CHICAGO (CBS) — A mom and son in western Illinois are the 1st to be sued by the point out for a loathe criminal offense beneath a 2018 expansion of the state’s detest crime guidelines.
Illinois Lawyer Standard Kwame Raoul’s place of work filed the lawsuit versus Chad and Cheryl Hampton, who are the two white. They are accused of harassing their Black neighbor, Gregory Johnson, in Savanna, Illinois, for several months.
“Our grievance alleges the defendants deliberately applied the shameful record of lynching and racism in The us to terrorize and instill worry in their subsequent-door neighbor only due to the fact he is Black. No a person ought to be subjected to this type of loathe,” Raoul said in a statement.
The match promises the Hamptons exhibited the racial slur n***** in front of a Accomplice flag in a window going through the victim’s home, exhibited swastikas in direct look at of the victim’s residence, and even made use of a noose to dangle an effigy of a Black man designed to resemble the target from a tree in entrance of his property.
“I appeared out of my new home at a Black-faced model shackled and lynched on a tree department, the N-phrase scrawled on a window, and swastikas,” Johnson reported in a assertion presented by Raoul’s office. “Our American flag was changed with their Accomplice flag. Have we not come any farther than this? This lawsuit is about tearing off the shackles that still restrain us to this day. It’s about never ever giving up on the mission of our United States Constitution. We, as a nation, are greater than this.”
The lawsuit, submitted in Carroll County, seeks extra than $25,000 in damages versus each Chad and Cheryl Hampton.
Independently, Carroll County prosecutors have billed Chad Hampton with felony destruction of residence, and Cheryl Hampton with prison harassment of a witness.