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Men face hate crimes charges for Navajo beating


Three white males will face hate crimes charges for the beating of Navajo man in Farmington, New Mexico.

The District Attorney's office filed motions to prosecute under the Hate Crimes Act on Wednesday. Conviction under the law carries additional penalties.

William Blackie, 46, was beaten by three young men on June 4. The incident renewed concerns about racism in border towns.

Blackie said the men yelled racial slurs while beating him. John Winer, 18, Freddie Brooks, 20, and CL Carney, 20, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Get the Story:
DA seeks hate crime charges in Navajo beating (The Farmington Daily Times 9/7)

Relevant Links:
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org
Navajo Nation Council - http://www.navajonationcouncil.org

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