Department of Justice presses charges in hate crime case in New Mexico involving individual with a developmental disability

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and local New Mexico law enforcement brought the first charges under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd J. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. Three men have been charged with assaulting a 22-year-old Navajo man with a developmental disability. The defendants admitted to covering the victim’s body with white supremacist and anti-Native American symbols, including shaving a swastika in the back of his head and using markers to write the words “KKK” and “White Power” on his skin. They recorded the incident on cell phones. Learn more about the case from DOJ.

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