On Monday, WZTV reported that police in Nashville, Tennessee arrested a man who allegedly attacked a group of Black men with a signpole while screaming racial slurs.
"Ryan Caleb Smith, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, public intoxication, resisting arrest and vandalism," reported Kaylin Jorge. "According to an affidavit, Smith got into an argument with a group of men and called them the N word. The suspect then walked down to 'The River House' where he reportedly destroyed a sign and grabbed a pole from the debris. The group claimed Smith swung the pole at them like a baseball bat."
Per the report, police found Smith "with slurred speech, watery eyes and smelling of alcohol." He is being held on $17,000 bond at the Davidson County Jail.
Racially-motivated attacks around the country have spiked in recent years, with the FBI reporting the highest level of hate crimes in over a decade. In one highly publicized incident, a woman in Louisiana was fatally shot by police after reportedly screaming the N-word at Hurricane Ida cleanup workers and trying to "run over a deputy."