment. Also, Channel 7 released a picture, and the attacker was an African-American man. Not a white guy.

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i was going to say...

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...now older, affluent white folks living in cambridge know what people of color in cambridge have known for decades. not that i'm gloating, but hopefully this is a wakeup call that yes, nowhere is immune to aggressive hatemongers wandering the streets. even purported progressive bastion Cambridge.

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People of color..

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FYI - The attacker/hatemongerin this case is a person of color.

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You know that Jews have faced

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You know that Jews have faced antisemitism for centuries, right? These aren’t the people who need to know what it feels like. They already know.

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You're right, mg.

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This:

No place is immune.

is because our whole society is shot through with those kinds of attitudes that pave the way for incidents like that, and worse, to begin with.

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Hate crime?

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Curious about this - what is the threshold for something being called a hate crime?

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I imagine part of it depends

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I imagine part of it depends on whether the victim was actually Jewish. Shouting anti-Semitic slurs while attacking random Chinese people might not be considered a hate crime.

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Elderly?

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OK, I know that the law says “over 60,” but that’s no excuse for UHub to put “elderly woman” in the headline; 66 is not elderly.

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I was thinking the same thing

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I was thinking the same thing. and the perp is also over 60, so shouldn't he be called elderly? or geezer or something?

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Yes, elderly

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Maybe 66 is the new 56 for some people, but it's a bit old to have to be defending oneself. Hence, the word "elderly" is appropriate. Let's try to change the negative connotations of the word, rather than trying to restrict its use.

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What is elderly?

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Serious question, not trying to be snarky here: When does somebody become an "elderly" person?

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When the law/policy says so

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I'm too lazy to look it up, but the crime does have a precise age limit.

I was given a senior citizen discount at a Dunkin Donuts a few months back. I'm not even 50 yet. I would have complained, but I'm too cheap.

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Elderly?

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:) I'm over 60 now so I can enjoy the discounts even though I don't feel old (except when that pain do jour pops up somewhere LOL)

I think the best term is "older adult"

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Elderly?

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:) I'm over 60 now so I can enjoy the discounts even though I don't feel old (except when that pain do jour pops up somewhere LOL)

I think the best term is "older adult"

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Re: What is elderly?

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It's tricky. I'd say "elderly" should be reserved for 70+, but my (elderly) mother objected to it being applied to anyone her own age until recently. (She is now 83.) She still doesn't like it, but seems to accept that it's not an insult when one is, say, over 80.

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who cares what is considered elderly

Should we be more focused on a man attacking a woman while yelling anti-semantic epithets at her? But if you must According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the age they consider "elderly" is 65+. It also speaks to a person's depleted level of health...that's when a caregiver is needed. No age requirement for that.

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So what does this mean or am

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So what does this mean or am I reading it wrong somehow? "... lives in the building outside which the incident happened."

Or does it mean he homeless and lives outside the building in which it happened?

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Sorry for any confusion

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If you look at a Google Street View of the address, you'll see a large residential building (apartments? condos? beats me). He lives there. But the alleged attack took place outside the building.

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Awful.

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A few facts

This incident happened very near where I live. The perpetrator is a known character who hangs out in front of his building all day long interacting with people. I see him every day. I stopped interacting with him some years ago because I thought he was a bit on the crazy side, but I never thought he would attack anyone.

I suspect this is more a case of a person with some mental issues acting out. That certainly doesn't excuse the physical assault.

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Another example of our miserable failed

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mental healthcare system and mental health laws. But, again, barely a whisper about the obvious problem.A system championed by the 'progressives' (liberals in those days) that came into place 40 plus years ago is an abysmal failure and responsible for many avoidable tragedies. google articles and editorials from the early-mid 1980s where the NY Times and WAPO laid it all out and squarely placed blame on all sides.

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