Reminder: there are nowhere near enough genuine hate crimes to justify the claims that society is inherently and institutionally racist. Demand really does outstrip supply, which is why they have to invent them.
The number of fabricated hate crimes is actually astonishing. Anytime now I see a report of some racist graffiti, I expect a black person to be found to have done it - and I'm usually correct. The fake incidents are quite easy to spot, especially if people are interviewed.
Of course the "correction" never usually gets anywhere near as much media attention as the original "hate crime". This is why this case is so important - because they finally overreached and it was someone with a higher profile and deeper pockets who got caught and high-up politicians and celebrities who were so vocal about the whole thing.
They should set an example of him (That's how it works right? What people said about the Rittenhouse trial ..)