Police in Salt Lake City said this week that hate crime laws could be used to prosecute black suspects who allegedly assaulted a white man during an argument about a Confederate flag.
Kelly Leeper told KTSU that he was in town for a Garth Brooks concert when he noticed black men near his friend’s truck, which he said contained $50,000 worth of welding equipment.
According to Leeper, the men argued with him over a Confederate flag decal on the side of the truck when he and his friend confronted them.
Cell phone video shows one of the men appearing to punch Leeper’s friend in the face, knocking him out. Leeper said that he was also forced to the ground by the men.
“I’ll be damned if I ever come to Salt Lake again without bringing my gun,” Leeper insisted. “The point is it’s my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want. If I want to fly the Confederate Flag, it’s my right.”
Leeper said that neither he nor his friend were seriously hurt in the scuffle.
Salt Lake City Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Robin Heiden told KTSU that the attack “could potentially be a hate crime.”
“We’ll then present all that to the district attorney who will make that final determination,” she said.
Salt Lake City Police are searching for a silver two-door car. They believe it has temporary Utah licenses plates, partially reading “9-7-S-20.”
“Somebody thought to get a plate number as well and that’s really going to help in this case. I think we’ll probably be able to track down that vehicle,” Heiden explained.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”
Watch the video below from KTSU, 2broadcast Nov. 2, 2015.
Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light
A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.
According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.
Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."
Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."
‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike
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Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.
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WATCH: 16-year-old Greta Thunberg rebukes GOPer who thinks other countries must solve climate change
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, faced off with members of Congress on Wednesday.
In a hearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg declined to submit a written opening statement.
"I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science,” she said.
Republican Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana tried to make the point that the U.S. should not curb its carbon emissions until other countries agreed to do so.
"Let me ask you a question," Graves said. "If you were sailing across the ocean and you were picking up trash along the way and for every one piece of trash you pick up, there's a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces, how would that make you feel?"