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“He said black people don’t belong in Bayview,” reported Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Department. Daren Christopher Abbey, 28, who has neo-Nazi tattoos and told police he is an “independent skinhead,” was allegedly harassing another customer at a bar. But Marlon L. Baker, 46, who is black, wasn’t taking the bait. To avoid a fight, Baker walked out, but Abbey followed him, threatening to stab him and using racial slurs, witnesses say. After “quite some distance,” Miller said, Baker turned around when Abbey got close and punched him one time, in the face. When deputies arrived, Abbey was still unconscious. He was treated for broken bones in his face, and then jailed for malicious harassment, the state’s equivalent of a hate crime law. The back of Baker’s shirt read, “Spokane Boxing Club Champion”, Miller noted. “If he had been able to read that, maybe he wouldn’t have done that.” (RC/Spokane Spokesman-Review) ...Interesting choice of words.
Original Publication Date: 17 July 2011
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