Two Toledo men charged with hate crime for beating African-American man
Two Toledo men were charged with a federal hate crime on Friday, July 29, for the beating of an African-American man.
The men were charged by complaint with beating the victim because he is black.
Investigators say Charles Butler, 33, and Robert Paschalis, 25, drove past the victim who was unloading from his truck at the time, circled back and began attacking him.
Butler and Paschalis beat the victim with a broom while yelling racial slurs at the man.
Authorities say the beating only stopped after two off-duty Ohio state police officers appeared on scene and pulled the attackers off the victim.
According to investigators, the victim suffered an orbital fracture as well as damage to his right eye.
Butler later posted on Facebook that the attack was "in the name of the White Race."
Toledo Police Chief George Kral said:
The Toledo Police Department is committed to protecting all citizens from those who chose to pray on them. Whenever a crime is motivated simply because of the victim’s race it makes the crime all the worse. I commend the United States Attorney’s Office for the charging of this person as they see fit. I want to let the citizens of Toledo know that we will work tirelessly to protect their interest at the local, state and federal level.”
A complaint is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Cleveland Division’s Toledo Resident Agency, in cooperation with Toledo Police Department and Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office