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Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Attacking Black Teenager

Report Annapolis
Report Annapolis
 2021-07-29

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The Justice Department announced that a Michigan man was sentenced for willfully causing bodily injury to a Black teenager because of the teenager’s race.

Lee Mouat, 43, pleaded guilty on March 4. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his hate crime.

According to documents filed in connection with this case, Mouat admitted that he confronted a group of Black teenagers, including the victim, at a state park in Monroe, Michigan. Mouat repeatedly used racial slurs and said that Black people had no right to use the public beach where the incident occurred. Mouat then struck one of the teens in the face with a bike lock, knocking out several of the victim’s teeth, lacerating his face and mouth, and fracturing his jaw. Mouat also attempted to strike another Black teenager with the bike lock.

“The defendant brutally attacked teenagers at a public beach because these young people are Black,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Hate-fueled violent crimes like this have no place in our communities. Protecting Americans from hate crimes is a top priority of the Justice Department and we will use every tool available to bring perpetrators to justice.”

“Our office is committed to protecting the rights of all citizens, and prosecuting hate crimes is a top priority,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin for the Eastern District of Michigan. “The cowardly and unprovoked attack on this young victim is terribly disturbing. Every individual citizen has the right to not live in fear of violence or attack based on the color of their skin.”

“Combating hate crimes and protecting individual's civil rights is one of the top priorities of the FBI,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “Mouat was held accountable for his violent and hateful actions due to the collaborative efforts of the FBI, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Justice. The outcome of this case sends a clear message to our community that law enforcement at every level will investigate crimes motivated by hate and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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ethical journalism
07-10

When black on white crime is twice as much as white on black, how come we only see one side. Not trying to be racist, but maybe the media is???

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Ronnie Smith
07-14

a crime is a crime no matter what color you are.....this being promoted as a hate crime makes me wonder what the back story is....was he defending himself against a group of teens? was there not enough to get jail time if it wasn't a "hate" crime? is someone running for office and they needed publicity.....what's the whole story?

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Ezra's Back
07-13

it appears the author of this piece chose to leave out the defendant's side of the story in that he was confronted and threatened when requesting the blacks refrain from blaring their crass rap music in front of families and normal people

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