Man charged with hate crime for stun cane attack

A Utah man is being charged with a hate crime after he allegedly shouted racial slurs at a black man and shocked him with a stun cane in November.

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City handed down an indictment Wednesday charging 58-year-old Mark Porter with one count of interference with housing. Porter used “force and the threat of force to injure, intimidate, and interfere with an African-American man because of his race after moving in nearby,” according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

“Get out of here nigger,” Porter drunkenly shouted at the man’s 7-year-old, according to reports last fall. According to the indictment, that’s when Porter struck the boy’s father with a “Zap Cane.” The cane is marketed as a weapon capable of delivering a million volts.

The indictment alleges that the Zap Cane is a dangerous weapon, and that the victim suffered bodily injury.


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