Michigan Man Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Attacking Black Teen With Chain Bike Lock

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Lee James Mouat Jr., 44, of Newport, Michigan was charged on June 8, 2020 for assaulting an 18-year-old Black man in Monroe County. (WDIV)

Lee Mouat, 42, has been charged by criminal complaint in federal district court with violating federal law by “willfully causing bodily injury to an African-American teenager because of the teenager’s race.”

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Mouat confronted a group of African-American teenagers, including the victim, at a state park in Monroe, Michigan. Mouat repeatedly used racial slurs and said that African Americans had no right to use the public beach where the incident occurred. Mouat reportedly said “Black lives don’t matter” then struck one of the teens in the face with a bike lock, knocking out several of the victim’s teeth and fracturing his jaw.

The charge in the complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, Mouat faces a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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