Michiganian can go to jail for knocking out a teenager's teeth with a bike lock while shouting “Black lives don’t matter”
Lee James Mouat of Newport charged with hate crime and assault for shouting multiple racial slurs against black teens and aggravated assault.
According to official information, the incident took place in June near Detroit. Mouat, 42, was at the beach, where a group of black teenagers also arrived. The accused demanded that the teenagers turn off "gang music" and get off the beach.
Witnesses report that the man behaved inappropriately, used the H-word several times, and then moved from words to deeds. Mouat took out his bike lock, walked over to the crowd and with the words “Black lives don’t matter”, stroke him in the face, causing serious damage to the teenager.
“Mouat approached them, and Mouat and the young men began yelling at each other,” the complaint reads. “Mouat walked to his vehicle and retrieved a chain bike-lock, returned to the group of young men, and struck one of them in the jaw with the bike-lock.”
The victim, 18-year-old Devin Freelon was hospitalized with a “facial fracture, facial lacerations and the loss of several teeth,” according to the complaint.
For this criminal offense, the defendant can go to prison for up to 10 years.
Currently, Mouat is being held in Monroe County Jail. The next court hearing will take place at the end of October.