On Friday, September 15, 2017 a young woman was allegedly raped and sodomized on a Tiger Transit route by two Black men.
This is a developing story. We will keep it updated as more information comes out. All suspects are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
At around midnight, September 15 a young woman was sexually sodomized and raped by two men (mugshots below) working for First Transit, the contractor which runs Auburn University’s Tiger Transit service, per The Auburn Plainsman. The incident took place in the 700 block of Aspen Heights Ln. Allegedly, the victim was intoxicated (presumably with alcohol) at the time of the incident. It is probable that she was searching for a ride home from the bars in Downtown Auburn (located near Toomer’s Corner) on the Friday of the incident.
The two suspects, James Don Johnson Jr. and Tony Martin Patillo have been arrested in connection with this crime, according to the Auburn Police Department. Patillo does not even live in Auburn: he resides in Columbus, GA. Sadly, James Johnson appears to live in the nice part of Auburn.
Both Auburn University and First Transit have made statements condemning this incident, but we at the Auburn White Student Union believe that neither organization will investigate possible racial issues on the transit system, nor take any steps to combat them if they are proven.
The Auburn Police Department has taken two primary suspects into custody: Tony Martin Patillo (age 51) and James Don Johnson Jr. (age 32) pictured below to the left and right respectively.
According to public statements, both were employees of First Transit. The company has said it is investigating this incident.
First Transit is supposed to conduct background checks on all employees working in accordance to their contract with Auburn University (according the The Auburn Plainsman). Yet, our investigative team found that Tony Martin Patillo made a Facebook post saying there were “drivers needed” with “no background checks” at Auburn University. At the moment, we can only assume that Patillo was referring to jobs with Tiger Transit.
At this time, we do not know if Patillo or Johnson have any prior criminal history or issues. While it is true that the contractor says that they did conduct background checks on both suspects, no proof of this claim has been released to the public, and it is conceivable that the contractor lied to protect its reputation: perhaps through incompetence or corruption, the company did not give the suspects the vetting it should have.
The other possibility is that Mr. Patillo has a very low IQ and did not even comprehend that a background check was performed on him (even though such things require an individual’s consent). In this case, the contractor would be negligent for hiring such unintelligent individuals, since reaction time and IQ are moderately correlated, at least at the lower end of the spectrum.
The history of interracial violence at Auburn University is not new: it is long and painful; in recent decades, it has largely been Black-on-White, although in the more distant past the roles were reversed. For example, back on April 18, 2017 when Richard Spencer spoke on the Auburn University campus a Black male robbed a woman near Donahue Residence Hall. And before that Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk was sexually assaulted and murdered by a Black man in 2008.
Ending interracial hostility and promoting safety and belonging for all people is one of the many reasons that the AWSU supports giving people true freedom of association and allowing them to separate themselves from groups with whom they cannot get along. It is not our goal to demonize Black people or make all of them feel bad for the actions of some of their members, just as it is ludicrous to blame Whites today for the actions of their distant ancestors; rather, we wish to highlight the way that crime trends are suppressed by the FakeNews Media and how far from the facts White Guilt is.
To further this point, in Auburn University’s data on racial demographics (2016), Whites accounted for 21,863 of the 28,290 students enrolled at Auburn University. This means that there is a 77.282% chance that the student assaulted was White, making this incident yet another one of Black-on-White violence.
Moreover: 21,863 of 28,290 students (in 2016) at @AuburnU were White, so there is a 77% chance that the victim of this incident was White.
— Auburn White Student (@AUWSU) September 18, 2017
However, all information about a victim in this sort of situation is shielded unless (s)he chooses to come forward with it, as it should be. In general, political correctness motivates government agencies do their best to obscure the data at hand. For example, the Bureau of Justice Statistics started omitting data on interracial violence in the National Crime Victimization Survey whenever Barack Obama took office in 2009 (via American Renaissance). What do they need to hide from you?
Returning to the story at hand, we only have context clues to determine the race of the victim. Based off what police reports have said, the victim was a college girl returning home around midnight on Friday. These activities, given the demographics at Auburn University, suggest that the victim is probably White.
However, to respect the privacy of the individual, we will be not releasing any more information as to the victim’s identity until she grants us permission to do so, or she goes out to the public. Additionally, we have not sought out the victim, as in many of these cases the attention can be re-traumatizing.
Until then, we can all but confirm that the victim of #TigerTransit tragedy was White. But we cannot know her race for certain until the facts come out in a courtroom, so we suspend our judgement until then. After all, a person is innocent until proven guilty.
We are withholding assumptions on the victim's race. We will keep everyone updated as more information comes out. We are watching closely.
— Auburn White Student (@AUWSU) September 18, 2017
This incident echoes one that took place more than 10 years ago: the brutal murder and attempted rape of Lauren Burk (via OANow).
On the night of March 4, 2008 Lauren Burk was kidnapped by Courtney Lockhart, a man who was dishonorably discharged from the United States Army.
On the night in question, Lockhart abducted Burk into his car. He then proceeded to sexually assault her and eventually murdered her by shooting Burk in the back through her lung. She died on Shug Jordan Parkway, underneath the stars. Luckily, justice was served, and Lockhart was sentenced to death for his atrocious acts.
Lockhart’s defense team tried to shift blame to PTSD upon seeing comrades in Iraq killed by a mortar strike. While PTSD can indeed provoke fearful and violent reactions that are hard to control, they must be triggered by a stimulus reminiscent of the original trauma (and it is hard to imagine what this young woman or her dorm room could have had in common with the Iraqi battlefield). Furthermore, Lockhart camped out for hours in various dorm parking lots on campus before finding his victim, whereas PTSD events should only last minutes.
The Lockhart and Patillo-Johnson cases are yet more reasons for students to take a proactive role in securing their campus. If any individuals are behaving suspiciously, feel free to call the police: since Lockhart spent an entire class day in various parking lots where he did not belong, observant students should have been able to report him to police, who would have at least put him under surveillance. Likewise, while the University Administration unconstitutionally bars students from most articles of self-defense, common pocketknives are allowed (although, shockingly, pepper spray is said to be forbidden although not directly addressed in this policy document!)
Likewise, this recent crime and Saturday night’s alleged rape of an intoxicated student at a frat house indicate that intoxicated students must learn to drink responsibly and stay in the company of a non-intoxicated, trusted friend. It is our opinion that various Prohibition-Era policies targeted at underage drinking are completely ineffective in actually reducing it, and instead just drive it underground where it cannot be supervised. Hence, at the national level we support changing the legal drinking age to 18, so that drunk people can be properly supervised and protected from super-predators.