The People Behind This Hate Crime Last Month Have Been Arrested
Police investigated a family that awoke to find a wall of boxes scrawled with "Trump," "Take Back America" and "Mexicans suck."
The family, which includes a Hispanic person, woke up Saturday, Nov. 12, to find boxes taped together blocking their Smith Road driveway, according to the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department.
The family "also found a doll made of balloons hanging nearby and vulgar graffiti spray-painted on the driveway," according to the press release.
"This is a hate crime," the press release states. "This sort of thing will not be tolerated."
Ethnic intimidation is a felony in Michigan that carries a maximum possible penalty of two years in prison. A person commits that crime "if that person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's race, color, religion, gender, or national origin, does any of the following:
- Causes physical contact with another person
- Damages, destroys, or defaces any real or personal property of another person
- Threatens, by word or act, to do an act described (in the first two items) if there is reasonable cause to believe that an act described (as such) will occur.
This is the statement from the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office via their Facebook Page: