Mt. CLEMENS, Mich. – A white neighbor admitted to shooting at a Black family’s Michigan house, slashing tires on a car, and spraying racist graffiti on a pickup truck because of a Black Lives Matter banner in the window, according to a court.
He explained, “I targeted these individuals because I didn’t like their political sign in the window.” “I think you guys are wonderful individuals who don’t deserve anything.”
According to The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens, Frederick, 25, was sentenced to four to ten years in jail.
Shots were fired at the Halls’ house in Warren, Michigan, in September. A swastika was painted on one of their vehicles two days later, their tires were slashed, and a huge stone was hurled through their front window. On their pickup, someone had also scrawled “terrorist Black Lives Matter,” “not welcome,” and a sentence with an expletive.
A gunshot was fired through the front window of the Halls the next day.
Frederick was quickly apprehended. According to the newspaper, he pleaded no guilty to ethnic intimidation, firing a handgun at a building, using a firearm during a felony, and intentional destruction of property in July.
The attacks occurred at a period when many Black people were feeling increasingly anxious and angry as a result of rallies against police brutality.
“I’m not enraged, I’m not enraged. Candace Hall, 55, stated in Frederick’s sentence, “I’m forgiving.” “You’re a decent child with a bright future ahead of you. We recognize that you made a poor decision. We have our own children. We are Christians, not nasty people.”
Judge Diane Druzinski expressed her admiration for the Halls’ “strength, wisdom, and forgiveness.”
Druzinski remarked, “I wish I was as good as people like you.”
Although a no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, it is utilized in sentencing.