Arrests made for hate crime

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) -- Two men were arrested for a racial hate crime over the weekend. It happened at McHugh's, on Lincoln Avenue. Police say Jacob Nicely and Steven Page, both of Mokena, yelled racial slurs at two men, then attacked them. Police say it was unprovoked which means they could be charged with a hate crime. Police say a teenager and his dad were sitting outside the restaurant. Two men on the corner appeared to be talking about the family and were staring. The men crossed the street, screaming obscenities, crossed the parking lot, then started hitting the victims. The men were arrested for aggravated battery in a public place and a hate crime. While they have not yet been charged, the state's attorney says there are certain elements which would allow him to include the hate crime charge. It was Parents' Weekend at EIU, but university officials couldn't confirm whether the teenager was a student. Nicely and Page are scheduled to appear in court at the end of next week. The FBI Civil Rights Program says hate crimes are their highest priority: "Not only because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities, but also because groups that preach hatred and intolerance can plant the seed of terrorism here in our country."
 


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