A 27-year-old black man has been charged with a hate crime after assaulting a white, disabled, homeless passenger as revenge for slavery.
WJLA reports Marquis Evans-Royster and the victim were riding the Washington D.C. Metrobus system at the time of the incident. Evans-Royster approached the 52-year-old victim, looked him directly in the eye, and said, “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.”
Evans-Royster also reportedly spit on the victim’s face and searched through his pockets. While on the bus, he also allegedly yelled, “All white people are evil” and that the white passengers on the bus “should die.”
In addition to spitting on his face, Evans-Royster also threatened to throw urine on the victim. Throwing urine has apparently become a recent trend on the Metrobus.
Evans-Royster was arrested by Metro Transit Police and has been charged with a hate crime and various other offenses. He faces up to 30 years in jail.
NEW: Police charge 27yo man with hate crime on Q1 Metro Bus. Suspect allegedly told disabled/homeless white passenger: “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave” + declared all white people are evil + spit in victim’s face + threatened to douse victim with urine @ABC7News pic.twitter.com/Gt2Dg2gFAJ— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) October 16, 2017
Despite the fact the incident met the threshold for a hate crime, one of the people people interviewed by WJLA said the assault was because people feel “desperate.”
70-year-old Tyrone Kenney said the assault “speaks to the state of the times.”
"People are desperate, they're looking for leadership, they're looking for guidance, but they're not getting it at home, they're not getting it from government. It's a period of time I've never seen before,” he continued.
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