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White Michigan Man Indicted For Striking Black Teenager With A Bike Lock

A white Michigan man has been arrested and is facing both a state and federal hate crime charge, after he allegedly approached a group of three Black teenagers at a state park, spewed racial epithets, and struck one of the teenagers in the face with a bike lock according to NewsOne.

The Black teenager was in a parking lot at a state park in Monroe, Michigan, with two of his friends, back in June, when the white man, Lee James Mouat, said to them that “n***ers don’t belong on this beach,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mouat is accused of breaking the jaw of one of the teenagers and knocking out several teeth. This incident occurred because they allegedly would not turn down the music they were playing on a portable speaker.

If convicted, Mouat will be facing up to 10 years in a federal prison.

Based on the criminal complaint, Mouat had confronted Devin Freelon Jr. and two of his friends in a parking lot at Sterling State Park in Monroe County.

“Niggers don’t belong on this beach,” the complaint states that Mouat said. “While [Freelon] retrieved a portable speaker from a vehicle, Mouat yelled racial slurs at [his] two friends, who were also African American teenagers. As [Freelon] walked over to his friends with the portable speaker, he noticed Mouat walking quickly towards him. Mouat swung an object, which struck [Freelon] in the face.”

J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.