SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two men have been arrested in Spokane, Washington, for an alleged hate crime.
Spokane police say 32-year-old Jason Edward Cooper is accused of shouting racial slurs at his neighbor, Norris Cooley, punching him in the face and pointing a gun at his head before firing rounds into Cooley’s home.
Cooper and 36-year-old Donald Lucas Prichard were arrested late Monday night. On Tuesday they were charged with first-degree assault and malicious harassment.
The 66-year-old Cooley is a Black man who police say was berated and violently attacked for no reason other than the color of his skin.
Cooper’s girlfriend told detectives her boyfriend is a “supremacist” who had “white power” tattooed on his leg.