by Max Brantley
Interesting. A fairly rare prosecution for a hate crime.
U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin announced today that a grand jury had returned a two-count indictment of Shawn Simones Hardin, 42, of Maumelle for sending a threatening communication to a black family living in Maumelle.
The indictment said Hardin sent a written threat Feb. 20 to the family because of their race and because they lived near the Maumelle Country Club. One count is for making a "racially motivated threat." The other is for using the U.S. mail to send the communication.
"Today's indictment sends the message that we will not tolerate threats and discrimination based on race," said Griffin in a news release. "The United States attorney's office is committed to ensuring Arkansans are free to live where ever they choose without fear."