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Beating Of Halifax Co. Man Could Be Considered Hate Crime

Posted February 7, 2002

— A Halifax County man is recovering from injuries suffered in what some people are calling a hate crime.

Christian Davis, 21, was beaten up last month at his girlfriend's home in Roanoke Rapids. Police say four white men kicked him and hit him with a bar stool and a pistol.

Davis' father, actor Clifton Davis, said that the men were racially motivated.

"This was not a crime of passion. This was premeditated. This was deliberate. This was gang racial violence," Davis said.

Jack Bryant and Scott Williams have been arrested and charged with assault and ethnic intimidation.

Police are still looking for Gary Harris and Donny Lee Hedgepeth.

Federal prosecutors are deciding whether to file hate crime charges.


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