CUTLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) – The manager of a mobile home park in western Michigan is accused of putting a 14-year-old boy in a chokehold and using an anti-black slur against him.
The Grand Rapids Press reports 46-year-old Terry Ray Brooks Jr. has been charged with ethnic intimidation in connection with the June 8 incident at Green Meadow Village Mobile Park in Cutlerville. A judge said during a Monday hearing there’s enough evidence to go to trial.
Skylar Toris testified that Brooks confronted him and a friend after they climbed a fence. Toris said he tried walking away when Brooks grabbed him from behind and said he would kill him.
Brooks, who was fired, said the confrontation started when Toris slapped his cellphone out of his hand when he threatened to call police.
The hate crime charge is the first this year in Kent County.