Thursday, September 15, 2016

Police: Murder of Black Teen in Oregon a Hate Crime

By The Daily Beast, Sep 13, 2016 

Police in Oregon say a 38-year-old man and his girlfriend who ran over and killed a black teenager last month targeted the victim because of his race. Russell Orlando Courtier and Colleen Hunt both entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to charges of intimidation for last month’s incident. Under Oregon law, a charge of intimidation means the suspects acted based on the victim’s race. Initially, the couple had been charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Larnell Malik Bruce, who was run down in a 7-Eleven parking lot. Bruce had reportedly gotten into an altercation with Courtier inside the store before Courtier and Hunt went after him in their vehicle.

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