Monday, April 6, 2015

NEWS: FBI investigating two St Louis area attacks as hate crimes

The FBI is investigating whether hate crimes were committed during two St. Louis area attacks where suspects allegedly made reference to Ferguson, including the assault of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford, investigators said Monday.

Both attacks happened in March, one involving a white victim and black attackers, the other a black victim attacked by a white man. The suspects in both cases allegedly made references to Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb at the center of racial strife since a white police officer in August fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed.

FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said the agency is looking into both cases for possible hate crimes. Anyone found guilty of a federal hate crime involving bodily injury could face up to 10 years in prison.

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