Wis. Teen Arrested for Alleged Hate Crime Against Gay Couple
A Wisconsin teenager was jailed last week after allegedly verbally harassing a gay couple and vandalizing their home. Police are calling the incident a hate crime, Fox 6 Milwaukee reports.
One of the alleged victims, Peter Barron, told Fox 6 that Khadijah James, 17, started harassing him, his brother and brother’s partner, about a week ago.
"She tried throwing a jug in the garbage and it bounced out and my brother’s friend said ’just throw it in the dumpster in the alley’ and she called him a few words," Barron said. According to police, after exchanging words, James became irate towards his brother Neil.
"She became defensive and started calling them gay slurs," Jessie Metoyer of the Racine Police Department, told the news station.
Despite the allegations, James’ mother defended her daughter saying, "It just doesn’t seem like something she would say." The criminal report claims, however, that James verbally harassed the same-sex couple with anti-gay slurs for a week.