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Maine attorney general files hate crime for two men accused of a ‘brutal race-based assault’

A man walking to a 7-Eleven store in Maine was brutally attacked and berated with racial slurs, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Attorney Janet Mills office filed a civil complaint in York County Superior Court against the two men who committed the hate crime back in April.

The men charged and arrested are Dusty Leo, 27, and Maurice Diggins, 34.

According to court documents the defendant was minding his own business when Leo and Diggings approached him in a pickup truck. The two men allegedly broke his jaw and yelled racial slurs at him. They beat the victim to the pavement and he got up and ran for his life.

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Mills said this was a crime rooted in hate.

“All Mainers should be shocked by this brutal race-based assault,” Mills said. “This attack has shattered the victim’s sense of safety. No person should be afraid to walk to a store for fear of being attacked due to the color of his or her skin. We filed this action to protect not simply this victim but any person of color who might be targeted by these defendants.”

Both men have a criminal background.

Leo was released from jail at the end of April on a $2,500 cash bond. Diggins is still being held on $10,000 cash bail and probation.

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